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Gordy Skaar Memorial Golf Tournament today at BTCC

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Everything is set for today's 33rd annual Wells Fargo/Gordy Skaar Memorial golf tournament which will be hosted by the Bemidji Town and Country Club.

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Each team consists of five golfers who will play a scramble format. The morning session, which begins at 7:30 a.m., will feature 13 teams while another 27 teams will tee off at 12:30 p.m.

"This year we have more than 200 golfers registered," said tournament committee member Scott Robbins. "The field is larger than last year and includes many regulars plus some new golfers. It's going to be a fun day."

The tournament was started by Gordy Skaar as a means to raise money for the Bemidji State University men's athletic programs. Its specific goal was to award athletic scholarships to northern Minnesota student/athletes.

During the past 32 years the tournament has raised more than $650,000. Tournament officials expect to increase that figure by about $20,000 today.

In addition to entry fees, the event generates funding through business support.

"This year we have a record 53 businesses which became hole sponsors," Robbins said. "Many other businesses also donated door prize and auction items."

Throughout most of the tournament's history committee members would construct the teams based on the quality of the players. The field would be divided into five talent pools and the teams would be assigned a golfer from each of the divisions.

More recently, however, the format was changed so the players can choose their own teammates. To make the field as even as possible, event officials now assign handicaps to each team.

"Most of the time we use USGA membership figures to determine a player's and a team's handicap," Robbins said. "We rely on the honesty of the individuals. Golf is a sport that is based on honesty and, hopefully, people playing in a charity scramble won't lie about their handicap."

In addition to golf the Skaar participants will enjoy a breakfast brunch and dinner. Several on-course games and events, including a hole-in-one contest, are also included in the entry fee.

For more information on the Skaar tournament contact BSU's Beaver Pride organization at 755-2827 or visit the website at www.skaargolf.com.

Y pmiller@bemidjipioneer.com

Everything is set for today's 33rd annual Wells Fargo/Gordy Skaar Memorial golf tournament which will be hosted by the Bemidji Town and Country Club.

Each team consists of five golfers who will play a scramble format. The morning session, which begins at 7:30 a.m., will feature 13 teams while another 27 teams will tee off at 12:30 p.m.

"This year we have more than 200 golfers registered," said tournament committee member Scott Robbins. "The field is larger than last year and includes many regulars plus some new golfers. It's going to be a fun day."

The tournament was started by Gordy Skaar as a means to raise money for the Bemidji State University men's athletic programs. Its specific goal was to award athletic scholarships to northern Minnesota student/athletes.

During the past 32 years the tournament has raised more than $650,000. Tournament officials expect to increase that figure by about $20,000 today.

In addition to entry fees, the event generates funding through business support.

"This year we have a record 53 businesses which became hole sponsors," Robbins said. "Many other businesses also donated door prize and auction items."

Throughout most of the tournament's history committee members would construct the teams based on the quality of the players. The field would be divided into five talent pools and the teams would be assigned a golfer from each of the divisions.

More recently, however, the format was changed so the players can choose their own teammates. To make the field as even as possible, event officials now assign handicaps to each team.

"Most of the time we use USGA membership figures to determine a player's and a team's handicap," Robbins said. "We rely on the honesty of the individuals. Golf is a sport that is based on honesty and, hopefully, people playing in a charity scramble won't lie about their handicap."

In addition to golf the Skaar participants will enjoy a breakfast brunch and dinner. Several on-course games and events, including a hole-in-one contest, are also included in the entry fee.

For more information on the Skaar tournament contact BSU's Beaver Pride organization at 755-2827 or visit the website at www.skaargolf.com.

pmiller@bemidjipioneer.com

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Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

(218) 333-9200
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