2018-06-07 / Sports

37 and still going strong


Still going strong, the foursome of (from left) Wayne Fleck, Matt Selling, Bill Turek, and Kyle Reque won the 37th annual John Nelson Memorial Golf tournament held at the Nahma Golf Course Friday. 
Courtesy photos Still going strong, the foursome of (from left) Wayne Fleck, Matt Selling, Bill Turek, and Kyle Reque won the 37th annual John Nelson Memorial Golf tournament held at the Nahma Golf Course Friday. Courtesy photos NAHMA – After breaking a 36-year tournament drought, Bill Turek has made it two-in-a-row. Turek, along with teammates Kyle Reque, Wayne Fleck, and Matt Selling, captured the 37th annual John Nelson Memorial Golf tournament. The team turned in a low card 68 in the four-person, 18-hole scramble event held at the Nahma Golf Course Friday.

Playing bogey-free golf, the champions were tied with runners-up: Donny St. John, Rick Demers, John Gauthier, and Terry Demers after the first nine.

A string of bogeys by team St. John gave the champions the edge they needed to squeak out the win.

What started out as a chance for paper mill coworkers to spend some time together outside the workforce, the “by invitation only” event continues to draw a full slate of players, including those new to this year’s tournament – Al Nelson and Larry Nelson. Al and Larry are John Nelson’s siblings. The tournament was renamed after John, an original tournament organizer, who lost his fight with cancer Jan. 7, 2015.


In third off a count back is the team of, from left, Ray Jacobson, Al Nelson, Robert Smith, and Brett Tallman. In third off a count back is the team of, from left, Ray Jacobson, Al Nelson, Robert Smith, and Brett Tallman. “It is sort of amazing that we are able to keep this going for so many years,” Dan Selling said. “This year we had a couple of openings, it was very nice to have Al and Larry join us. As usual, the entire staff at the course did another fantastic job.”



Dealing with a bogey or two on the back nine, the team of, from left, John Gautheir, Rick Demers, Donny St. John, and Terry Demers earned runner-up honors with a 69. Dealing with a bogey or two on the back nine, the team of, from left, John Gautheir, Rick Demers, Donny St. John, and Terry Demers earned runner-up honors with a 69.

The team of, from left, Nick Beaudre, Steve LeDuc, Jon Johnson, and Steve Kaiser finished with a 70. The team of, from left, Nick Beaudre, Steve LeDuc, Jon Johnson, and Steve Kaiser finished with a 70.

Also carding a 70 were, from left, Tim Zellner, Mark Rohde, Chris MacGregor, and Henry Weber. Also carding a 70 were, from left, Tim Zellner, Mark Rohde, Chris MacGregor, and Henry Weber.

With a 70 were, from left, Tiger Braun, Dewey LaLonde, Dave Beaudre, and Mike Sheppard. With a 70 were, from left, Tiger Braun, Dewey LaLonde, Dave Beaudre, and Mike Sheppard.

Carding a 71 were, from left, Bill Pistulka, Jim Tiglas, Harry Toenenson, and John Matchinski. Carding a 71 were, from left, Bill Pistulka, Jim Tiglas, Harry Toenenson, and John Matchinski.

Also carding a 71 were, from left, Dan Selling, Tom Klagstad, Larry Nelson, and Dick Ekstrom. Also carding a 71 were, from left, Dan Selling, Tom Klagstad, Larry Nelson, and Dick Ekstrom.

Coming up in last, with a 74, was the team of, from left, Mikey MacGregor, Jake Lakosky, Mike MacGregor, and Steve Ekstrom. Coming up in last, with a 74, was the team of, from left, Mikey MacGregor, Jake Lakosky, Mike MacGregor, and Steve Ekstrom.

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