Golf scrambles honor HoffThe Ryan Hoff Memorial Golf Tournament is Saturday at Hidden Greens in Solon Springs. The 11th annual event is already full, so those who hesitated this year will need to be quicker to register next year.
The following is another “Have Fun or Get Out of the Way” column by award-winning Don Leighton and Mike Granlund and their alter egos, Lance Boyle and Billy Pirkola, which runs occasionally in The Superior Telegram.
Time marches on but memories last forever. It seems like yesterday when Ryan Hoff and Jim Weinandt graced us with their presence, but both left us way too early, Hoff in 2002 and Weinandt in 2001.
Both were outstanding young teachers, Hoff at Superior High School and Weinandt at Northwestern; both were influential in the lives of their students and all they met; and both were outstanding football coaches. With football practice beginning this past Monday, what better way to honor these men and to celebrate what they left behind than by participating in fund raising golf events held in their memories.
The Ryan Hoff Memorial Golf Tournament is Saturday at Hidden Greens in Solon Springs. The 11th annual event is already full, so those who hesitated this year will need to be quicker to register next year.
However, there are still ways to help with the event. Get in touch with Julie Rozowski, who has served as the treasurer of this great event since the beginning. You can reach her at 715-394-8719. Providing hole sponsorships, silent auction items, prize donations and monetary donations are all ways in which you can help.
During the first 10 years of this tournament, $30,000 in scholarships has been awarded to SHS students, about $20,000 has been contributed to the school forest, $30,000 has been used to help underprivileged families at Christmas, $15,000 has provided murals on walls at SHS, $10,000 has been given to provide a garden at SHS, and $15,000 has been used to assist students in other ways by helping fund participation in Nationals and educational field trips and athletic support.
Sabrina Schnell is the recipient of this year’s scholarship and will attend the College of St. Scholastica this fall.
Over the years, almost $121,000 has been raised through the annual event.
“This committee and the Hoff family are so driven to support the youth and families of this area,” Rozowski said. “A lot of planning and hard work goes into this event. The money raised helps so many people. This is our 11th year and we are still doing everything we can to keep this event strong. The staff at Hidden Greens Golf Course has been fabulous to work with.”
Course owner Bob Baldwin and manager Krista Marineau will be hosts for the event along with their incredible support staff.
And, there may be a mystery guest to auction off some incredibly decadent deserts you must have.
Ryan’s parents, LuAnn and Larry Hoff, do not have a day when they do not think of their son. Through tragedy, we have many ways we can cope. The Hoff family that includes Dean, Eric and Heidi, has chosen to celebrate the fact they had Ryan for a while and to honor his memory. He will always be with them.
“Ryan was a great son, football player, teacher and friend of all he met,” said Larry Hoff. “What better way to honor his life than to give back to the community to those who may need help. That was the type of person Ryan was. Giving to and helping others defined what he stood for, and we are all dedicated to continue his legacy. We are indebted to all who have helped make this event a success and our family thanks you from the bottom of our hearts.”
Well said, Coach Hoff. Well said.
Botten’s Green Acres in Lake Nebagamon (Shangri La) will be hosting the 9th annual Jim Weinandt “Don’t Ever Give Up!” Scholarship Golf Scramble on Aug. 17.
Money raised through this event is awarded to graduating seniors at Northwestern High School who will pursue their dreams in college.
Three scholarships were awarded this year, to Taylor Copp, Gwen LaPole and Tanner Follis. Around $10,000 has been awarded during the nine years of the fundraiser.
What an event this promises to be. Honoring Jim with this event, hosted by Brad and “The Great One” Jody Botten (she makes the best American fries), is most appropriate. It’s a gathering of friends, a reunion event for members of his family, a round of golf, great food, a gazillion prizes, laughter, and helping kids reach for their dream.
These are just a few things that Jim enjoyed and stood for when he was with us. Helping others was as important to him as “never giving up.”
Jim passed away in 2001 from cancer. He was an incredibly gifted English teacher at Northwestern for many years. In addition to teaching, Jim was a football coach who was a positive influence on all with whom he came in contact. His philosophy on life still serves as inspiration to all.
Jim graduated from Northwestern in 1965 and gave back so much to his school. I know Jim is proud of how his brother, Bill, continues this event in his name. I also know that Jim is humbled and a little embarrassed by the attention, but if it helps kids, he defers.
You must call Botten’s immediately for a tee time. The field is filling fast. Call 715-374-2567 for more information. You can call Don Leighton at 715-817-5196 to make a prize donation or sponsor a hole with your business or family name. Remember, you will be helping kids go to college.
The $30 entry fee gets you nine holes of golf, a T-shirt designed by Tina Prior of Shirts Unlimited, great food, golf, a chance to see old and new friends, an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others, and to tell stories about one of the greatest human beings I ever knew, Jim Weinandt. Oh, by the way, carts are available for those who need them.
“It gives the Weinandt family great pleasure to support and be a part of this event for my brother,” Bill Weinandt said. “We offer our sincere thanks to the sponsors, golfers and Botten’s Green Acres who combine to make this event a success and in turn assure the Jim Weinandt Scholarship will be awarded for years to come.
“Jim wasn’t much for fanfare, but I’m sure the quality of the young men and women who have received the scholarship in his name would make him very proud.”
The Hoff and Weinandt families are incredible in their quest and dedication to help others and give back to their communities.
I wonder if Jim and Ryan ever coached against each other. I know both are smiling now and both will be with us as honorary captains of their events.
Opinions and/or story ideas can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com