The winner of the Veterans Memorial Hospital Health Care Foundation’s 25th Annual Benefit Golf Tournament held on June 18 was team “School Boys” with a score of 60.   Pictured, left to right, is team members Bob Wasson, Brian Hilsabeck and Bill Wasson.  The Foundation Golf Tournament is an annual event, held each year in June at the Waukon Golf and Country Club.


The 25th annual Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation Golf Tournament was held on Monday, June 18 at the Waukon Golf and Country Club.  Thirty-one teams of three participated in this tournament. Each team enjoyed 18 holes of golf plus lunch and dinner prepared by Rich Schulte, Marge and Bud Strike, and the Foundation Directors.

 The Foundation gives credit for the success of this tournament to the many local businesses that provide great prizes so everyone participating wins. Plus many businesses serving this area contribute as hole sponsors to the tournament making it an enjoyable, community-wide event.

Foundation President Kevin Hanson, recognized Dave Martin, Marge Strike and Dennis Lyons, who were all in attendance, for beginning this annual fundraising event for the Foundation 25 years ago, stating it has been a great success ever since.

The hole sponsors for this 25th annual event included: Access Systems, Avadyne Health, CPSI, Coverys/MHA Insurance (2 holes), Dalco, EideBailey, Fairway Outdoor Advertising, Farmers and Merchants Savings Bank, Freedom Bank, Gundersen Waukon Cinic, Hartig Drug, Henkel Construction/Accord Architecture, Kerndt Brothers Savings Bank, LC Signs, LaMair-Mulock-Condon Company, Mayo Waukon Clinic, New Albin Savings Bank, RW Pladsen, Inc., Systems Equipment, Torkelson Motors of Waukon, Waukon Dental, and Waukon State Bank.

This year, the numerous prizes were donated by the following individuals and businesses:  AgVantage FS, Alliant Energy, Bemiss Distributing, Bodensteiner Implement, Bud and Marge Strike, Carquest, Coverys/MHA Insurance, Cunningham Hardware, Double D Liquors, Dr. Larry Barthel, Edward Jones, Epic Wear, Farm Bureau Insurance, Farmers & Merchants Savings Bank, Fiddler’s On the Green (Whalen’s), Fiesta Vallarta, Freedom Bank, German Farmers Mutual Insurance, Gordy’s Auto Body, Green Valley Getaway, Grinnell Mutual Insurance, Gundersen Health Waukon Clinic, Hacker Nelson & Co., Hausladen’s Auto Supply, Horsfall’s Lansing Variety, Houg Chiropractic, Jim’s Appliance, Kerndt Brothers Savings Bank, KNEI, Krambeer Barber Shop, KolGol, Kristi’s Stylesetter Salon, Ardie Kuhse, Larre’s Service and Repair, Leiran Auto Repair, MaCal Grove Country Club, Main Channel, McMillan Muffler, Milty’s, Norplex Micarta, Old Rossville Store, Oneota Golf & Country Club, Pepsi Cola Bottling, Peterson’s Auto Repair, Red Geranium Floral and Gifts, Regi & Denise Tysland, S&D Café, Safehouse Saloon, S.E.W.-Linda Berger Mahr, Silvercrest Golf & Country Club, Stoney Creek Inn, Steve Duffy, Sycamore Floral, System’s Equipment, TriCity Golf & Country Club, UPS, Upper Iowa Insurance, Village Farm & Home-Lansing, Village Farm & Home-Waukon, Waukon City Club, Waukon Golf & Country Club, Waukon Greenhouse, Waukon Harley Davidson, Waukon State Bank, West Side Waukon Lumber, WW Homestead Dairy, Waukon Banquet Center and Xpressions.

Special hole in one contests were sponsored by Farm Bureau Agents Wade Bucknell and Andy Moore, and also by Waukon Implement.  Volunteers Kenny O’Hara and Rich Cota were witnesses for these contests.

Other special hole contests and winners included the following:  Closest to Pin (Hole #9) was Dan Headington; Longest Putt (Hole #3) was Brian Rodman; Closest to the Pin in 2 (Hole #4) was Mike Myers; and Longest Putt (Hole #7) was Pete Grangaard.

Many other businesses and individuals pitched in to help with the food expenses and preparation, including Quillin’s Food Ranch, Casey’s, Fareway, Bud and Marge Strike, Rich Schulte, and the entire Foundation Board. 

The thirty-one teams participating in the tournament consisted of three people each who played a best shot tournament.  The winner of the Veterans Memorial Hospital Health Care Foundation’s 25th Annual Golf Tournament with a score of 60 was team “School Boys” consisting of Brian Hilsabeck, Bob Wasson and Bill Wasson.   

The Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation, including Sue Blagsvedt, Dan Denk, Amy Cote’, Jane Dietrich, Jackie Halverson, Kevin Hanson, Ardie Kuhse, Craig Lensing, Gail Prestemon, Jeanette Ruegnitz, Nona Sawyer, Nancy Schoh, Breanna Sommer, Matt Teslow and Kay Zimmerman, sponsor this annual golf tournament at the Waukon Golf and Country Club in June of each year.

Veterans Memorial Hospital


40 First St SE

Waukon, IA  52172

Veterans Memorial Hospital is a critical access hospital located in Waukon, a rural community in the very northeast corner of Iowa.