People have said a lot of thing about the Masters over the years, but the ability to follow Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia for their entire first round in HD on my AppleTV with no commercials, announcers that don’t scream and silence the majority of the broadcast (aside from the birds chirping) is about as good as sports TV gets, in my opinion. Add in a work-from-home snow day blizzard outside (with wife and daughter safely inside) + hot pizza from across the street + new levels in Two Dots = my favorite day in weeks.Originally published by DK on April 11, 2019 at 1:05 pm
Golf is like bicycle shorts. It reveals a lot about a man…Originally published by DK on April 9, 2019 at 6:32 pm
When I was three years old, Bob Klas, Sr. and Pat Cody founded a charity golf tournament at Southview Country Club to raise money for Minnesota children and adults living with developmental disabilities. I started supporting the event after tournament president Phil Callen read about my CD-ROM guide to Minnesota golf in a Pioneer Press story written by Gregg Wong (who also wrote about the tournament). This started an 18 year run that included multiple versions of the tournament website, thousands of lines of code, hundreds of photographs and one very stressful long weekend every June. I even got to play in the event one year, shooting two embarrassingly high numbers and failing to make the cut.
Last year, the Klas family decided to find a new group to continue the tradition and the tournament has transitioned to the leadership of the Minnesota Section of the PGA. They have launched a new website and will take over all tournament operations this year. I plan to add a Tapemark section to this site, so that people can still view the old scoreboard pages and view some of my favorite photos from past tournaments.
Last Friday, Bob Senior died at the age of 91. My condolences go out to the entire Klas family, many of whom I have had the pleasure to spend considerable time with since joining the Tapemark family. That’s really what it was too, a family. It was always so great to see Bob Senior at the drawing banquet and driving his golf cart around on tournament weekend with wife Sandy by his side. His son Bob Junior is a wonderful person too, although I’m not 100% convinced he really likes golf all that much.
Pics and obituary after the jump. UPDATE: the 7MM Tapemark page is here.
Robert C. Klas Sr. Age 91 February 26, 1928 – March 8, 2019 Passed away at Lilydale Senior Living in Lilydale, MN, surrounded by family. Former President and CEO of the Tapemark Company in West St. Paul, Bob was a continuing member of the Board of Directors. Born and raised in Wabasha, MN, he was the second oldest of nine children. It was when he was in high school that Bob began his career in business when he purchased, along with his older brother Dan, a full-sized portable popcorn stand. It was through his paper route, home chores, the popcorn business, and his living away from home while working the rails as a teenager that he learned the importance of dedication and hard work. Upon graduating from Wabasha High School in 1946, Bob spent the following two years in the U.S. Navy before entering Hamline University in 1948. It was when he was a student at Hamline that Bob met and married the former Frances Alexandra “Sandra” Boardman. Together they raised six children. Upon graduating from Hamline, he soon was hired at the one-machine Tapemark Company. Bob eventually purchased Tapemark, building it into one of the premier tape- and adhesive- label printing companies in the Upper Midwest before transforming the business into a medical device and pharmaceutical contract manufac-turer with end-use customers located throughout the world. In 1967, Bob was named “Small Businessman of the Year” by the St. Paul Chamber of Commerce. Tapemark was twice voted Best Managed Company in its industry under his leadership. Later in his career, Bob led a turn-around of WTC Industries, serving as its Chairman until the company was sold to CUNO Industries. Parents of two special needs children, Bob and Sandy were deeply connected to the Saint Paul Association for Retarded Children. It was this association that inspired Bob to found and co-direct the Tapemark Charity Pro-Am Golf Tournament in 1972. Annually held over three days each June, the Pro-Am is recognized as part of the unofficial Grand Slam of golf for the MN PGA Section. Over its 47-year history, the Pro-Am has raised nearly $8 million for special needs children and adults. Included in his numerous business board memberships was his time as Director and Chair of WTC Industries. A very proud alumnus of Hamline University, Bob served two terms as a member of the Board of Trustees, and later was elected a Life Trustee of Hamline in recognition of his long support and dedication to the University. He is survived by his wife Sandra; his children Margaret (Phil) Johnson, Robert (Linda) Klas, Elizabeth (Reid) Polome, Thomas and Christine (Brian) Nelson; his grandchildren Katherine Johnson, Charles Johnson, Scott Klas, Lauren Klas, Annie Polome, Samuel Polome, Christopher Polome and Kate (Jonathan) Plett; his great-grandchildren Noah Johnson and Lily Plett; sisters Mary Peterson, Janet Roberts and Alice (Chuck) Harrison; sisters-in-law Mary Lou Klas, Louise Klas, and Evelyn Morse; as well as many nieces and nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews. Preceded in death by his daughter Frances; parents Thomas and Gertrude; brothers Daniel, James and William; sisters Carol Carr and Harriet King. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 13 at Willwerscheid Funeral Home, 235 Wentworth Avenue West, West St. Paul from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Funeral service will be held on Friday, March 15 at the United Church of Christ, 317 2nd Street West, Wabasha, MN, at 1:00 PM. A visitation will also be held at the church one hour before the funeral service. Interment will be at Riverview Cemetery in Wabasha. Memorials preferred to the United Church of Christ in Wabasha.
