Sunny skies and temperatures in the 80s helped make the seventh annual Schmidty Open their most successful event to date, taking place at Pine Crest Golf Course on Saturday, Aug. 3. A total of 72 golfers were separated into 18 four-person teams as they each competed for the top spot, along with various hole prizes. This year was also the first time the event added a 16-team beanbag tournament. The Schmidty Open is held in memory of Nickole Schmidt-VanHecker, a Chetek High School graduate in 2000, who lost her battle with cancer in May 2014. More than $7,000 was raised through registration fees, raffle tickets and various other donations. That money will be donated to a scholarship fund in Schmidt-VanHecker’s name for Chetek-Weyerhaeuser seniors going into the medical field. The first-place golf team consisted of John Maciosek, Jeff Henikins, Mike Poppe and Roni Poppe; the second-place team included Chuck Maciosek, Ron Strand, Dave Mani and Dave Boury. The duo of Traci Davis and Jay Siverton took home top honors in the beanbag tourney, while brothers Josh and James Akins finished in second place. All of the winning teams donated their money prizes back to the Schmidty Open, which will be donated into the scholarship fund. “The beanbag tournament went great, and they are hoping to make it a bigger bracket next year. This is our biggest fundraiser to date and everyone is looking forward to next year. We had some wonderful raffle items, like Green Bay Packers tickets, a set of handmade wooden flag beanbag boards, along with Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin Badgers beanbag boards, just to mention a few,” stated Sue Schmidt, mother of the late Schmidt-VanHecker.