Bowtie Classic raises nearly $24,000 to support La Crosse schools
Other major sponsors
In near-perfect weather, 91 golfers joined the fun and fundraising for the fourth Charlie Miller Bowtie Classic Golf Outing and Knowledge Open, held Sept. 3 at Forest Hills Golf Course.
The number of golfers was a record, as was the total fundraising: a net of nearly $24,000 was raised to benefit the La Crosse Public Education Foundation. Proceeds go to support classroom grants and other important projects.
The golf outing is the largest annual fundraising event for LPEF and honors the late Dr. Charles Miller III, a foundation co-founder and a longtime member of the Board of Education for the School District of La Crosse. Dr. Miller — who was known for his signature bowties — was a surgeon at what is now Gundersen Health System. He died unexpectedly while playing racquetball in May 2011.
Susan Miller, wife of the late Dr. Miller, as well as their daughter Jeanie Everson, were on hand to join the festivities and also help sponsor the event. Susan and Jeanie made the rounds of the beautifully remodeled Forest Hills, selling raffle tickets and greeting golfers. The Miller Family sponsored free golf for two teams of La Crosse middle school students who played at the event.
Teams compete not just on golf skills in the scramble format. The event includes a unique feature: the Knowledge Open Challenge. At various holes on the course, questions are asked by National Honor Society students. Each event foursome, as a team, answers the questions during its round of play. Teams’ final scores are based on their golf game as well as their performance on the quiz.
Teams play for the benefit of schools in the School District of La Crosse, with the first-place team winning a $500 grant for a school. Second prize was $250. Third prize was $125 and the highest-scoring team also won $125 for a school. Awards were sponsored by Fowler & Hammer, which also provided support to discount registration fees for school teams, and for student foursomes.
Here are the winning foursomes:
Special thanks to Nick Marcou, District Community Outreach Coordinator, for taking photos at the Bowtie Classic.
The 2016 Bowtie Classic was presented by Coulee Bank.
Other major sponsors included: Marine Credit Union, Festival Foods, LHI and the Weber Family Foundation, Mathy Construction, GO Riteway and the La Crosse Tribune.
- 3P Administrators
- Associated Financial Group
- AVI Systems
- Barb Schultz
- Brad and Ann Fowler
- Bray Architects
- Brickl Bros
- Complete Control (4)
- Coulee Regional Mechanical
- Dahl Automotive
- DeBoer Pest Control
- EO Johnson Business Technologies (2)
- Five Star Telecom
- Gundersen Health System
- Hale, Skemp, Hanson, Skemp & Sleik
- HSR Associates
- Jean, Tom and Holli Thompson
- Jeanie and Fred Everson
- Jerry and Nan Kember
- JFK Associates
- Johnson Controls
- Judy and Dick Swantz
- Kaplan Professional Education
- Ken French
- Klich Electric
- La Crosse Area Retired Educators’ Association
- La Crosse Education Association
- La Crosse Glass (2)
- Lackore Electric Motor Repair
- Market & Johnson
- Masters Building Solutions
- McCabe Roofing
- News 8 WKBT
- P.E.O. Chapter CR Book Club
- Pan-O-Gold Baking
- Prairie Farms Dairy
- Randy and Lynn Nelson
- Reinhart Foodservice (2)
- Roland and Janeane Solberg
- Ron Hammes Refrigeration
- Skyward (2)
- Stephen & Katherine Webster
- Tom and Judy Sleik
- UW-L Foundation
- Waste Management (4)
- Western Technical College
Raffle prizes: Forest Hills Golf Course, Roger LeGrand, Fred Kusch, Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers, Masters Building Solutions
Hole contest prizes provided by: Northland Golf (2), Schmidty’s, Dublin Square, Judy Sleik, Shawn Dutchin and Tammy Larson
Water provided by: Gillette Pepsi-Cola Bottling of La Crosse
Special thanks to Central and Logan National Honor Society students for helping with today’s Knowledge Open.
Bowtie Classic Chairman: Superintendent Randy Nelson. Planning committee: Dick Swantz, Jerry Kember, Ken French, Tammy Larson, Shawn Dutchin, Keith Stoll, Steve Hole, Fred Kusch, David Stoeffler
Click here for a report on the 2015 and 2014 Bowtie Classics.