The eighth annual Schmidty Open will take place at Pine Crest Golf Course in Dallas this Saturday, Aug. 1. The golf outing and beanbag event is held in memory of Nickole Schmidt-VanHecker, a Chetek High School graduate in 2000, who lost her battle with cancer in May 2014.
This year’s golf field of 18 four-person teams has already been filled. There was a $50 entry fee per player and teams will consist of four players per team; the entry fee includes golf registration and cart, a meal, chances at raffle prizes and more. There will also be a variety of fun hole prizes, including the longest tee shot from a Schmidt beer can. Tee-off begins at noon.
The beanbag tournament has also reached maximum capacity with 13 teams—twice as many as last year. The cost to enter the beanbag tournament was $30.
“Spectators that aren’t in on the golf tournament or beanbag games, whether classmates, families or individuals, can also come out for some fun. Maybe you’ll will win something. We have prize raffles that people can buy tickets for, plus a 50/50 raffle,” stated Sue Schmidt, Nickole’s mother. “Our event is outdoors and we are expecting a good turnout. We’re asking everyone to pray for good weather.”
All proceeds from the Schmidty Open will go to the Chetek-Weyerhaeuser Scholarship Fund, in Schmidt-VanHecker’s name; the scholarships are presented by Schmidt-VanHecker’s friends and classmates to seniors going into the medical field. Recipients of this year’s scholarships from the Chetek-Weyerhaeuser Class of 2020—each received $1,000—are Hannah Steinmetz, Maggie Reisner and Anna Siems. So far, the event has raised $22,000 for scholarships to Chetek-Weyerhaeuser seniors.
If businesses, organizations or individuals would like to donate to the event, call Sue Schmidt at 715-495-1205.