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Beneficial Tournament Tees up for 16th Year

Fri, Aug 16th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Features

Some members of the Jacobson family at the Burro Pride Golf Tournament - In back L to R: Marge, Robbie, Oz, Cathy, J.W. and Judy. In front L to R: Eric and Patty. Photo by Barb Jeffers

By Barb Jeffers

Saturday, August 10, 2013 brought a large group of people to the Lanesboro Golf Course for a tournament to remember those from the past and to support the future of others. The 16th Annual Burro Pride Golf Tournament raises money to be donated to the Lanesboro Booster Club.

The history of the tournament began in 1998 when Don Jacobson, an LHS Alumni from the class of 1951 and Burro supporter, realized there was a need for equipment and uniforms and decided a golf tournament would be a great way to raise the funds.

Don passed away in 1999 and his family decided to continue the tournament as a Don Jacobson Memorial. The Jacobson family continued organizing the tournament for many years with the Lanesboro Booster Club taking over leadership in 2003.

In 2007, the tournament began to honor Andrew Ruen, a student who passed away in 2006 and was a member of the Burro golf team. The tournament became the Burro Pride Tournament: In Memory of Andrew Ruen, Founded by the Don Jacobson Family. Many members of the Jacobson family and Ruen family spent the day at the golf tournament surrounded by people sharing hugs and laughter.

The four-person best shot tournament featured a Big Cup, Shotgun Start with 18 holes being played. Sixty-seven people hit the links in the tournament with the winning team consisting of Scott Strom, Cory Strom, Tyler Speer, and Pete Ask. The $40 entry fee included golf, prizes, and a delicious dinner by cook Bill Hanson of the Lanesboro Golf Course.

A highlight of the day for many children in attendance was meeting Raef LaFrentz. Raef, who stands six foot, 11 inches, was an All-American basketball player in college at the University of Kansas. He was third overall pick in the 1998 draft and played in the NBA until 2009. Raef, who was playing in the golf tournament, took time to talk with the children about the importance of working hard every day and posed for photographs with the kids.

A raffle was held with many donated gifts including a patio umbrella, grilling essentials, and t-shirts to name a few. Silent auction items were available for bidding with many gift baskets and other useful objects up for grabs.

Bidding went quickly during the live auction with auctioneer Steve “Ike” Wangen selling desirable items such as an adirondack chair decorated with the burros name and logo, a golfing package for Somerby Golf Course in Byron, Minn., and homemade pies being among the top money makers.

There were new additions to this year’s tournament including a Junior Golf Tournament and a Bean Bag Tournament. The Junior Golf Tournament was a popular event with 22 youth golfers participating. Many people also enjoyed the Bean Bag tournament along with all of the other activities that took place throughout the day.

Money raised during the Burro Pride Golf Tournament goes to the Lanesboro Booster Club. The mission of the booster club is to enhance the athletics, arts and academics for the students of Lanesboro Schools and money is granted for items such as library books for the elementary students, math wizards support, weight room equipment, classroom materials to enhance curriculum, music department support and equipment as well as other needs.

There were over 60 sponsors of the golf tournament, as well as nine hole sponsors. These sponsors included businesses, groups, families, and individuals who show their pride and dedication to the Lanesboro Burros. Without these sponsors the event could not take place. A huge thank you goes out to each and every one of them.

Matt and Kristen Asleson co-chaired this year’s tournament along with school board member Terri Scott and Gretchen Schwichtenberg and the team did a fantastic job of planning and preparing for the fundraiser. The Lanesboro School Board would like to thank the group for all their hard work and dedication to the event including the Jacobson and Ruen families, as well as many others who offered their time, donated items, or helped in any way.

Also, the co-chairs and the Lanesboro Booster Club would like to thank the Lanesboro Golf Course and staff for hosting the golf tournament and providing great service.

The tournament has a special history bringing together families and friends to honor two people who are gone but never forgotten. Make plans now to attend the 17th Annual Burro Pride Golf Tournament in August of 2014.

To view photos from the golf tournament visit the Fillmore County Journal’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/fillmorecountyjournal.

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