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Butch Brown Memorial Golf Tournament Is Saturday

By Staff | Aug 4, 2011

The Butch Brown Memorial Scholarship Golf Outing is this Saturday, Aug. 6, at Five Island Golf and Community Center, Emmetsburg.

Registration for the nine-hole tournament begins at 9 a.m. The four-person best shot begins at 10 a.m. with a shotgun start. Prizes will be awarded for contests, including longest drive, longest putt and other challenges. A ribeye sandwich luncheon will be served after the tournament and door prizes will be awarded.

“The Emmetsburg Lions are proud to once again be able to host this memorial tournament in honor of Butch Brown,” said Steve Heldt, one of the tournament organizers. “Butch had strong beliefs in education and this tournament helps the Lions Club continue awarding scholarships in his name.”

“Butch was a founding member of the Emmetsburg Lions Club,” added Kirk Haack, another of the tournament organizers. “We thought this was a nice way to remember him and recognize his contributions to the community.”

Emmetsburg Lions began the Butch Brown Memorial Scholarship Golf Outing after Mike “Butch” Brown died in 2003. An alumni of Emmetsburg High School, Butch attended UCLA for his under graduate studies and received his law degree from the University of San Diego before returning to Emmetsburg to practice law.

Brown served as Emmetsburg City Attorney and he served on the Emmetsburg Community School Board. He supported education on all levels. Brown believed that students should be challenged academically and students should have the opportunity to attend a challenging college after graduation from high school.

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

“Butch felt that ACT scores were a good measuring stick,” added Haack. “He thought that high academic achievers should be recognized.”

At Emmetsburg High School, students have been recognized for achieving ACT scores of 30 and above. Recently, the school administration raised the score for recognition to 32.

“This year we want to buy a new board to recognize Emmetsburg High School students who receive ACT scores of 30 and above. It is our way of giving permanent recognition to students for their achievement,” said Heldt.

The Butch Brown Memorial Scholarship Golf Outing is the Lions Club’s way of keeping alive Butch’s devotion to education. To date, eight $1,000 scholarships have been awarded to Emmetsburg High School seniors.

“The Brown family is very supportive and they all participate in the tournament,” said Heldt. “They are always willing to share stories about Butch’s golf games, his knowledge of sports and his support of student achievement with all of us at the luncheon after the tournament.”

All proceeds from the golf tournament go to the Butch Brown Memorial Scholarship Fund.

To pre-register, contact Five Island Golf at 712-852-3422 or contact any member of the Emmetsburg Lions Club.