Drown Classic a success again


Dozens of Southwest Minnesota State alumni took to the links as part of the 29th Annual David & Carol Drown SMSU Golf Classic.

The team of Tom McLaughlin, Chad Michelson, Brent Haukom, Doug Krogen and Tim Deutz won the tournament with a combined score of 53. They beat out 22 other teams to take home a cash prize.

The team of Tony Mensink, Brandon Mensink, Josh Hawkinson, Wade Boerboom, and Carlton Lance came in second place after shooting a 54.

Even though winning was on the minds of many golfers, the competition took a back seat to a bigger cause – supporting the SMSU athletics community. “It brings together members of our family, our supporters, our boosters, the people that are behind us all the way,” said SMSU President Connie Gores after greeting people at the post-tournament dinner. There were 115 total golfers playing in this year’s event.

The tournament is held every year to help raise money for SMSU athletic scholarships. In past years the event brought in around $15,000 for athletics scholarships. Organizers expected the funds raised from Monday’s event to be in that range. “It is one of the largest fundraisers we have within the Mustang Booster Club, ” said SMSU Atheltics Director Chris Hmielewski in the banquet room after the day’s action.

Many golfers showcased their Mustang pride on the links by wearing SMSU-branded polo shirts and jackets. Some even represented the sports they played while at the university. Softball coach Jamie Dunn made sure the softball team was represented. “I kind of wanted to get the group together and show our support,” said Dunn after finishing up her day on the links on the 4th hole. Dunn and three of her former players wore their brown and gold softball jerseys while playing.

David and Carol Drown were quite pleased on how their namesake tournament went that day. They liked that the event continued to support student athletes. “The biggest thing that I like is that we can help a student get to school and get a degree,” said David Drown.

Carol Drown also noted that they recently met with the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Confernce commissioner, and SMSU graduate, Erin Lind.

She added that she loved “seeing our young men and women go out and be successful in the world.”

The event had been rescheduled from June 20th due to excessive rainfall. The weather was in the low seventies with a light breeze most of the afternoon. Many golfers remarked about the ideal weather. “When you have that, everything is better,” said Hmielewski.