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Golfing for a good causeSubmitted: 07/30/2016
RHINELANDER - Golfers joined together at the Northwoods golf course Saturday morning to raise money for recent Rhinelander High School graduates.

The Northwoods Golf Course held its 23rd annual Special Projects scramble to raise money for 4 Rhinelander students who are heading off to college.

"It supports our local youth for raising money for scholarships. It's nice to get the community together and support and event like that," said Northwoods Golf Course employee Dan Buckley.

John Zierden helps organize the event but was also on one of the 5-person teams.

"You see the kids, they always come up to you, they're very appreciative. It's not a ton of money, usually what we do is give $1,000 for each recipient, but we also recognize them for their hard work," said golfer John Zierden.

John's wife Carol golfs with him and also knows the students who received the awards.

"Mrs. Zierden, I've known from the past through school. She's been my Phy. Ed teacher and she's subbed at the high school too, the past couple of years," said scholarship recipient Jon Fox.

Not only does she impact the kids in the classroom, but she also puts a lot of the competition to shame.

"She beats me a lot. I hate to say that but I have to be honest, she's a very good golfer," said Zierden.

All jokes aside, the morning was about the students and their future opportunities.

"We are all very thankful for the generous donation of this scholarship from all the people here. It's from my understanding that it comes from this golf outing. And it'll really help in our education as far as paying for it," said Fox.

The other money raised goes towards maintaining the course. And like all other Northwoods events, it's become a yearly tradition for everyone involved.

"The camaraderie, everybody comes back and sees each other. They look forward to it. We have a lot of people that come from around the state that come here. About half the field is local, the other half come from all over the state," said Buckley.

Fox will attend UW-Eau Claire this fall with an undecided major.





Story By: Katie Leszcynski

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