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Taking a swing against cancer

Bob Sinotte

A golf tournament at the Osakis Country Club will take place on Saturday, August 25.

But the golfers' scores won't matter as much as their cause — raising money for research that will fight cancer.

The fourth annual Bob Sinotte Open is a nine-hole, two-person team scramble. It honors Sinotte, who passed away in February 2015 from pancreatic cancer.

The event, which also includes a silent auction and a free-will donation lunch, is making a difference. Last year, 48 golfers participated and raised $9,450. In the last three years, it's raised $25,850.

The money is donated to the Mayo Cancer Research Fund.

The Mayo Clinic was so impressed with last summer's donation that it sent a letter to Sinotte's widow, Karen Sinotte, and the Osakis Country Club: "We are grateful for your support as we work hard to advance medicine and get closer to a cure," it read in part. "Events like yours don't come together without many people. Thank you to all those involved to make this event a huge success!"

Sinotte was very active in the Osakis area, especially at the Osakis Country Club. He was a member for more than 30 years and served on the golf course board.

The BS Open will begin at 3 p.m. There will be contests for longest drive, longest putt and closest to the pin for women and men. The entry fee is $20 per person (green fees and carts are extra). Those who want to play in the same two-some must sign-up together. No changes will be allowed on the day of the event.

Those who are unable to attend but would like to contribute or donate a prize may call Julie at 320-491-4554 or Doug as 320-760-4490. Registration forms or donations may be dropped off at the Osakis Country Club or the Osakis Municipal Liquor Store.

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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