Bemidji Town & CC - August 2002 Newsletter

   Now that the Birchmont is behind us we can start focusing on our next big event; The Vandersluis held August 31, September 1,2. The format is 54 holes stroke play for Men's and Sr. Men's Championship and 18 qualifying with 3 matches for Men's, Senior. Men's and Ladies flights.
    We would like to see greater member participation in this fun event and this year we are LOWERING the entry fee for members to $50.00. This includes a Sunday night dinner and prizes. Please sign up early before the good tee-times are gone.
    We also will need volunteers to help with the scoreboard. If you are interested, please contact Rick or myself.

    Our 4th Annual Member Classic was a big success with 144 players competing on Saturday, July 13. I'd like to thank Gretchen and her crew for doing a great job providing a wonderful meal after golf. The event was a two-person best-ball and the players with scores below were the top finishers.
1. Paul Daman-Peggy Dow
2. Diane Fitzgerald-Bob Fitzgerald
2. John Schulke-Vicky Schulke
4. Richard Wiley-Daryl Knoer
4. Mara Lee Mayer-Joe Mayer
4. Jane Miller-Tom Conzemius
7. Ken Johannson-Len Bergan
7. Bob Kobilka-Mitch Knutson
7. Rick Habstritt-Jim Daman
7. Alyssa Konecne-Tara Gurney

    The Tuesday Nite winners during the month of July are: Rod Pickett-Dave Hancock, Steve Hanson-Steve Gault, Chase Jackson-Kevin Krigbaum and Jim Sutton-Tim Hins. These teams will join the other winners in our Annual Tournament of Champions held on August 27th.

    The 78th Annual Birchmont was another huge success. Once again, we filled up the tournament and received countless positive comments about the course and event. This tournament wouldn't be possible without the dedication and time contributed by our volunteers. I want to give special thanks to Bob Kobilka and Sylvia Wildgen for their hard work the entire year as co-chairs as well as Pat Dooley, Kathy Gardner and the numerous other volunteers . Thanks!
    For more information and results visit

    Congratulations to BTCC member Eric Niskanen for the nice article in the July issue of Golf Mazagine (page 25) on a new golf course he designed called Thumper Pond. Thumper Pond, par 72 measuring 6,600 yards, is located in Ottertail, MN and is listed as a "must play" in the Golf Magazine article. More information can be found on their website at

Greetings from the Clubhouse:
    I can't believe that August is here already. Where has our summer gone? July has come and gone ending with the success of the Birchmont. Congratulations to all the Birchmont winners.
    I would like to remind everyone to please print your name somewhere on your guest checks from the restaurant. A printed name helps us to ensure the proper charge has been made. Thanks for your help!
    August should prove to be busy with a number of golf tournaments and functions. Starting with the 1st National Bank Golf Classic (Women's Athletics) on the 2nd, Lumberjack on the 9th, Baer Reception on the 10th, 50th wedding anniversary party on the 11th, Blackduck Forest Service Retirement Party on the 16th, Bemidji High School Class of 1972 Reunion on the 17th, Couples Shotgun and a private party on the 18th, Brusegaard Reception on the 23rd, Sande Reception on the 24th, Moen Reception on the 25th, Kraus Anderson Golf tournament on the 26th, and to end the month the start of the Vandersluis on the 31st.
    Please note that when we have non-golf functions that close the clubhouse our new addition is available. We are working out some kinks that come with new territory so please bear with us. We are trying to do our best for our members.
    Summer will be gone before we know it so get out and enjoy what is left.
    Hope to see you in the Clubhouse.
Gretchen Fjerstad Clubhouse Manager

    Our 10th Annual Pepsi-Nei Bottling Bemidji Pro-Am drew 21 four-man teams and was held on Friday, July 12. Low pro-honors went to Bill Israelson of Staples (again!) with a score of 67 while John Carlson of Bagley finished second with a 68. Rick Grand finished 7th with a 72. A complete list of scores can be viewed at
    I would like to thank Bob Ness and Nei Bottling, Coca-Cola of Bemidji and Shooting Star Casino for their generous contributions to this event.

    This year's annual Junior Club Tournament will be held on August 27-29, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. This event is open to all junior members and no entry fee is charged. A free lunch will follow golf on Thursday. Sign-up is in the pro-shop. Tee times will begin at 8:00 am on Tuesday and Thursday and at 7:30 on Wednesday.
Paul Grovum

   Thanks to everyone for making our Member/Guest day fun for all despite the bad weather. Congratulations to our winners Chmielewski/Moe with low net and to Douglas/Tinglestad for low gross. Other winners:
    Freborg/Fellows, Mayer/Dorso
    Harmon/Renken, Neff/Welle,
    Fagerstrom/Nestaval, and Schulke/Faecke.
    Rally For A Cure will be held on Monday, August 5th and Wednesday, August 7th. You do not need to be a league member to play in these events so please encourage your friends to come and help us raise money for a cure. August 14th is the MWGA tournament. If you are not playing in this event please consider volunteering to help or come out and cheer on the players.
    August 19th will be the end of the year tournament for the Monday night league and August 28th for the Wednesday league. There will be lots of prizes so plan on joining the fun. We will not be having a separate awards dinner this year.
    We are looking for new board members for next year. If you are interested please let any current board member know.
Good Golfing
Pam Johnson-Chair

    With the Birchmont complete, my staff and I will focus on various projects planned for this year. We will begin the final stages of sand replacement in bunkers on holes 1, 13, 16, 18. We also will be initiating a program of tee leveling with tees on holes #5 and #13 to be completed first. The green's committee has ongoing discussions of course improvement projects but at this time nothing has been finalized.
    As a reminder we are scheduled to aeriate greens on August 19-20 with tees to follow the next week.

   Aug 9 Lumberjack Scramble
   Aug 18 Couples Shotgun
   Aug 19-20 Aerify Greens
   Aug 26 Kraus-Anderson Fundraiser
   Aug 27-29 Junior Club Championship
   Aug 27 Tournament of Champs
   Aug 31, Sept 1,2 Vandersluis
   Sept 8,9 BSU Men's Invitational
   Sept 10 Top Ten Shootout
   Sept 11 Courage North
   Sept 16 MNPGA PAT Tourny