Golf benefit to honor, support those with cancerThe annual Brad Siverson Golf Championship will be held Saturday, June 8, at Lester Park Golf Course in Duluth.
The annual Brad Siverson Golf Championship will be held Saturday, June 8, at Lester Park Golf Course in Duluth.
The championship is named in honor of Brad Siverson, who played hockey for Duluth East in the late 1980s, and died in 1992 from cancer.
Besides the golf championship, there is an award given out in Siverson’s name to the Greyhound who was the most inspirational and dedicated during their senior year as a member of the Hounds hockey team.
“Brad was type of player who always put the team first and understood that the true meaning of being on a team was to support each team member and play for the love of the game,” Duluth East activities director Shawn Roed said. A group of Brad’s friends came together to raise money, a scholarship was awarded for 16 years, and now the money generated has been shifted to cancer-oriented charities and donations to the Duluth East Foundation.
“Each year the event gets a bit bigger and better,” Roed said.
“The planning is done by a few of us; Jud Crist (superintendent and manager at Enger Park and Lester Park Golf Course) plays a big role as he oversees the organization at the golf course,” Roed said. “Everyone helps in some way by providing prizes and making financial contributions. We receive donations from teammates in California, Texas, and all over the U.S.”
Although the event is done annually and is something that can be planned on each summer, event organizers do find that getting everyone together can be the greatest challenge. Most of the attendees each year are busy with work and family lives.
“This is usually the one time a year when all of us get together to share old stories and catch up on our families,” Roed said. “The highlight for most of us is when we go to Brad’s grave, have a few sips of his favorite, root beer schnapps, and share memories of Brad. This has been an annual tradition since the summer after Brad died, when a few of us stayed over-night at his gravesite.”
This year’s golf championship will start with a draft, and then played in the same style as the Ryder Cup. The golf championship is open to the public, but most people that compete have ties to Duluth East or Siverson himself. But, Roed said, each year they do find a handful of new golfers who participate.
The mission of the event is to raise money and bring friends together.
And in 2012, the Duluth East Hockey Alumni Association did just that. In honor of Siverson, they donated $500 to the Duluth East Foundation, $500 to Children’s Cancer Research Fund, $500 to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, $500 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and $500 to the Sara Sindelir Benefit, all keeping alive the memory of the man they golf for.
Duluthian Sarah Packingham writes about sports for the Budgeteer. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.