Originally published by DK on February 22, 2019 at 10:25 am
- My wife and daughters, who are so kind and whip-smart
- Everyone who has supported my recovery
- Driving on my own
- The Saint Dinette cheeseburger
- Our Lowertown loft
- The choo-choo
- Progressive jackpots
- Kingdom Hearts 3
- Code (that works)
- Live music
- A well-struck golf shot
- Sunshine (on my shoulders)
The flip side of that other mini-post…Originally published by DK on February 17, 2019 at 3:27 pm
I’ve never been big on year-end lists or goal summaries here, but I’ve always done a fair amount of goal-setting privately. This past year has put a different spin on my perspective, so I thought it might be useful to share a few things as 2019 gets started. In hindsight, a lot of my previous health goals seem rather vain compared to plain old recovery. And how fortunate was I in the past to just want to run faster, bike farther or finish another marathon? Now, regaining my normal vision (without prism lenses) is goal #1, followed closely by getting cleared to resume driving and riding a bike. I’m very thankful that the outlook for all of these things is good – much of this might happen by the middle of March.
Since Dr. Tummala gave me the OK to resume treadmill running, I’ve felt good the past week, with three slowish runs totaling 7.1 miles. I also did one nine mile ride on a stationary bike and resumed doing light dumbbell repeats. Not really sure what workout goals to set for 2019 – the only race I’m registered for is the Get in Gear 10K in April and I’d really like to participate in the Bike to Work challenge again in May. Beyond that, I just want to stay consistent all year and not have any big gaps in my charts (which happened twice in 2018). It would be nice to return to regular weekly runs with WeRunMpls once the ice melts and I’d love to reschedule a ski trip for next season (Banff, Colorado or Schweitzer). Lots of golf outings to schedule with people too.
The doctors cleared a return to air travel already, but money and time will be limited. The original plan was to give each person in our family a trip for their respective milestone birthday in 2019, but all of those plans are on hold for the time being. Most likely options? A quick Las Vegas trip after the Final Four and maybe a work trip to the annual Cisco conference, which is in San Diego this year (June 9-13). And of course Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens in both Florida and California this year, but that will likely fall in the Tokyo/Lanai/Switzerland dream trip category for the time being.
With the Vikings season over, my job shifts focus to the Final Four on April 6th and 8th. We have four large events before then (two trade shows and two dirt shows), but there is a lot to do before “the road ends” in Minneapolis. Then we get to break down that setup for Garth Brooks and his sold-out stadium tour before prepping for Summer X Games (version 3.0). Since X Games moves to early August, there won’t be a lot of time between that and football pre-season. With all that work to do, maybe I should start daydreaming again about building a tiny cabin on the North Shore to escape to with the family…
Wow, how lucky am I to be writing this post? Happy New Year to all of you – may 2019 be full of love, health and prosperity!Originally published by DK on January 1, 2019 at 6:04 pm
Number 14 at Sand CreekOriginally published by DK on October 29, 2018 at 11:22 am
Quick, fun trip to Vermilion to celebrate Mr. Schuster’s 50thOriginally published by DK on September 24, 2018 at 11:44 am
Wide range of weather at The WildernessOriginally published by DK on September 22, 2018 at 1:53 am
It’s a tough job, but someone had to do itOriginally published by DK on September 19, 2018 at 8:17 pm
The former Hastings CC still in great shape – shot an 88 from the whites at Dakota PinesOriginally published by DK on September 16, 2018 at 2:56 pm
Team building with Leo at Keller – shot an 86 from the bluesOriginally published by DK on September 14, 2018 at 10:59 am
Just like Chan Poling sawOriginally published by DK on September 14, 2018 at 10:58 am
https://www.golfdigest.com/story/pine-valley-golf-club-like-youve-never-seen-it-exclusive-drone-footage-of-all-18-holesOriginally published by DK on September 10, 2018 at 4:27 pm
Shot a shaky 87 from the whites at Columbia – too many poor shotsOriginally published by DK on September 8, 2018 at 12:54 pm
Shot an 84 from the whites at Sand Creek – the new gear is really starting to pay offOriginally published by DK on August 25, 2018 at 4:46 pm
