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COOPER GOLF DAY – Golfers get ready for the Bud Cooper Memorial Golf Classic, held June 14 at Wild Bluff resort in Bay Mills, Mich. Funds were raised for Lake Superior State University's men's basketball program. Friends and alumni of LSSU came from as far away as Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Washington state to participate in the third-annual fundraiser. (LSSU/John Shibley)
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SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – Thousands of dollars were raised for Lake Superior State University's men's basketball program during the Bud Cooper Memorial Golf Classic held June 14 at Wild Bluff in Bay Mills, Mich. Friends and alumni of LSSU came from as far away as Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Washington state to participate in the third-annual fundraiser.
The “Cooper Classic” is named in honor of Ronald “Bud” Cooper, the late Laker student-athlete, coach, and athletic director. Cooper devoted hours of his time since retirement in 1986 to raising hundreds of thousands of dollars to support athletics, scholarships, and renovation initiatives at Lake State.
This year's Classic was a three-person scramble that included a Million Dollar Shot contest and other special events. Current members of the Laker men’s basketball team greeted all golfers and assisted on the course with their putting skills.
Scramble results are, for First Flight: Brian Robinette, Casey VanDamme, and Mike Peterson in first place; Pee Wee Synett, Alex Sawruk, and Freddy Benoit in second place; and Gary Sharp, Jamie Davison, and Alan Bouschor in third place. Second Flight results were Kyle Jean, Kory Kaunisto, and Brian Jean in first place; Rob Mackie, Joe Claxton, and Dave Thomas in second; and Dave Copeland, Randy McArthur, John Barton in third. Susan Fitzpatrick, Leah Voss, and Joan Killips took top honors in the Women's Flight.
This year’s sponsors included Ron and Corey Sober, Gallagher Benefit Services, Riverside Medical Associates, Cooper Dental, Billy Cooper Family, Gundlach Champion, War Memorial Hospital, Pingatore Cleaners, Old Mission Bank, Precision Edge Surgical Products, Rick Cooper, Rodenroth Motors, and O'Connor's.
Next year’s event returns to Wild Bluff with a barbeque, the Million Dollar Shot, and putting contest on Saturday, Aug. 2, with a four-person scramble format starting at 8:30 a.m. on Aug. 3, 2014. For more information, contact head men’s basketball coach Steve Hettinga at 906-635-2174 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CONTACTS: John Shibley, e-mail, 906-635-2314; Tom Pink, e-mail, 635-2315; Tom Coates, LSSU Foundation Office, e-mail, 635-6670.