BAXTER -- The third annual Grand Elbows No. 1 Scholarship Golf Tournament at Pine Meadows in Baxter attracted 144 golfers from a dozen area communities who played on 36 teams in a benefit for student scholarships at Central Lakes College in Brainerd.
The late Robert "Bob" Danzl was known as "Grand Elbow No. 1" among a group of friends who convened for social functions at Shep's on 6th, a Brainerd lounge. When Danzl died, his friends (including grand elbows 2-10) put together a golf tournament to fund the memorial scholarship in his name.
Danzl spent more than 40 years helping the late John Thelen build a successful heating and roofing business in Brainerd. This year's tournament included five teams of four players each sponsored by Thelen's.
Three straight years have raised a total of at least $30,000 to provide endowments directed by the CLC Foundation, of which Danzl's widow, LaVonne, is a volunteer director. A CLC Foundation endowed scholarship is funded by the interest earned from gifts of at least $10,000.
The 144 entrants in the third annual Danzl golf event at Pine Meadows applauded volunteer organizers of the scholarship fund-raiser before embarking on the 18 holes via 72 electric carts on a day that matched the sunshine of two previous years. "Bob takes care of the weather," said Shawn O'Brien, one of the organizers.
More than $7,000 worth of prizes were awarded during the Sunday classic at which numerous novelties allow participants to enjoy donating additional funds, as well as playing golf. One of the biggest payoffs is a new car, which would go to anyone who is lucky enough to make a hole-in-one on a 179-yard hole.
The car offered this year by Mills GM was a 2002 Buick Century Custom with a sticker price of $22,637. Steve Boyd came within three feet of winning the vehicle.
Last year, when more than 30 teams competed, several golfers had come within five feet of winning the car.
The Danzl family also has a CLC endowed scholarship in the name of a son, the late Mark "Shorty" Danzl, who along with his wife Jane of Little Falls had also been a student at the college before his death.
The Danzl family, including Cheryl, Maureen, Paula, Lisa and Jane who have attended Central Lakes College, "could not be more appreciative for the tribute," said LaVonne Danzl. "It is great to help the students who are studying at the college."
Among the teams participating were the CLC foursome that included new president Joe Birmingham and retired president Sally Ihne, as well as Kelly McCalla, director of academic services, and Jim Pace, of the CLC Automotive Technology Advisory Board.
The 2002 event will be held on the same weekend following Labor Day.
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