Locals take their swings for a good cause at Pride in the Tiger Classic

MARSHALL – After record turnout in 2012, the 17th annual Pride in the Tiger Foundation Golf Classic saw a somewhat smaller field on Monday at Marshall Golf Club. Down 16 golfers, or four foursomes, the event, which has its proceeds go directly to the Pride in the Tiger Foundation in its effort to support the children of Marshall, still raised over $10,000.

“(We had) very good turnout,” said Pride in the Tiger Foundation executive director Bill Swope. “We had the most we had ever had last year, with 120. One hundred and four this time, that’s pretty good.”

While Marshall school children are true victors of the event, the golf title was claimed by the foursome of Brian Pfeiffer, Bill Archbold, Matt Terfehr and David Hook. The group shot a 15-under-par 57 in the four-person scramble. In second place, and one stroke off the pace of the winners, was the team of Kevin Kurth, Atul Mishra, Jim Hey and Jason Kruger, who won the longest drive flag prize for the men.

Two teams tied for third place on the day, carding 13-under 59s. Chad and Sandy Wyffels and Jim and Kim Christianson composed one team, while Steve Elzenga, Brand Wendland, Jason Schutz and Brad Warren were the second foursome to shoot 59 on Monday.

Other flag prizes were also awarded. Kirsten Haukom took home two of them, winning both the women’s longest putt and closest to the pin titles. Brydie Demuth had the longest drive of the women, while Deb Herrmann won the second closest to the pin award for the ladies.

Jason Mathei and Jarred Lee each went closest to the pin on holes No. 4 and No. 10 respectively. Erik Myrhe had the longest putt for the men.

Despite the slight decrease in attendance, Swope said that the event was undoubtedly a success. He credited the commitment of the community to supporting its teachers, students and children with helping the event maintain its effectiveness as the primary fundraiser for the Pride in the Tiger Foundation.

“We have great support, a lot of in-kind contributions. We have sponsors like US Bank, who has two teams here,” Swope said. “We have a few platinum sponsors, which are $1,000 sponsors to put a team out there. … Our local people have just been supportive. I think it’s just kind of like motherhood and apple pie, people know it’s going to kids. I think that’s the benefit. People bought the raffle tickets and the mulligans, not that they necessarily needed it, but it’s for kids.”