Thrasher to make 43rd appearance in Nemadji's Bill Law Invitational
The Nemadji Golf Course will host the Bill Law Invitational Tournament this weekend, the tournament's 77th running. With the exception of a one-year hiatus during the World War II years, the tournament enjoys a long and consecutive history at Sup...
The Nemadji Golf Course will host the Bill Law Invitational Tournament this weekend, the tournament's 77th running. With the exception of a one-year hiatus during the World War II years, the tournament enjoys a long and consecutive history at Superior's Nemadji Golf Course.
Rick Thrasher, of Callawassie, S.C., will be in Superior to play in his 43 annual appearance at this tournament.
Several years ago, Thrasher addressed the Nemadji Men's Club and suggested that the tournament be referred to as the "Bill Law Invitational" in honor of his longtime friend and tournament director, Bill Law, who had been the tournament's director and head of the Nemadji Men's Club for many years. Law was also a dedicated and tireless advocate in the promotion of area golf.
The body of the Nemadji Men's Club agreed to the name change, and Thrasher provided a trophy suitable for posting the names of all past champions of the event since 1934, as well as room for champions of the future. The trophy is proudly displayed in the Nemadji clubhouse and serves as a reminder of the long and rich history of golf in Superior.
Thrasher has roots in the Superior area. As a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Superior, Thrasher continued living and working in the region as a business developer.
"It's an honor to return each year to this tournament and meet with old friends and pay honor to Bill Law," Thrasher said.
Thrasher tees off at 8:45 a.m. on Saturday in the senior division. While never the winner of the championship flight, Thrasher has won the senior division for the past two years.
Other notables in the event include: Larry Cole and Brian Moores, both in the championship flight.
Mark Carlson, PGA golf professional and Nemadji clubhouse manager, welcomes the public to watch the event Saturday and Sunday.
"We cordially invite the public to come to Nemadji and follow their favorite golfer," Carlson said. "We want the public to see the region's best amateur golfers. One of the most enjoyable ways to watch is to see the up-and-coming 'young guns' battle the course and the established golfers."
Steve Flagstad, course superintendent, said Nemadji is in great shape. With the addition of a new greens roller, the greens are fast. Measured at about 10 on the stimp meter, this weekend's falling humidity should boost the green speed to nearly 11.
"A lot of the fairways are like a carpet; the course should offer a good test to the golfers," Flagstad said.
Chuck Smith is the tournament director for the Black Bear Tournament held at Nemadji last week. He complimented the course saying: "The course was in great shape, in fact, it has never been in such good shape."
With moderating weekend temperatures, an event rich in local history and a course in shape rivaling tour conditions, Nemadji will play host to yet another historic golf event.