On Saturday, Aug. 15, Indian Springs Golf Course was buzzing with activity as the seventh annual Arrowhead Open teed off.
With athletics in flux due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the funds raised by the Arrowhead Open and the Nokomis Athletic Club are in need more than ever to keep Nokomis High School athletes on an even playing field.
Fortunately, Saturday’s event drew an astounding 40 teams, with the foursome of Jason Arndt, Mike Havera, Brant Wernsing and Tate Clark taking the top spot with a 53.
“The Arrowhead Open committee wants to say thank you to the golfers and volunteers who joined us today for the seventh annual Arrowhead Open. It’s always a great time,” the group said via Facebook. “Thank you to all of the sponsors this year at all of the levels. Your support is greatly appreciated! Thanks to Indian Springs for letting us hold our scramble there and working with us! Last but not least a HUGE shoutout to the committee. Your teamwork and dedication is awesome!”
There would be a four-way tie for second, with the team of Barry Epley, Colby Bray, Mark Wiseman and Mike Jonas; the team of Adam Huddleston, Monte Epley, Jason Lupton and Kenny Vallelonga; the team of Ben Thorton, Jason Kates, Marc Bain and Schylar Fuller; and the team of Ryan Johnson, Cody Hill, Dave Towne and Ali Towne splitting the $200 second prize.
The 11th place team of Jon Koons, Kyle Burris, Dave Koons and Jim Koons won four rounds of golf at Oak Terrace Golf Course in Pana, while the 17th place team of Chad Ruppert, Jordan Ruppert, Don Frerichs and Jason Hoos won four rounds of golf at Indian Springs.
In addition to the team prizes, Lucas Kimbro took home the award for the longest putt made, while Bill Murray won the men’s longest drive. Danielle DeWerff would take the top spot in the women’s longest drive, while Nick Llewellyn took closest to the pin honors.
There would also be a 50/50 raffle at the tournament, which was won by Brian Cress, who donated it back to the Nokomis Athletic Club.
Over the first six years of the tournament, the Nokomis Athletic Club has raised more than $148,000 for Nokomis Athletes, and in spite of a pandemic, the “Tribe” showed once again that they are there for the Redskins.