2015 Bowtie Classic raises nearly $22,000 for grants and other LPEF programs

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Due to the support of Midwest Fuels and other major sponsors, the 2015 Charlie Miller Bowtie Classic Golf Outing and Knowledge Open was a tremendous success, producing nearly $22,000 in net proceeds to support classroom grants and other programs of the La Crosse Public Education Foundation.

In addition, teams won another $1,500 in direct grants to individual schools in the School District of La Crosse.

Despite ongoing construction at Forest Hills Golf Course, the event on Sept. 5, 2015, drew about 75 golfers, plus about 20 students asking Knowledge Open questions and providing a reminder that the event is all about enhancing education.

Susan Miller, wife of the late Dr. Charles Miller III, joins former Superintendent Jerry Kember selling raffle tickets at the Sept. 5 Bowtie Classic.

The golf outing — held for the third time — 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 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 and family, were on hand to join the festivities and also help sponsor 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.

Winning first place, with a final score of 34, was the team of Ben Fowler, Brad Fowler, Tom Londergan and Scott Straker. They won a grant of $500 for Logan High School.

Second place, with a score of 38, went to the team of Brent Wilkerson, Beau Elston, Kevin Hooper and Josh Buxton. They played for North Woods Elementary School and won a grant of $250.

Playing for Emerson Elementary -- and winning a third-place prize of $125 -- were Associate Superintendent Troy Harcey, School Board member Jeff Meyer, Assistant Central High Principal Troy McDonald and Superintendent Randy Nelson.

Third place, with a score of 40, was a team of Associate Superintendent Troy Harcey, School Board member Jeff Meyer, Central High School Assistant Principal Troy McDonald and Superintendent Randy Nelson. The team was playing for Emerson Elementary School and won a grant of $125.

This Boys & Girls Club team, led by Jake Brown, included Andriel Morgan, Chris Lopez and Cole Parins-Renwick. The team was sponsored by Midwest Fuels, the presenting sponsor for the 2015 Bowtie Classic. Playing for Northside Elementary, the team won $125 for fourth place.

Fourth place went to the team with the highest score. A team from the Boys & Girls Club of La Crosse — sponsored by Midwest Fuels — was led by Jake Brown and included students Chris Lopez, Cole Parins-Renwick and Andriel Morgan. Their efforts won $125 for Northside Elementary School.

See a complete photo gallery of teams here.

The 2015 Bowtie Classic was presented by Midwest Fuels.

Other major sponsors include: Festival Foods, the Weber Family Foundation, Marine Credit Union, Gundersen Health System, Coulee Bank and Honda Motorwerks.

Hole sponsors were:

3P Administrators
Associated Financial Group
Bray Architects
Brickl Bros
Complete Control
DeBoer Pest Control
First Student
Five Star Telecom
Fowler & Hammer
Brad & Ann Fowler
Ken French
GECU, The Friendly Credit Union
Mark Glendenning & Margie Webster
Hale, Skemp, Hanson, Skemp & Sleik
JFK Associates
Jerry & Nan Kember
Klich Electric
La Crosse Area Retired Educators’ Association
La Crosse Education Association
La Crosse Tribune (2)
Jeff Meyer
Randy & Lynn Nelson
Person First Supportive Services
Prairie Farms Dairy
Ron Hammes Refrigeration
Barb Schultz
Skyward
Tom & Judy Sleik
Roland & Janeane Solberg
Judy & Dick Swantz
Jean, Tom & Holli Thompson
Travel Leaders
Tostrud & Temp
Stephen & Katherine Webster

Raffle prizes: Forest Hills Golf Course, First Student, Roger LeGrand, Fred Kusch, Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers, Minnesota Vikings, Minnesota Twins

Hole contest prizes provided by: Edwardo’s, Northland Golf, Schmidty’s, Java Vino, Ken French, Greg Bonney, Shawn Dutchin and Tammy Larson

SPECIAL THANKS: To Susan Miller and the family of Dr. Charles Miller III for support, including sponsoring registrations for young people to play in this year’s event.

Our Planning Committee: Chaired by Superintendent Randy Nelson. Other members: Dick Swantz, Jerry Kember, Fred Kusch, Ken French, Tammy Larson, Shawn Dutchin, Steve Hole, Keith Stoll and LPEF Executive Director David Stoeffler.

