Gordy Skaar Memorial Golf Tournament raises over $45,000 for BSU Athletic scholarships

Gordy Skaar Memorial Golf Tournament raises over $45,000 for BSU Athletic scholarships
Monday, June 21, 2021
Gordy Skaar Memorial Golf Tournament raises over $45,000 for BSU Athletic scholarships

BEMIDJI, Minn. (Bemidji Town and Country Club) -- More than 200 golfers gathered at the Bemidji Town and Country Club for the 44th Annual Gordy Skaar Memorial Golf Tournament on June 18, which grossed over $45,000 in support of Bemidji State University’s athletic programs.

With both morning and afternoon flights, all participants in the five-person scramble received tee gifts including a commemorative golf towel, golf balls and a gift bag courtesy of tournament sponsor Sanford Health. Golfers enjoyed Stittsworth Meats brats grilled by Ace on the Lake, buns from Raphael’s Bakery and Cafe and a walleye meal following their round.

On-course games included a long-drive challenge, closest-to-the-hole competition, putting contest and a hole-in-one contest for a new car provided by Dondelinger GM in Bemidji. In addition, an online auction was promoted the week of the event featuring BSU apparel and merchandise, items donated from local Bemidji businesses, golf packages and the opportunity to watch a BSU Men’s Hockey game from a Sanford Center suite. The auction allowed bidders from all across the nation to support the tournament.

Long-drive winners on holes 1, 3, 4, 8 and 9 were Mara Rosenberg, Kevin Pickhard, Jake Kangas, Ryan Welle and Craig Hougan, respectively. Closest-to-the-hole winners were John Buckanaga (hole 2), Tom Serratore (hole 7) and Clint Cornell (hole 11).

And Dave Erickson scored the only an ace knocking his tee shot in on hole 14.

The team of Serratore, Paul Friesen, Andy Friesen, Jeff Peltier, and Cornell produced the lowest net score of the day carding a total of 47.3, while Welle, Travis Barnes, Eric Carlson, Tony Burlingame, and Bob Brink posted a score of 49 to claim the gross score prize.

The 45th Annual Gordy Skaar Memorial Golf Tournament will return in June 2022, date to-be-determined. The tournament has raised nearly $900,000 for BSU Athletics since 1978 with proceeds supporting student-athlete scholarships through the Beaver Pride fund and the Gordy Skaar Memorial endowment.

Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) and Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA), respectively, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).


(Portions of this release courtesy of https://bsualumni.org/)