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HCC hosts tournament to recognize 50th year

Park Rapids golf course celebrates five decades as 18-hole course

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Denny Anderson rolled a putt toward the cup on the No. 12 hole during the 50th Anniversary Tournament at Headwaters Country Club on Sunday, Aug. 18. Anderson has been a member at HCC since 1972. Vance Carlson / Enterprise

Headwaters Country Club celebrated five decades of being an 18-hole semi-private golf course open to the public by hosting a 50th Anniversary Tournament on Sunday, Aug. 18.

There were 24 teams that competed in a four-person scramble with the team of Ian Johnson, Scott Johnson, Aaron Leinz and Trent Wilcox taking first place with a 13-under par 59. The team of Cody Dravis, Justin Dravis, Bjorn Jorgenson and Luke Kosel finished second at 11-under 61 while the team of Doug Bakken, Jerre Petersen, Bob Schissel and Lowell Williams also carded a 61 to finish in third place.

Three teams tied at 62 with the team of John Ritter, Cory Miner and Ryan Olson taking fourth; the team of Gus Gustafson, Tadd Usher, Tate Usher and Lexi Usher finishing fifth; and the team of Lee Davis, Jeff Massie, Shelly Miller and Todd Sanquist placing sixth.

The course was originally built in 1922, consisting of only nine holes of sand tees and sand greens and was called the Park Rapids Golf and Country Club. Green fees in 1968 prior to the renovation were $2 with a pull cart costing 15 cents. Construction on 11 new holes to add to the original course began in 1967. Building of the current clubhouse also began in 1967 (the old clubhouse was located by the current No. 15 green). Golfing on the new 18-hole, par-72 Headwaters Country Club course started in the spring of 1969. Three additional holes (current holes No. 6, No. 7 and No. 8) were opened for play in 1998.

In addition to commemorating 50 years since becoming an 18-hole course, this tournament served as an equipment fundraiser for HCC.

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“It was a great day,” said Tadd Usher, general manager at HCC. “The weather was perfect, the course was in perfect shape and we raised more than $8,000 for equipment for the course. It was a lot of fun.”

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