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Sixth Annual Butch Brown Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament This Saturday

By Staff | Jul 30, 2009

For many years, one of the strongest supporters of education in the Emmetsburg community was Mike, or Butch Brown. Until his untimely death in 2003, Butch Brown held education very close to his heart and it is in that spirit of remembrance and tribute that the Emmetsburg Lions Club will once again sponsor the annual Butch Brown Memorial Scholarship Golf Outing. The Sixth Annual Butch Brown Memorial will be played this Saturday, August 1, at the Five Island Golf Course in Emmetsburg.

“The Emmetsburg Lions are very proud to once again be able to host this memorial tournament in honor of Butch Brown, so that we can continue to uphold his strong beliefs in education,” noted Steve Heldt, one of the tournament organizers. “This tournament helped the Lions Club award six $1,000 scholarships since we began the tourney back in 2003.”

The tournament was a natural way to honor the long-time Emmetsburg attorney, who died August 27, 2003, at his home in Emmetsburg. A 1967 graduate of Emmetsburg High School, Mike, or Butch, as he was more commonly known, always held education very close to his heart. Brown attended UCLA for his undergraduate studies, and received his law degree from the University of San Diego before returning to Emmetsburg to practice law.

During his years in Emmetsburg, Brown served as a member of the Emmetsburg Community School Board, where he was a great supporter of education at all levels. While he was a proud booster of E’Hawk athletics as well as the UCLA Bruins, Brown always championed academics, believing that students should be challenged academically, and also have the opportunity to attend a challenging college after graduation from high school.

“With Butch, the performance of students was always most important to him,” Heldt recalled. “He loved his sports and all the activities at the school, but the academics were his real passion. ACT (American College Testing) scores were very important to him.”

While Brown enjoyed his sports, golf was his favorite. Anyone who played a round on the links was familiar with his trademark claim “They stole my ball” after an off-shot, was always guaranteed to elicit a laugh from any player during a round with Butch.

To keep Brown’s devotion to education alive, along with his memory, is the reason for the Butch Brown Memorial Scholarship Golf Outing.

The outing’s format will be nine-hole, four person best-shot, with a 10 a.m. shotgun start on Saturday. Registration for the event will begin at 9 a.m. at the Five Island Golf Course clubhouse. Registration for event also includes a ribeye steak sandwich luncheon following the golf. Numerous prizes will be awarded for various contests including longest drives and putts, and all participants in the event will receive a commemorative gift.

All proceeds from the event go to the Butch Brown Memorial Scholarship Fund at Emmetsburg High School. The scholarship is awarded annually to an Emmetsburg High School senior to aid them in the pursuit of their college education.

“Butch was one of those people who was involved in everything,” Heldt noted. “Vocal and Band Boosters, Athletic Boosters, Little League, everything. Butch truly loved his community and it’s through this memorial golf outing that we hope to be able to continue to honor his love and support for the community and its future through supporting the education of our young people.”

To pre-register for the Butch Brown Memorial Scholarship Golf Outing, or for more information, contact the Five Island Golf Course at (712) 852-3422, or any member of the Emmetsburg Lions Club.