“The eighth annual Dollars for Scholars (DFS) golf tournament had 18 teams participate, the most we’ve ever had,” according to Jim Rolbiecki (right).
“It was exciting to see such a large turnout.”
“It was a bit hectic at the start,” added Harlen Ulrich, “but everyone got into a good tempo and things moved more quickly.
Ulrich added, “It was a perfect day and the course looked great!”
A passing storm in the early morning hours gave Minneota about .7” of rain, according to groundskeeper Brandon Hennen. That shot of rain seemed to settle the dust and give the ground a good cushion.
“A roll when you got here, a nice sandwich for lunch and golfing with friends and family — it just doesn’t get better than that,” added Bob Nelson.
While the weather got hot and steamy, the scores were very low this year.
Nate Munkel, Brian Cox, Dave Afdem and Mike Pasquriello shot an amazing 55, 17 under par and four strokes better than the Jim Christianson and Jim Rolbiecki teams at 59.
The Kockelman team had a 61 to take fourth place honors. Andrea Christiansen’s team and Harlen Ulrich’s team had 62’s.
Les Engler’s team and Virgil Ufkin’s team were next at 65, while the Nelson’s and Spanton’s finished at 66. Jeremiason’s, DeSutter’s, Przymus’, Myhre’s, DeCock’s, Crowley’s and two Esping teams finished out the race.
In talking about their tremendous score, Dave Afdem said that their team made almost every putt. “Mike Pasquriello was unbelievable,” said Afdem. “He hit great shots all day long and his putting was extraordinary.”
It didn’t hurt that teammate Brian Cox hit several 300+ yard drives. A 59 for a winning score is enough to usually win, but not on this day.
“Linette Nelson and Ruth Bot do so many things that make this event successful,” said Ralph Hagen.
“Harlen Ulrich, Jim Rolbiecki and others put together a nice prize table, ensuring that everyone is a winner,” added Hagen. “Walt Strangman, Bob Nelson and Lyall Gislason do a great job promoting the event and doing financial tasks. And Dale Kockelman does a great job, too,” Hagen said.
In special events for the day:
• Dodie Derynck had the longest putt for the day on hole #9.
• Brian Cox hit a monster drive on hole #1 to win the longest drive.
• Jim Christianson’s son, Matt, won the closest to the pin contest on hole #3.
The local Dollars for Scholars Chapter appreciates all who were involved in the golf tournament. “The support for our students in the scholarships that are created is so appreciated,” added Hagen.
If anyone would like to contribute to Dollars for Scholars, please send your contributions to: Dollars For Scholars, 504 North Monroe St., Minneota, MN 56264.