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2018 Kolpin Open continues success

September 1, 2018
By Steve Bearden , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

One hundred and fourteen golfers participated in the 11th Annual Ken Kolpin Open Four-Person Best Shot Golf Tournament on Saturday, August 18th at the Tama-Toledo Country Club. Presented by South Tama Activity Boosters, Inc, this year's event raised nearly $10,000 for student activities in the South Tama County School District. Over 90 local businesses and individuals made donations to the event.

Ken Kolpin was the long-time Activities Director at South Tama. The Board of Control of the Iowa High School Athletic Association recognized him in 1996 for his service to Iowa High School Athletics. Kolpin was also inducted into the Iowa High School Athletic Directors Association Hall of Fame in 1997. He passed away in 2007.

Winning the morning session was the team of Danny Mayo, Noah Schmelzer, Cort Ahrens, and Nate Doran. Winning the afternoon session was the team of Becky Zuetenhorst, Lester Zmolek, Tim Downs, and Pat Downs.

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STC boys track coach and assistant varsity football coach, Danny Mayo, tries for a hole in one at the Kolpin Open.
News Herald Photo/Allison Graham

As part of the day's celebration, several skills contests were held. Jim Sanderson won a queen sized mattress set from Restonic for being closest to the pin on hole #1 after placing his ball seven feet and one inch from the hole. Matt Kolpin and Danny Mayo won the putting challenge. A longest putt contest was on hole #7. Brent Froelich and Jim Gray were the winners of this contest. There was no winner on hole #4 for the Hole in One Contest.

A silent auction was held in conjunction with the golf tournament. Nearly $2,000 was raised at this event. Thank you to everyone who donated items to the auction.

South Tama Activity Boosters, Inc is made up of businesses, parents, grandparents, coaches, teachers, and community members from the South Tama County School District Area. The purpose of the organization is to provide support to the students of the South Tama County School District involved in activities through, but not limited to, the donation of time, ideas, and money.

In eleven years, the Kolpin Open has raised over $125,000 for student activities in South Tama. South Tama Activity Boosters, Inc supports academic, athletic, and fine arts activities. The 12th Annual Kolpin Open will be held on August 17 in 2019.



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