Thanks, TapemarkOriginally published by DK on June 21, 2018 at 7:00 pm
Congrats to the Klas and Cody families on a great Tapemark runOriginally published by DK on June 4, 2018 at 1:30 pm
Number four @ Keller with Ed and LeoOriginally published by DK on May 25, 2018 at 12:29 pm
The iconic 15th hole @ Highland NationalOriginally published by DK on May 18, 2018 at 10:33 am
Looking forward to breaking this one in over at Brookview – thanks Phil!Originally published by DK on May 9, 2018 at 8:31 pm
http://www.brainerddispatch.com/sports/golf/4433286-area-golf-boos-remembered-creator-golf-meccaOriginally published by DK on April 18, 2018 at 1:36 pm
https://www.golfadvisor.com/articles/streamsong-course-debate-17673.htm#.WqFntxpOhkU.twitterOriginally published by DK on March 8, 2018 at 10:56 am
Faribault $25 specialOriginally published by DK on September 23, 2017 at 1:30 pm
Signs, signs, everywhere signs…Originally published by DK on August 13, 2017 at 6:56 pm
Highlands course @ Mississippi National, Red WingOriginally published by DK on August 13, 2017 at 6:49 pm
Golf with ops @ Highland NationalOriginally published by DK on August 4, 2017 at 8:36 pm
Nine holes @ Inver Wood before we were pulled off by ThorOriginally published by DK on July 25, 2017 at 8:40 pm
Number 15 @ Southview has lost some treesOriginally published by DK on July 22, 2017 at 7:40 pm
36 holes @ The Wilderness is too much for my tired handsOriginally published by DK on July 4, 2017 at 7:54 pm
The Wilderness is still the greatestOriginally published by DK on July 4, 2017 at 12:21 pm
Need Dutoit to maintain his lead SundayOriginally published by DK on June 10, 2017 at 3:42 pm
My new “jackpot” clubs – thanks, Golf Pro CodyOriginally published by DK on June 9, 2017 at 8:39 am
Mr. Golfer plays at BakerOriginally published by DK on June 3, 2017 at 1:49 pm
The pork ribs at the Meadows GrillOriginally published by DK on May 31, 2017 at 10:39 am
Looks like I’m switching to TaylorMadeOriginally published by DK on May 27, 2017 at 7:09 pm
Sunday round with Leo @ Gross NationalOriginally published by DK on May 7, 2017 at 11:25 am
Pretty sure this is where it was @ Fairbault Golf & Country ClubOriginally published by DK on April 15, 2017 at 5:30 pm
Congrats, SergioOriginally published by DK on April 9, 2017 at 7:11 pm
IBM doing their thing at the MastersOriginally published by DK on April 6, 2017 at 11:20 am
Round number two was a little rougherOriginally published by DK on April 4, 2017 at 7:20 pm
Golf with John and Cathy @ Palmbrook CC, Sun City, AZOriginally published by DK on April 2, 2017 at 3:05 pm
Top charity golf tournaments in the metroOriginally published by DK on January 23, 2017 at 4:05 pm
A very snowy Meadows at Mystic LakeOriginally published by DK on January 19, 2017 at 2:40 pm
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http://www.golfdigest.com/gallery/americas-100-greatest-golf-courses-rankingOriginally published by DK on January 5, 2017 at 2:57 pm
Flashbacks @ GoodwillOriginally published by DK on December 22, 2016 at 11:19 am
Tenth tee at StonebrookeOriginally published by DK on November 5, 2016 at 10:05 pm
Hardly ever this nice in November – Stonebrooke, Shakopee, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on November 5, 2016 at 3:47 pm
Back to Midland Hills (thanks to Special Olympics)Originally published by DK on October 22, 2016 at 10:35 pm
Wish I played better, but what an amazing October day in MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on October 10, 2016 at 5:22 pm
Ridges at Sand CreekOriginally published by DK on October 8, 2016 at 9:57 pm
http://www.turfnet.com/blog/8/entry-1318-the-real-deal/Originally published by DK on October 7, 2016 at 4:21 pm
Jack Nicklaus, fake 16th fairway, Hazeltine National Golf ClubOriginally published by DK on October 2, 2016 at 9:28 am
First tee, final Saturday match, Ryder Cup 2016Originally published by DK on October 2, 2016 at 9:27 am
After years of planning, Ryder Cup week has finally arrived in Minnesota. It’s extra fun to see the golf world focus (again) on the local club that has so many great people connected to it – members and staff alike. The last time a major was held here (the 2009 PGA), I had a media pass and covered it for my old Golfing in Minnesota website. The major before that (the 2002 PGA), I volunteered for one of the charities in a food booth. This time I decided to just put my name in the lottery and ended up with Tuesday practice round tickets.
