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Shooting Star golf tourney raises over $25K

Nereson’s offered this 2013 Cadillac as the hole-in-one contest prize. The J&M Printing team is shown with it, although nobody won the car. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Over $25,000 was raised at the second annual Shooting Star Scholarship Golf Tournament, which took place on June 7 at the Mahnomen Country Club.

All tournament proceeds went towards the Shooting Star Scholarship Fund, which raises money for scholarships to be awarded to White Earth members and descendants seeking post-secondary education.

Shooting Star is proudly owned and operated by the White Earth Nation. More than $7,000 additional scholarship funds were raised this year.

Nearly $16,000 in prize giveaways were presented to winners of various hole contests, on-course contests, and overall team contests, such as the golfer with the longest drive, the longest putt, closest to the pin, landing his or her ball on the green off the tee box, driving a whiffle ball for distance, and more.

The tournament included 36, three-person teams, 18 holes, and prizes offered for the top finishing teams in each division.

Golfers had a chance to meet and golf with the stars of the tournament, including Rickey Young, former NFL running back for the Minnesota Vikings, Juan Berenguer, former MLB pitcher for the 1987 World Champion Minnesota Twins team and Autry Beamon Former NFL corner back for the Minnesota Vikings. A dinner and awards ceremony was held after the tournament at Shooting Star Casino, Hotel, and Event Center.

The tournament winners are as follows:

In the first flight, Food Services of America took first place (the prize was $300). Kahlbaugh Farms took second to win $200. Newman Outdoor took third place to collect $100.

On the second flight,

Vicki’s Party Pro took first place and $300. Nereson Automotive took second place and $200. Zambelli Fireworks took third place and $100.

In the third flight, first place went to Roi-Visions-Buffalo Nickel Creative. The prize was $300. Second place went to Aristocrat for $200 and third place went to Gitchi Gaming for $100.

In the hole contests, James Davitch of Myriad Devices won a $125 Shooting Star Casino package for longest putt.

Hole No. 7 Longest Drive award went to Jen Kahlbaugh of Kahlbaugh Farms. The prize was a $125 Shooting Star Casino package.

Hole No. 4 Closest To The Pin On Second Shot went to Austin Roeder of Kahlbaugh Farms. The prize was a $125 Shooting Star Casino package.

Each White Earth student receives $1,000 in scholarship funds. Scholarship beneficiaries received a certificate of recognition at the golf awards banquet.

The following are 2013-2014 scholarship recipients for this area:

Kristopher Donner: Waubun High School. Parent: William Donner; Future plans: University Of North Dakota, computer science.

Lea Haverkamp: Waubun High School. Parents: Tony and Christie Haverkamp; Future plans: Minnesota State University Moorhead, business administration, marketing emphasis.

Samantha Heisler: Waubun High School. Parents: Kasey Heisler, Wilbur and Sue Heisler; Future plans: Bemidji State University, nursing.

Ryan McArthur: Waubun High School. Parents: Joseph and Diane McArthur; Future plans: North Dakota State University, computer engineering.

Ariann Rousu: Detroit Lakes High School. Parent: Angela Soyring; Future plans: Business, graphic design.

Olivia Vogt: Detroit Lakes High School. Parent: Amy Vogt; Future plans: North Dakota State University, chemistry.