On May 16, a group of 129 golfers gathered at the Watertown Country Club for what turned out to be yet another win for Maranatha’s Chairman of the Board Dr. Doug Jackson.
The annual Maranatha Golf Classic raised over $15,000 for the Watertown Endowment. Board member Jim Heizinga said the Watertown Endowment is important because it “aids in the ministry of the faculty and staff who serve and sacrifice.”
Maranatha President Dr. Marty Marriott commented on how the Golf Classic gives MBU a chance to thank its many supporters, both individuals and area companies. “The Classic is about more than golf,” he said. “It gives us an opportunity to talk with people who have been supportive of the University over the years. That’s an important thing.”
Most of the golfers were there for the fun. Tracy Foster, MBU business faculty member, said he was hoping for “a little fun, a little fellowship, and a little exercise—and not to get too embarrassed.” Some gave up competing within the first few holes and just enjoyed each other’s company and the beautiful golf course.
Another draw for many was the food. Three food stations were placed strategically near various holes on the course. Steven Kibler, Mark Stevens, and Ann Bolton kept the debate going about who served the best food. Kibler served burgers and brats, and his only comment was “I’m just cooking the food. We already know whose is best.”
Stevens’ station boasted pork cutlet sandwiches topped with his own homemade applesauce. Bolton’s station had its claim to fame as well, serving chicken sandwiches that golfer Matt Pitzner said were “out of this world.” As golfers seemed unable to agree on which station served the best food, the rivalry will most likely continue next year.
Not everyone was there strictly for the food and fun. Jackson’s foursome has won the classic more times than anyone could care to count. Several of the teams were bent on changing that, especially once news got out that Jackson’s regular team would not be coming this year.
“He doesn’t have a chance,” said Dr. Matt Davis, before play started. “All his ringers abandoned him, and I heard all he brought were family members.”
Jackson did indeed bring family members. His sons-in-law Daniel Bonner and Aaron Wilson, along with Jackson’s friend and fellow board member Dale Oskey composed the winning foursome this year. They finished with a score of 56.
As usual, golfers were able to bid in silent auctions, which included everything from a signed Green Bay Packers football to gift certificates for Camp Chetek. Each golfer also went home with prize table items like power tools, golf clubs, and gift certificates to area businesses.
Save the date and join us for next year’s Golf Classic on May 15, 2015 at the Watertown Country Club.
Article submitted by Brynn Fitzsimmons