As I’ve mentioned before, the early part of the week is almost more fun than the competition days because the players are relaxed and will generally interact with the gallery. You can also take all the pictures you want, which is really cool considering how close you can generally get. This time I just used my new iPhone with the “zoom” lens and got some decent shots (see the full gallery after the jump). Tuesday also had the added benefit of the celebrity matches, which included Bill Murray and Michael Phelps playing for the U.S. side. I didn’t know they were doing that, so that was a fun bonus.
I went with the Miller brothers and we both parked our cars at the main public lot at Canterbury Park in Shakopee. The bus ride only took about 20 minutes, but traffic on 169 was terrible and overall it took much longer than I planned to get there. The busses dropped off at Chaska High School and people walked from there to the course. The entry was nicely designed and dropped you into the area at the opposite end of the driving range from the new clubhouse. The super gigantic store was impressive, as was the entire temporary village of tents, platforms and chalets.
We ended up looping around most of the course, as Brad hadn’t seen it before. I’ve been lucky enough to play Hazeltine six times over the years (only breaking 100 half of the time, never below 90) and love seeing how the very talented Chris Tritabaugh has prepared everything for the world’s best. It’s really too long and difficult for me, but should be a great time for these players with the much-lower-than-PGA rough and newly rebuilt fairways. Not a fan of the hole re-numbering, though.
In addition to the U.S. and European players (professional and celebrity), we also saw Tom Lehman, Jim Furyk, Bubba Watson, Tiger Woods and my friend Doug, who was the scorekeeper for the Phelps group. We also saw lots of familiar red U.S. Bank Stadium jackets on the Monterrey Security team members that did the mag screening. Many companies with suites at the stadium were represented with corporate tents, so I think there will be a lot of overlap between my two worlds this week.
Levy Restaurants bought Prom Catering last year and created the Levy Prom Golf subsidiary that is providing the food at this Ryder Cup. The tent I went to was out of burgers and chicken sandwiches and had a very long line. I ended up with a $5 hot dog, $3 bag of chips and a $3 salted nut roll. Can’t recall how much the bottle of Mt. Dew cost, but they had many different beverage options. Wish they would add a little variety on the food side, but overall it was fine.
We stopped at the store on the way out and I thought the selection was amazing and the prices were generally fair. Of course the two things I really wanted, the hockey jersey and daily player shirts, were the most expensive ($265 and $90, respectively). I did leave with a signed Michael Birawer print, though, that was only $35.
Getting home was a two hour exercise in patience. The lines at the high school snaked back and forth across the parking line in a queue that rivaled anything you see at Disney. It moved at a decent pace, but unfortunately a lack of busses meant waiting in a pen for 10-15 minutes before we were able to board. Traffic leaving that part of town was horrible, so I got home much later than planned.
All in all, though, very much looking forward to a return visit on Saturday…
Why does the one item I liked the most cost $265?Originally published by DK on September 27, 2016 at 9:20 pm
The more I practice, the luckier I get…Originally published by DK on September 26, 2016 at 8:43 am
Low slope and rating = rough on index @ DwanOriginally published by DK on September 24, 2016 at 11:26 am
Valleywood Par ThreeOriginally published by DK on September 2, 2016 at 3:08 pm
Tuesday is all I could getOriginally published by DK on August 29, 2016 at 10:09 am
Big hitter, the Lama…Originally published by DK on August 27, 2016 at 10:37 pm
12th hole of the current Braemar layoutOriginally published by DK on August 13, 2016 at 1:14 pm
Willingers 12th hole, NorthfieldOriginally published by DK on July 30, 2016 at 12:57 pm
TVs may not work, but this will doOriginally published by DK on July 15, 2016 at 10:38 am
First railroad vehicles at Sand Creek in ages (maybe ever?)Originally published by DK on July 9, 2016 at 12:19 pm
http://www.mngolf.org/m/News/Van_Rooyen_Cruises_to_Victory_at_TapemarkOriginally published by DK on June 13, 2016 at 7:46 am
The South African Gopher takes it by fiveOriginally published by DK on June 12, 2016 at 9:03 pm