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Local golfers qualify for MGA Amateur championship

Two Alexandria golfers qualified for the 111th Minnesota Golf Association Amateur Championship after finishing in the top six at a qualifying event at the Minnewaska Golf Club on June 25.

Austin McCulloch and Jerry Rose both finished tied for third at the event to punch their ticket to the championship. Both golfers finished at two-over par 74 and shot 37s on both nines at Minnewaska.

Tyler Whiting of Alexandria is also a first alternate after losing out on qualifying through a tiebreaker. He also shot a 74 (38, 36). Alexandria’s Bennett Black played in the tournament as well and shot 41, 38 for a 79.

The 2014 MGA Amateur Championship is scheduled to run from July 21-23 at the Golden Valley Golf and Country Club.

Train with the pros soccer camp

The Alexandria Area Soccer Association (AASA) will host the Tom Roos “Train with the Pros” soccer camp for boys and girls going into first through 12th grade.

The camp will run July 21-25 and feature guest coaches with professional experience, as well as college and high school coaches. This year’s camp will be held at the new Alexandria Area High School soccer fields.

The registration deadline is July 11. For more information or to register, visit

Minnewaska triathlon

The 12th annual Lake Minnewaska Triathlon is scheduled for August 2 at 7:30 a.m.

The triathlon will feature a 400-yard swim, 11.1-mile bike ride and a 2.5-mile run. Register online at and visit for more information.

One-mile fun run

he Alexandria Senior Center is holding a one-mile fun run as a fundraiser on July 2 at 9:30 a.m. or 5:30 p.m.

Walkers, bikers, runners and those in wheelchairs are all invited to join the event. Participants will meet at Big Ole. Cost is $20 with a T-shirt included.

Register by calling (320) 762-2087.

Fundraiser golf scramble

The “Carpenter’s Crew” of First Lutheran Church in Alexandria is hosting a nine-hole golf scramble on August 3 to benefit the Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build home this summer.

Teams will consist of four people, men or women, with a shotgun start at 2 p.m. at Hardwood Hills Golf Course. Cost is $50 per person and includes nine holes of golf, a shared cart, burgers, door prizes and a $30 donation supporting the Women Build home project. There is room for 10 teams in the scramble.

Register by July 21 by calling the Hardwood Hills Golf Course at (320) 886-1400 or Beth Pappenfus at (320) 762-8681.

Shalom Runs

The Shalom Lutheran Church runs are scheduled for Saturday, July 5, with a 5K, 10K, one-mile walk and 1K kids run taking place that day.

Registration for the races starts at 7 a.m. with the 5K and 10K beginning at 8. The one-mile walk will start at 8:05 and the kids’ run will take place at 9:10, with all of them taking off from the Shalom Lutheran Church at 681 Voyager Drive.

Cost is $20 for adults and $10 for kids ages 12 and younger. All proceeds go toward Shalom’s Good Samaritan/Benevolent Fund.

Registration is available at by searching “shalom run” or print off a registration form at to ensure T-shirt availability.

Volunteers needed for Special Olympics bocce tournament

The area Special Olympics bocce team will host a tournament at Voyager School on July 15 from 8:30 a.m. to approximately 3 p.m.

Volunteers are needed for the tournament with many shifts available to help on the court. Training and lunch are provided.

Contact Betty Johnson at (320) 763-7866 for information and to volunteer at the event.

Sunday night adult summer league tennis

The Alexandria Area Tennis Association will be holding a free adult summer tennis league on Sunday nights at the Discovery Middle School courts. A drill session will start at 6 p.m. for those who are interested, and league play will begin at 7 p.m.

Players are free to only come for drills, league play or both. The first league night was Sunday, June 15.