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Tapemark Charity Pro-Am Fast Approaching

Posted Tuesday, May 25th, 2010 12:39 am GMT -5 in Golf at 12:39 AM

The 39th Annual Tapemark Charity Pro-Am golf tournament is coming up quickly. This year’s event runs June 11-13 at Southview Country Club in West St. Paul. Check out the great online course tour to see what’s in store for the field of amateurs and professionals.

The $750 entry fee includes two guaranteed rounds at Southview (plus a 3rd round if your team makes the Sunday cut), two tickets to the team drawing banquet on Wednesday, June 10, two tickets to the Saturday night dinner and a Pro-Am merchandise package.

The tournament makes charitable contributions in the form of general operating grants to five organizations: Arc Greater Twin Cities, Arc of Minnesota, Dakota Communities, ProAct, and the Learning Disabilities Program of Children’s Home Society and Family Services.

If you can, please support this event by playing, volunteering, buying a raffle ticket or making a donation.

Originally published by DK on May 25, 2010 at 12:39 am

2010 Eau Claire Marathon

Posted Sunday, May 2nd, 2010 09:01 pm GMT -5 in Marathons,Running at 9:01 PM

Today I ran the second annual Eau Claire Marathon in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. This was marathon number 15 for me and I set a new PR by 25 minutes. I averaged an 8:42 pace and finished with an official chip time of 3:47:49. Here were the splits:

7:58, 7:42, 7:53, 7:51, 7:56, 7:48, 8:01, 8:09, 8:13, 7:42, 8:09, 8:31, 8:30
8:35, 8:34, 9:01, 8:59, 9:08, 9:24, 8:50, 9:21, 9:22, 9:59, 9:54, 10:18, 10:09

That time was good enough to place 60th out of 230 marathon finishers. The half marathon had 1234 finishers, while the two mile run had 207. Full marathon results can be found here.

The course was interesting. There were some very beautiful sections, including a four mile stretch on a dirt trail through a forest and multiple river crossings. Some other stretches were just there to get you from point A to point B (which is fine and couldn’t really be avoided). The only thing I disliked was the nasty hill that ended right at mile 26 – pure evil.

The weather was a mixed bag. The temperature was good, but the sun was out the entire time. Winds picked up over the course of the morning and provided a challenge in many spots (although it was a cool breeze and helped offset the hot sunshine).

One last note – the course volunteers and Eau Claire police officers were all wonderful. Even though the field wasn’t very big, they really treated all the runners like royalty.

Originally published by DK on May 2, 2010 at 9:01 pm

2010 Minnesota Section PGA Media Day

Posted Saturday, May 1st, 2010 03:09 pm GMT -5 in Golf at 3:09 PM

Wednesday was the fourth annual media day for the Minnesota Section PGA at Town and Country Club in St. Paul. Special thanks to Ed Heil of StoryTeller Media for the invitation.

The weather this spring in Minnesota has been record-setting (no measurable snow in March or April) and Wednesday was perfect. The format for the day was two-person match play scramble and I was paired with the head pro from Victory Links, Scott Roth. We were up against Mr. Heil and Steve Whillock, Director of Golf at Oak Marsh Golf Course in Oakdale.

Steve is preparing for the U.S. Senior Open qualifier at Mendakota in June and his game was on. He has a unique setup routine, but it really works – he crushed the ball straight down the fairway every time. Despite a strong start, Ed and Steve closed us out by the 15th hole. We had a great foursome, though, and had a very enjoyable morning.

Town and Country was in wonderful condition. The greens were fast, everything was green, flowers were blooming and construction of a new tee box on the 15th hole was proceeding nicely. I played T&C for the first time last year and thought it was a bit quirky. This year I decided I really like the uniqueness of the layout and absolutely love the history. The seventh and eighth holes still aren’t my favorite due to the closeness of Cretin Avenue, but all of the others are full of character and fun to play.

I talked to many people about the general state of the game right now and the consensus was downbeat. Courses are being sold for cents on the dollar, private clubs are dropping fees to attract and retain members and everyone is trying to make due with less. It seems like there will be a shakeout in the industry in the short-term, which will likely see several courses close for good.

Here is the official media day report from the PGA:

The Minnesota Section PGA held its annual Media Day April 28th at Town and Country Club in Saint Paul, MN. Twenty-two members of the media teed it up with twenty-two PGA Professionals in the Scramble format. The team representing Television/MGA took home the trophy for the second time in the history of the event by an 8-3 margin over the Print/Media. In the individual team competition Scott Seroka from KARE-11 TV partnered with Tim Brovold of Bunker Hills GC to shoot an 8-under par 64 to claim the top spot. Finishing one shot back at 7-under par 65 were Dan (The Common Man) Cole from KFAN Radio and his partner Bill Israelson from the Vintage at Staples. Special thanks to Town and Country Club and PGA Professional Ryan Rindels for hosting.

Be sure and check out the section calendar if you’d like to attend any of the great events conducted in the Minnesota section this season. One other plug – if you want to get better this year, sign up for a lesson with your local pro. It’s good for the game – in more ways than one…

Originally published by DK on May 1, 2010 at 3:09 pm
 

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