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Ice Golf Tourney is Saturday

This photo of the Ice Golf Tournament was taken the last time it was held on Lake Osakis, 2015. Bruce Cerney and his teammates laugh as they attempt to golf with a hockey stick. (File photo)

Mother Nature should cooperate this year by allowing the Osakis Fire Department fundraiser, the 14th annual Ice Golf Tournament, to take place on the frozen waters of Lake Osakis on Saturday, March 3.

For the last two years, the event had to be moved to the Industrial Park area because of warm weather that made the ice unsafe. But not this year.

"For sure — we'll be having it on the lake," said Matt Kral, one of the organizers. "We're good to go."

Many prizes are up for grabs at the tournament, which is sponsored by the Osakis VFW.

Besides the fun of competing with friends for a challenging round of golf on a frozen lake, four-person teams can win $175 for first place, $120 for third place, $100 for fifth place, and $75 for seventh place and ninth place (based on the number of teams entered).

There will also be a "most unique headwear" contest with more prizes — $50 for the best team and $25 for individual. Ties will be determined by the draw of a card.

Sign-in begins at 11 a.m. at the VFW on the morning of the event. Shuttles, provided by the VFW, will transport golfers to the public access at Lake Osakis.

The scramble-style team tournament will start at noon.

Two clubs are allowed per person. Racquet balls will be provided. Participants may bring a sled or wagon to carry their clubs and/or coolers. No glass bottles are allowed.

Cost for a four-person team is $120. To register, call organizers Craig Schultz at 320-491-2351, Matt Kral at 320-815-8527 or the VFW at 320-859-2117.

Al Edenloff

Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  

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