Golf tourney brings stars of the past back to Duluth for Arrowhead Invitational
Of all the sports Norm Kragseth has played, and there have been many, he remains devoted to one -- golf. At age 78 and with a new right knee, he's on the course once or twice a week during the summer at Meadowbrook Golf Club in Minneapolis, six b...
Of all the sports Norm Kragseth has played, and there have been many, he remains devoted to one -- golf. At age 78 and with a new right knee, he's on the course once or twice a week during the summer at Meadowbrook Golf Club in Minneapolis, six blocks from his home in St. Louis Park, Minn.
Kragseth, the most decorated athlete in Duluth Central High School history, is home this week for the 83rd Arrowhead Invitational, a match-play tournament he won 40 years ago at Ridgeview Country Club. The 11-handicap player was in the Cloquet Invitational just three weeks ago.
"Growing up near Chester Park led me to do a lot of skiing, and a friend of mine, Gary McKenzie, and I also went to Enger Park Golf Course a lot and learned about golf from Hank Jensen. It's now my major source of exercise," Kragseth said Wednesday.
His exploits growing up have been well-documented -- 23 varsity letters in seven sports at Central with heavy emphasis on skiing. He won two Minnesota high school individual titles each in ski jumping, Alpine skiing and Nordic skiing, and was on four state championship ski teams. He was on three state championship golf teams in 1946, 1947 and 1948, and was second individually in 1949 as a senior. He also competed in football, basketball, baseball and track
And there's more. Kragseth played football, golf and basketball at Northwestern University, was a high school history and physical education teacher, and coach for 30 years in Minneapolis and Hopkins, Minn., and spent 15 years as an NFL official. He's in the Northwestern University Athletic Hall of Fame, the DECC Athletic Hall of Fame and Hopkins Athletic Hall of Fame. While he's been retired since 1986, he scouts and observes high school and college officials for the NFL office of officiating.
Kragseth, who attended his 60th high school reunion last week, says he took a sports break a year ago after a total replacement of his right knee, but does some Nordic skiing during the winter and otherwise tries keeping up with six grandchildren, three in Hermantown. He and wife, Phyllis, have been married for 52 years.
Kolquist back at Arrowhead
Reed Kolquist of Hermantown leads a field of 136 as the Arrowhead Invitational opens with an 18-hole qualifying round. The low 32 scorers advance to the championship flight with two matches Friday, one Saturday and semifinals and finals Sunday. Among Duluth entrants are Mark Anderson, Wes Salo and Kevin Oswald.
Kolquist, 47, defeated Kevin Enerson of Le Sueur, Minn., 4 and 3 in the 2008 final.
Kragseth won in 1969, his only major victory in the area, he said, and will be in the 50-and-older division this week. He was runner up in the 1964 Pine-to-Palm tournament in Detroit Lakes, Minn.