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Laker Open about fun and helping support high school sports

Get the most out of your buck and help a fine cause, all in one shot.

That's what the Eighth Annual KDLM Laker Open sponsored by Team Lab Golf Tournament provides Friday, Aug. 22, at the Detroit Country Club.

For $75, an individual gains their green fee (18 holes of golf), lunch, a registration gift, one drink ticket, door prizes, on-course events, awards, cart and a dinner after the tournament.

Then leave with the feeling of helping out Detroit Lakes Laker athletics.

"You get a lot of value for your $75 registration fee," said tournament committee member Steve Fode.

But more importantly, the tournament provides big funds for the DL Sports Booster Club, which helps finance all Laker sports teams.

Over the course of the last five years, the Laker Open has consistently raised more money each year. In 2003, the tournament raised $15,710, while last year, it hit an all-time high of $20,822.

The money which is raised, helps supports costs of all 24 DL athletic teams, which consists of over 400 athletes. The Sports Boosters also has aided keeping the athletic participation fees down to just $65 per student-athlete in each sport.

That fee is dramatically lower than the state average and surrounding schools, which can be up to $360 per student-athlete, per sport.

"The Sports Boosters benefits every sport here at DL," said head girls track coach and assistant football coach Mike Labine, who is also on the tournament committee.

The Sports Boosters alone made over $37,000 in purchases -- including uniforms -- for a bevy of equipment for various sports programs during the 2007-08 season.

During a time when the majority of school districts are either cutting costs in its athletic programs, or just cutting programs altogether, the DL Sports Boosters has provided the luxury for the Laker athletic programs to gain valuable equipment.

"Take out the Sports Boosters (from DL) and much of that equipment we were able to purchase last year will not be bought," said Activity Director Mitch McLeod. "The school district would have to pick up those costs."

But with the Sports Booster Club, many costs for the school district are saved -- and the KDLM Laker Open sponsored by Team Lab is a big fundraiser for it.

Registration and lunch will be at noon Aug. 22, followed by a shotgun start at 1 p.m.

The tournament will be an all-scramble format, with prizes being awarded for both men's and women's teams on both courses -- Pine to Palm and Lakeview Golf Courses -- at the Detroit Country Club.

The tournament on each course is open to the first 36 registered teams, while individual golfers can sign up and they will be assigned a team.

For teams and players who want to play a quicker round, they can play on the Lakeview course, with the same prizes being awarded.

Registration forms can be filled out and picked up at the DLHS office, KDLM, Team Lab, the Detroit Country Club and the Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center.

Golf carts are also in short supply, so you are asked to reserve carts by advanced payment so they can be ready on the day of the tournament.

For questions or additional registration information, contact Vern Schnathorst at 218-846-1255 or Fode at 218-847-4199.