National Honor Society students arranged by Troy Harcey and Jerry Kember.

Water provided courtesy of Midwest Coca-Cola Bottling of La Crosse.

Bowtie Classic 2014

About 90 golfers came together to benefit La Crosse public schools at the second Charlie Miller Bowtie Classic Golf Outing and Knowledge Open, held Aug. 30, 2014, at Forest Hills Golf Course. (For a photo gallery, click here.)

The event is a major fundraiser for the La Crosse Public Education Foundation and also 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 was a surgeon at what is now Gundersen Health System. He died unexpectedly while playing racquetball in May 2011.

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With the generous support of sponsors, including the family of Dr. Miller, the event helps support the overall work of the foundation as well as generate $1,000 in prize money for immediate grants to La Crosse schools represented at the outing.

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.

In the video above, Joe Grosskreutz, a senior at La Crosse Central High School, poses a Knowledge Open trivia question at Hole No. 18 as part of the Charlie Miller Bowtie Classic. Providing a correct answer was Saul Siegman, part of the team involving Jarena Everson, Fred Everson and Jeanette Everson, daughter of the late Dr. Charles Miller III, namesake of the golf outing.

 

Here are details on the winning teams:

Hamilton Early Learning team

1st Place – Marine Credit Union team Curt Greeno, Aaron Sharar and Adam Keer.

Winning $500 for the Hamilton Early Learning Center was a three-man team from Marine Credit Union: Adam Keer, Curt Greeno and Aaron Sharar. The team’s final 18-hole score was 49 after subtracting 12 points for correct answers to questions in the Knowledge Open.

2nd place - Brad and Ben Fowler, Jim Ringstrom and Tom Londergan

2nd place – Brad and Ben Fowler, Jim Ringstrom and Tom Londergan

Second place – winning $250 for Longfellow Middle School – was the team of Brad Fowler, Ben Fowler, Jim Ringstrom and Tom Londergan. The team score also was 49 after subtracting 8 points for correct answers. (The tie-breaker was based on which team correctly answered the most questions.)

Summit team

3rd place – Phil Gredler, Dirk Hunter, Bill Hoel and Phil Curti

Third place, with a score of 51 (after 10 correct answers), went to the team of Dirk Hunter, Phil Curti, Phil Gredler and Bill Hoel. The team won $125 for Summit Elementary, where Hunter is principal.

Lincoln SOTA II

Jeanette Everson, Saul Siegman, Jarena Everson, Fred Everson, Esther Everson, Susan Miller and Daniel Everson

Last place, for the highest 18-hole score, went to a team representing the family of Dr. Miller. The team included his daughter, Jeanette Everson, Fred Everson, Jarena Everson and Saul Siegman. They were assisted by two other grandchildren, Daniel and Esther Everson — and were cheered on by Susan Miller, wife of the late Dr. Miller. For last place, the team won $125 for Lincoln Middle School/SOTA II.

Susan Miller takes a stroke for her daughter on the approach to the 18th green, with Granddad's Bluff in the background.

Susan Miller takes a stroke for her daughter on the approach to the 18th green, with Granddad’s Bluff in the background.

Major sponsors were: Festival Foods; Marine Credit Union; Mathy Construction; and Gundersen Health System.

Other key sponsors included: Susan Miller and the family of Dr. Charles Miller III; Bray Architects; Fowler & Hammer; and Tom and Judy Sleik.

Added hole sponsors were: 3PAdministrators; Brickl Bros.; Coulee Bank; DeBoer Pest Control; JFK Associates; La Crosse Area Retired Educators; Thompson Animal Medical Center; TCI Architects; Ann and Brad Fowler; Ken French; Jerry and Nan Kember; Robert McMahon; Jeff Meyer; Randy and Lynn Nelson; Roland and Janeane Solberg; and Dick and Judy Swantz.

Raffle prizes were provided by: Travel Leaders; First Student bus company; Roger LeGrand; and Fred Kusch.

Hole-in-one prize support was provided by Pischke Motors.

Hole prizes were provided by: Forest Hills Golf Course; Tom Sawyer’s Bar & Grill; 4 Sisters Wine Bar & Tapas; Edwardo’s Ristorante di Pizza; and Buffalo Wild Wings.

See a complete photo gallery of all the teams, plus other images from the 2014 Bowtie Classic.