Area Golf: CRMC Championship founder steps down from leadership team

79-year-old Ron Sanders steps away from leadership role at CRMC Championship

Ron Sanders

Ron Sanders announced he was stepping away from a leadership role of the CRMC Championship in a press release sent Feb. 2.

The 79-year-old is the founder of the CRMC Championship which is now a Mackenzie Tour event being held for the first time Aug. 22-29 at Cragun’s Legacy Courses after two years of being canceled.

Sanders cited health issues as one of the reasons he’s stepping down. He was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

“Last summer, I was diagnosed with Alzheimer's and I’m learning to deal with it,” Sanders said over the phone Thursday.

In the press release, Sanders said he was proud of getting the CRMC Championship to be a PGA sanctioned event and getting Minnesota native Tom Lehman as the honorary chairman.


“Our goal was to drive economic development and charitable giving while making a statement about the golf and recreational assets available in the Brainerd Lakes Area,” Sanders said.

Sanders thanked the lakes area community and Cragun’s golf operations staff for their support.

“I have every confidence that the 2022 tournament committee will excel and expand the event beyond my wildest dreams,” Sanders said.

Sanders and his wife still plan to attend the event and have bought tickets.

“I have signed up as a volunteer. I’m just not going to be officially involved,” Sanders said over the phone. “I’m excited to see Tom Lehman’s new golf course.”

CRMC Championship tournament director Jack Wawro expressed his gratitude toward Sanders.

“We’re very grateful for Ron’s work founding the CRMC Championship and we look forward to hosting a successful event this August,” Wawro said.


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