IWU Golf League Celebrating Its 10th Year!

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The IWU Golf League plays weekly at Arbor Trace Golf Club, located just ten minutes north of IWU’s Marion campus. Laughter can be heard for miles! The course is owned by IWU alum Jack Hart and serves as home course for many IWU friends. The league is turning ten this summer. To celebrate, Arbor Trace is inviting all IWU-affiliated men and women to be part of the IWU Golf League and is switching to Tuesday nights to allow for Wednesday night church commitments. IWU faculty, staff, retirees, alumni, and their invited friends and spouses can join the IWU Golf League at Arbor Trace! (Joining means simply showing up.)

Regardless of talent level, you’ll fit in. Jerry Pattengale (’79) founded the league and still is only a mediocre golfer! Collectively, Mike Roorbach and Dick Sprowl have 45 years on Jerry, and they can still beat him. (By the way, you haven’t lived until you’ve seen Mike putt.) Jerry’s league co-director is John Blake, who has also surpassed him in skill and personality.

We’d love for you to join us once a week through the summer, or as your schedule permits. You will be in for some of the most memorable scrambles you can imagine! We create new foursomes each week and give you a chance to win one of our ten nightly prizes as a team or as an individual. Earn points for each night you play, plus points for longest putt, longest drive, and more. Compete all season to win the trophy, or just come have fun!

Members over 60 get to use forward tees (with photo ID, for folks like Bob Tippey who still hit it 300). While using forward tees two weeks ago, John Blake hit the icy pond with a shot that put him into Arbor Trace’s comedic history. His decision ranks with Jim Brunner convincing his foursome to try to hit through a 30-foot spruce tree, Dr. Keith Newman’s drumming the forest with ProV1s, Terry Munday’s two-fairway hook, and Daryn Bronsink’s wardrobe. Don’t miss out on the chance to watch the entertainment yourself!

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Rates are $9 for nine holes, with special passes available if you buy ten rounds. For membership information, please visit Arbor Trace’s website.

The IWU Golf League will begin playing at the end of April and continue through the end of August. Due to scheduling needs, our first two weeks will be on Wednesday at 5:30. The rest of the summer, we’ll meet on Tuesday nights at 5:30, to help out those who have Wednesday night church commitments. Our schedule:

Opening Nights: Wednesdays, April 29 and May 6 at 5:30PM

The rest of the summer: Tuesdays at 5:30 PM, starting on May 12

Last Night: Tuesday, August 25, 5:30 PM

And keep in mind, these scrambles are to help folks get to know each other, and to mix the great golfers like almost-pro Austin Conroy (IWU golf coach), Keith Ruberg (former club pro), IWU golf veteran Adlai Deisler, and former college coach Lorne Oke with, well, you know—most everyone else. It’s a hoot. And, we start with prayer, which may be why only one person has been hit in ten years. (She finished her round!)

Please put your name on the list at Arbor Trace for email updates and Jerry’s follow-up narratives, if that’s what you call them. Reach us at the Arbor Trace website, or call 765-662-8236 and ask for Jack Hart or Doug Piper, club pro. Don’t forget – if Scott Turcott won the league a few years ago, anyone can win.

We look forward to golfing together this summer! Thank you for choosing Arbor Trace and helping us celebrate ten years of fun and games in the Marion community!

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