Once again the weather did not disappoint the 35 teams that played in the Big Stone Health Care Foundation’s 24th Annual Oak Tree Classic Golf tournament which was Saturday, September 12 at the Ortonville Golf Course.
Family and friends were the theme of the day. Dan, Luke and Karina Kafka’s score of 55.4 gave them first place. The second place team was new to the tournament—husband and wife Troy and Angela Olson and Justin Monson—their score was a 56 and third place went to Matt Karels, Andy Karels and Luke DeVos with a score of 56.1.
The Best All Woman team prize of gift baskets donated by Ranet Schmeichel went to the team of Ranet Schmeichel, Liz Sorenson and Mary Weber. Second to the last place honors went to Rochelle Reede, Lois Banken and Becky Ash. They each awarded Oak Tree themed wood items made and donated by Wade Swezey.
Bill Vangsness won the top raffle prize which was an Oak Tree Classic EZ Go Electric Golf Car. Oliver Zinski won the handmade Men’s Golf Clubs with a stand-up bag and Audrey Tobin, Arvin Mueller, Jacob Bollman and won Kristine Meyer won the cash prizes of $200, $100$50 and$50.
Challenges and games of chance out on the course are a fun part of the Oak Tree Classic and several golfers won prizes: Nick Giese had the longest drive for men on Hole 7, Liz Sorenson had the longest drive for women on Hole 4, Randy Schoon had the longest putt on Hole 3 and Jacob Bollman was closest to the pin on Hole 6. Each of those golfers received an Oak Tree Classic Jacket. Other Game winners include Isaiah Longnecker who won $185 for the longest Marshmallow Drive—Tom Roscoe received a dozen golf balls from RBC Wealth Management just for trying the game, $175 went to Brenna Rausch which was half the pot on the “Between the Sheets” game on Hole #2, Scott Simonitch won half the pot ($245) on the “50/50” card game, Mike Swenson won a cooler full of goodies from Eide Bailly on Hole #6, and Dr. Greg Peterson won the Shotgun donated by Diane & Brad Rieck in memory of Ed Kiernat on Hole #17. Wheel of Fortune winners on Hole #6 include: Sue Rausch, Jacob Bollman and Liz Sorenson
(Artie’s Bait & Tackle Certificates and Shirts), Rob Rakow and Dan Kafka ( Mi Mexico Gift Certificates), Blair Johnson and Paul Treinen (Off the Green Gift Certificates), Phyllis Barr and Michael Peterson (Bello Cucina Gift Certificates). The Visa Gift Cards sponsored by Northside Medical Center were won by Dr. Mark Bierschbach, Lyle Bergland and Karen Thyne.
Silent Auction High Bidders were: Dr. Bob Ross (MN Twins Champions Club Package-Brady Forseth-Starkey Hearing Foundation), Gregg Lindahl (Paul Molitor Hall of Fame Baseball-Brady Forseth-Starkey Hearing Foundation), Dr. Chris Conroy (Adrian Peterson Autographed Football-Brady Forseth-Starkey Hearing Foundation), Mike Swenson (Hand-made Putter and Titleist Golf Balls-Dan Nelson), Blair Johnson (Morey’s Seafood Package-The Grocery Basket Store & Casino),Kristen Tillotson (Caiti Barr Photography Certificate), Blair Johnson (Teddy Bridgewater Autographed Jersey-Brady Forseth-Starkey Hearing Foundation), Jerry Wiegman (Charlie Johnson Framed, Autographed Photo-Brady Forseth-Starkey Hearing Foundation), Eric Banken (Mike Wallace Autographed Football-Brady Forseth-Starkey Hearing Foundation).
Hole in One Sponsors for 2015 are: Border States Co-op, Investors Advisory Management Group, OAHS, Hanratty & Associates, Sanford Health Network, Big Stone Therapies, Rausch Granite, Berkner Pizza, Conroy Eye Care, Strong Inc., and Main Street Fitness of Clinton, LLC. Hole sponsors are: AAA Collections Inc., AOS, Ash Law Office, Dr. Anthony Hilleren-Bluestem Dental, Bierschbach Dental, CenBank, Communications Mid-America, Frandsen Bank & Trust, Hartman’s SuperValu Foods, Hasslen Construction, Lakewood Supper Club & Sioux Historic Pavilion, Minn-Kota Anesthesia, NXC Imaging, Off The Green, Ophthalmology Associates-Drs. Curt Wischmeier & Dr. John Bormes. Ortonville Plumbing & Heating, ProImage Partners, R & K Agronomy, Saputo Cheese USA Inc., Stattelman Lumber, Steven Winther DDS, Stolpman Insurance, Strata Corporation, Transmed Inc., Valley Office Products and Winthrop Resources Corporation. Other sponsors and donors include: Ortonville Independent, Northside Medical Center, MinnWest Bank, Hartman’s SuperValu Foods, Dakota Winds Golf Course, Dr. Robert Ross, Rausch Granite, Milbank Ford and NB Golf Cars.
Volunteers for this year’s Oak Tree were: Deb Berning, Jerry Dragseth, Jim Foster, Julie Ann & DeAndre French, Larrie Bea Oase, Aidan Rakow, Rob Rakow, Sara Tollackson, Kristin Taffe and Brittany Welberg.
Oak Tree Classic Committee Members are Dr. Greg Peterson (Chair), Steve Barr, Chris Batchelor, Dr. Chris Conroy, Tony Rausch, Val Rausch, Dr. Robert Ross, Coralie Sandberg, Ranet Schmeichel and John Thomas.
The Oak Tree Committee and BSHCF Board want to thank Adam Ellard and Andrew Buchholz and their crews for the beautiful course and the fabulous food. As always, the Oak Tree would not be the successful fundraiser it has become without the support of all the donors, sponsors, golfers, silent auction bidders and volunteers –without you, none of this would be possible. Tournament proceeds further the Big Stone Health Care Foundation’s mission to maintain and expand top quality, local healthcare through Physician Recruitment, Education Loans, Scholarships and Grants and funding Capital Equipment needs.