Area Golf: State Farm still holds top spot

News from around the Brainerd lakes area golf courses


EAST GULL LAKE — With just three weeks remaining, State Farm Insurance holds a 9.5-point lead over Big Wood in the men’s league standings at Cragun’s Legacy Courses.

In third place is Fuhr Insurance with Lakes Financial just a point behind in fourth.

Individual highlights from Thursday, Aug.4, were Craig Franke and Mike Quinn scoring low gross while Ardell Paulson and Gary Lippo posted the top low net scores.

Joe Ranwiler and Tyler Monda were closest to the pin winners and Grant Vanwyngeerin and David Winkelman made the longest putts.

Cragun’s women

EAST GULL LAKE — Teah Rardin secured one of the two long drive proximities to help her team of Julie Rathjen, Sharon Higgins and Rachel Martin shoot a 30 and post the first-place score on Course One Tuesday, Aug. 2, for the Cragun’s Women’s Night.


The foursome of Angela Andelin, Mindy Howard, Cheryl Karnowski and Malinda Johanneck shot 32 for the low round on Course 3.

Kayla Schmolke joined Rardin for the longest drives. Theresa Proctor and Alice Smith made the longest putts.

On the Par 3 Course, Brenda Moravec and Jane Riley shot 27 for the low round. Brenda Miller made the longest putts and Bonnie Brandon was closest to the pin.

Whitefish men

PEQUOT LAKES — Rick Kastner and Tom Olson captured the two-person team quota event Tuesday, Aug. 2, for the Whitefish Men’s League.

Second place went to Tom Boyce and Mike Sitzer followed by Dan Fackler and David Duncan.

Gary Amundson and Mike Einan won the second flight followed by Darrell Swanson and Duane Frion in second and Mike Rancour and Duane Helfenstein in third.

Tim Hubbard and Ron Meyer were closest to the pin. Bruce Bissonnette and Swanson drained the longest putts.

Whitefish women

PEQUOT LAKES — Barb Hanson, Paua Guiliford, Joi Brandt and Dorie Kaleva were the first-place team for the Aug. 3 team Lone Ranger game for the Whitefish Women 18-Hole League.


In second place were Joyce Fleck, Myra Faust, Nancy Schmidt and Bev Prueher.

Mary Dougherty, Julie Hofstadt, Cheryl Bontrager and Sally Ekman placed third.

Sherri Adam shot a net 68 for the low round of the event.

Dougherty, Hofstedt, Debbie Enger, Hanson, Schmidt and Prueher all carded birdies. Enga Wodziak and Hanson made chip-ins.


Tom Osiecki, Burnsville, aced the 176-yard fourth hole of Madden’s Pine Beach East Course Aug. 2 using a 5-wood.

Ben Rhodes, Superior, Wis., aced the 174-yard ninth hole of Madden’s Pine Beach West Course Aug. 6 using a 4-hybrid.

Senior scramble

GARRISON — The Mille Lacs Senior two-person scramble is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 8, at Northwoods Hills Golf Course.

Registration is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. The entry fee is $75 per player and includes the green fee, cart and lunch.


The tournament is open to men and women 50 years or older.

For more information or to register contact Kristopher Boike at or by calling 320-692-4325.

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