Special Olympics: Alexandria hosts Area 4 tournamentThe Alexandria Special Olympics golf team hosted an Area 4 golf tournament in July, bringing in more than 70 athletes, coaches and unified partners from the Alexandria and Moorhead areas.
The Alexandria Special Olympics golf team hosted an Area 4 golf tournament in July, bringing in more than 70 athletes, coaches and unified partners from the Alexandria and Moorhead areas.
The meet, held at Nordic Trails Golf Club, included a color guard processional by the VFW, a torch run by local law enforcement and athlete Collen Barten and the National Anthem sung by athlete Brenna Gaugert and coach Jon Gaugert.
Athlete Matt Andrade recited the Special Olympics oath, and Kelly Monacotti, northern Minnesota sports program director, and Area 4 coordinator Stacy Luetner served as announcers.
Athletes and unified partners competed in individual skills, alternate shot 3- and 9-hole, and traditional 3- and 9-hole events, competing in divisions by age and skill level.
In the individual skills competition, Krista Collins, Matthew Froemming, Jonathan Kohls, Dana Marthaler, Sonya Nichols and Justin Wevley brought home first place finishes, while in the unified 3-hole event, Carmen Aspsetter and partner Robert Aspsetter, Lois Lee and partner Anthony Fletcher, and Dana Marthaler and partner Melvin Elgie were first.
In the traditional 3-hole event, Tiffany Schmidt and Paul Spangrud were first, in unified 9-hole action, Allyson Estes and partner Dan Fosse, and Chad Mulder and partner and Mike Powell were first.
In traditional 9-hole play, Matt Andrade, Brad Fuoss, Wayne Krueger and Matt Severance all brought home firsts.
Karyn Sportel was the meet manager, with Nordic Trails Golf Club and the Carlos Lions sponsoring the event.
The Alexandria Area 4 golf team also competed in the State Fall Games in Oakdale over the weekend, but results were not yet tallied.
AREA 4 SPECIAL OLYMPICS GOLF MEET
1ST – Krista Collins, Matthew Froemming, Jonathan Kohls, Dana Marthaler, Sonya Nichols, Justin Wevley.
2ND – Tiffany Schmidt, Emily Roers, Scott Horman, Kyle Debilzen, Carmen Aspsetter.
3RD – Matthew Zunker, Julie Schmidt, Dalin Reiter, Derek Michels, Lois Lee, Dustin Debilzen.
4TH – Danika Schroeder, Kristina Ruud.
5TH – Jennifer Larson, Brenda Gaugert.
6TH – Dane Bellefeuille
1ST – Carmen Aspsetter and partner Robert Aspsetter; Lois Lee and partner Anthony Fletcher; Dana Marthaler and partner Melvin Elgie
2ND – Brenna Gaugert and partner Jon Gaugert; Emily Roers and partner Reba Bruzek; Kristina Ruud and partner Brian Barber
3RD – Krista Collins and partner Pat Dahlheimer; Jennifer Larson and partner Phyllis Schoonhoven
1ST – Tiffany Schmidt, Paul Spangrud
2ND – Jonathan Kohls, Lindsay Ohren
3RD – Matthew Froemming, Dan Siira
4TH – Collen Barten
1ST – Allyson Estes and partner Dan Fosse, Chad Mulder and partner Mike Powell
2ND – Matt Westrich and partner Larry Bruzek, Jay LaMere and partner Jason Sinning, Ray Pipo and partner Steve Sportel
3RD – Alex Hanson and partner Wayne Hanson, Justin Hanson-Simmons and partner Ryan Spencer, Dan Niedenfuer and partner Chad Roquette
1ST – Matt Andrade, Brad Fuoss, Wayne Krueger, Matt Severance
2ND – Tobby Klimek, Ralph Koopmeiners, Jacob Paulzine
3RD – David Baumann, Ricky Mithun
PARTICIPATION RIBBON – Earl Hauglid