More than 140 friends, fans and alumni of Bemidji State University Athletics gathered at the Bemidji Town and Country Club June 21 to take part in the 42nd Annual Gordy Skaar Memorial Golf Tournament.

Between the morning and afternoon flights, on-course games and a silent auction, 30 teams raised over $30,000 for the Bemidji State Athletic Scholarship Fund and the university’s 15 athletic programs.

Participants enjoyed great food, activities and socializing with BSU faculty and staff, current athletes, alumni and other BSU Athletics supporters. Participants had the opportunity to participate in on-course games including a long-drive challenge, closest-to-the-hole competition and a hole-in-one contest for a new car provided by Dondelinger GM.

Long-drive winners on holes 1, 3, 4, 8, 9 and 13 were Jane Grovah, Luke Erickson, Scott Fogelson, Tim O’Keefe, Mychal Stittsworth, and Michael Peterson, respectively. BSU basketball head coach Mike Boschee, Paul Welle, Doug Taylor and Darnell Barnack earned individual closest-to-the-hole honors. No hole-in-ones were recorded on the day.

The Bemidji Town and Country Club hosted a brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. for participants and volunteers. Brats from Stittsworth Meats and non-alcoholic beverages were also served on the course.

An award ceremony, fish fry and silent auction were held following the afternoon session. Silent auction items included golf outings for a number of regional courses, BSU merchandise, autographed collectables, event tickets and more.

Three awards were given out for low net scores. The team consisting of John Eickhof, Gary Erickson, Janet Grove, Mitchell Mackendaz and Tim O’Keefe took home first place with a net score of 46.5.

The second place team with a net score of 48.2 included Todd Curtis, Corey Stittsworth, Kirby Stittsworth, Mychal Stittsworth and Bob Walker.

For the second year in a row, the team of Tim Dondelinger, Tom Serratore, Paul Friesen, Clint Cornell and Jeff Peltier took first place in gross scoring by shooting a 52.

The second lowest gross score of 55 was recorded by Scott Fogelson, Mike Fogelson, Chris Hennum, Jim Jensen and Garrett Nelson.

The 2020 Gordy Skaar Memorial Golf Tournament is scheduled for June 19 at the Bemidji Town and Country Club.

The Gordy Skaar Memorial Golf Tournament was started in 1978 by the late Gordy Skaar to assist Bemidji State to raise funds for its men’s athletic programs. To date, the event has nearly $800,000 for BSU Athletics.