The Stillwater area was once again well represented at the 12th Annual Minnesota Old-Timers Football Association Golf Tournament on June 24 at River Oaks Golf Course in Cottage Grove.
Among the 98 players hacking away at this year’s event were 10 over the age of 80 — including Jim Dimick, who was the oldest at a trim, finely-honed 85. You can always list a bunch of football types cavorting on a golf course as one of life’s little treasures.
The winning foursome consisted of Stillwater’s Bob Kisch, a former gridder at St. Paul Humboldt and Hamline U, and was rounded out with fellow Humboldt gridders John Herzog, Bob Johnson and Ed Anglo. They represented the 65-years-and-older age group.
Prize money for the younger players was awarded to former White Bear Lake receiver Jim Gustafson’s foursome that just happened to include two golfers from Stillwater Mike Mustar and Dave Hobrough.
Cash prizes totaling $400 were awarded in two categories — 65-years-and-older and those under 65-years young. Prizes were awarded to the first- and second-place finishers in each division, longest putt, closest to the pin and closest to the line.
No fewer than 24 golfers from the Stillwater area, including several former SAHS head coaches, showed off their skills. The list includes Duane Mutschler (basketball), Don Campbell (baseball, assistant basketball), Wayne Orn (hockey), Bill Herzog (tennis), Donn Drommerhausen (assistant football) and Ricky Michel (baseball and current activities director).
Our oldest board member Bill Martin, 93, former head coach at St. Paul Central and assistant at Mounds View, was scheduled to play before Mother Nature dropped a tree on his house and he was forced to withdraw. The good news is that he plans to play next year.
Meet managers Jerry Foley, Gordy Genz and president Gary Gustafson deemed the event a huge success.
Gustafson also introduced the five members who will be inducted into the Minnesota Old-Timers Football Hall of Fame on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at a banquet at the Prom Center in Oakdale.
This year’s inductees include Lake Elmo’s Stuart Helgason, Dick Hammond, Gene Picha, Warren Olson and Jim Marshall. I will again emcee the festivities.
No, Foley and moi didn’t play in this year’s golf tournament because we both discovered back in 2002 that we were throwing our clubs farther than we were hitting the ball.
Today’s Sports Trivia
Name the heavyweight boxers who slugged it out in the title fight that took place in Zaire, Africa?
In the huddle
Sydney Evensen, a junior defender from SAHS, will play for the Midwest Team that will play in the Under Armour Underclass Lacrosse Tournament at Johnny Unitas Stadium on the campus of Towson University in Maryland on July 5-7. Evensen was selected for one of the 24 spots on the squad from among 120 players trying out for the team. Others from Minnesota who were selected include: Sophie Buelow of Chanhassen, Jordan Chandler of Blake, Oralee May Hespensheide of Bloomington Jefferson, Anna Johnson of Eden Prairie and Ann Slusser of Blake. The team will be coached by Pete Collins of New Trier High School in Illinois. Sydney and her dad, Dale Evensen ’93, a former football player and alpine skier, are making the trip out east…. Answer to Today’s Sports Trivia: That was the heralded championship bout between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman, which Ali won with a knockout in the eighth round. That had to be Zaire’s biggest claim to fame…. According to David Bly: “Striving for success without hard work is like trying to harvest what you haven’t planted.”…. SAHS has two former athletes who recorded state shot put championships in the persons of Tom Peterson in 1976 and Rob McGarry in 1979…. The Ern Peaslee Memorial Award given each year to a graduating member of the SAHS track and field team carries with it a $1,000 scholarship. The award is given annually to a member of the boys’ track and field team who best exhibits excellence in academics, citizenship and athletics. Peaslee ’46 was a life-long Ponies athletics booster. To make a contribution to this scholarship fund, contact Ann Bunce at 651-439-4945. Recipients of this scholarship include John Schantzen ’06, Kyle Peterson ’07, Peter Corcoran ’08, Patrick Swanson ’09, Ryan Nichols ’10, Marshall Davis ’11, Tom Linner ’12 and Sean Bjork ’13…. At the playground back in the old days when I was a struggling youth, there was a vast difference in the ages of the kids involved and a definite pecking order developed. The older kids got the big field and the better playing areas that were marked and lined for play, while the younger ones — biding their time — made do with lesser areas. In due time, the younger ones had the opportunity to move up in the hierarchy of things. Cross-town neighborhood traditions spawned at an early age, handed down by older peers and siblings, and the natural rivalries continued on into the high school years. A certainty of this by-gone time is that if parents were looking for their kids, they knew exactly where to find them. They were at the local playground, which was the hub of activity for the majority of young people…. Sorry to see the recent passing of Stillwater good guy Dave Schwartz at age 74…. Together we build courage, character and loyalty…. finis
Today’s rumination #625
You can count on it! The grocery bag that broke will be the one with the eggs.
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George Thole retired as head football coach at Stillwater after the 1999 season. He ranks among Minnesota’s top coaches in history with a 285-69-2 record (.805 winning percentage), including four state titles and two state runner-up finishes among 22 championship seasons. He co-authored (with Jerry Foley) “Coaching the Veer Offense,” second edition. His column appears Thursdays in the Gazette. To contact the hall of fame coach e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org