Taking a swing against cancer
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.