The final results are in from last months’s big Green Bay Running Club Summer Solstice Challenge, held on the longest day of the year a couple of Saturdays ago. Participants ran the 4.75-mile course for a set period of time — in this case, 6 hours or 8 hours — or for as long as they wanted, to see how much distance they could cover.
The 2015 winners were Ryan Norton with an amazing 81.67 miles over 14 hours and 38 minutes (and 17 loops over the trail course!), and Cassie Kottke with 73.85 miles over 15 and a quarter hours. The top 8-hour runners were Brady Sturm (53.15 miles) and Paula Walker (40.6), and the best 6-hour finishers were Curt Brey (38.9) and Lori Folk (31.1). Among the UW-Green Bay employees taking part was Bob Blihar of CIT, who did a very impressive 34 miles (seven laps) during the eight-hour event. (Our informant says it happened to be Bob’s 28th wedding anniversary on race day, and since his wife was an event volunteer she got to see him at least seven times during the day.)
Phoenix cross-country coach Mike Kline and vice chancellor Kelly Franz were among the University running enthusiasts who chipped in — not by competing, but by helping to organize the event and assisting with course layout, logistics, food and water stations and more. Lee Reinke and the Shorewood crew also helped with arrangements. About 75 runners took part in the various categories.
From Rick Warpinski: “Please join the Shorewood and UW-Green Bay community who helped Shorewood’s “Bright Idea” make the NGCOA (National Golf Course Owners Association) Final Four by voting (follow this link: http://www.ngcoa.org/brackets/) where you will see Shorewood’s League Membership idea going up against other great ideas from golf courses across the country. The Revenue Generation idea shared by Shorewood is defined here for your reference:
League Memberships – This program offers golfers playing in leagues either privately managed or course coordinated to buy a seasonal membership that covers the time period of the league. For our course this period is the last week in April through the last week in August. The rate is about 25% less that the full membership. Participants must be playing in our of our many leagues to be eligible for this offer. The program encourages league-only players to become members and play the course more frequently than just the scheduled league dates. Once they experience the benefits of membership (20% off food, beverage, & merchandise plus invites for special events just for members) they often convert to the full season the next year. This program is received very well by our customers and we’ve grown memberships by 15-20% as a result of this offering.
To learn more about your Shorewood Golf Course right here on the UWGB campus visit the website, www.uwgb.edu/shorewood.
Many in the University Community look to Shorewood Golf Course opening day as the truest sign that spring has arrived… so it’s good news, then, that Shorewood officially opened at 11 a.m. Wednesday (April 1, no fooling). While the course is open this week, there’s still only a limited menu in the clubhouse. Spring golf rates are in effect: $13 per nine and, when the course dries out enough to allow it, $20 for a round with a cart. Students can play nine for $10, walking. The Clubhouse Restaurant will begin serving a full menu Monday (April 6) with plans to be open daily for lunch and until close and on weekends — weather permitting — through April. You can sign up for Twitter messages at @golfshorewood.
It was great while it lasted. Shorewood Golf Course will be closing for the season at 4 p.m. this Friday (Nov. 7). From the staff: “We would like to thank all of you for a wonderful 2014 season of golf and dining and look forward to seeing you all again in the spring… To be added to our monthly email list to keep you updated on Black Friday and Cyber Monday specials, 2015 opening date, winter trivia and giveaways, and more, please send your email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will add you to our database.”
Just to remind you that the clubhouse is still open for fall business and serving delicious food, we pass along this seasonal offer from our friends at the Shorewood Golf Course Clubhouse: From now until Nov. 1, order a combo meal there and have your pick of a treat from the following: Snickers, Kit Kat, M&M’s, Milky Way, Hershey’s, Reese’s, or Skittles. Thank you for your business!
A nice mix of faculty, staff, retirees and friends of the University took part in the Third Annual Convocation Open, held Thursday (Aug. 28) at the campus Shorewood Golf Course. Play commenced with Chancellor Gary Miller hitting the ceremonial first ball. Chancellor Miller was also on hand to provide his putting acumen to groups on the first green. Winning the competition at two under par was the team of Sue Bodilly, Joe Schoenebeck, and Bill Shay. Hole prize winners for the event were as follows:
Shortest Drive on #1 — Joan Keberlein (longest shortest drive in Open history)
Closest to Pin on #2 — Tom Barry
Longest Drive Men on #4 — Fred (Sandbagger) Kennerhead
Longest Drive Women on #9 — Karen Opolka
Longest Putt Men on #5 — Ron Starkey
Longest Putt Women on #7 — Cris Nelson (shortest longest putt in history)
Closest to right front bunker on #6 — Reb Przybelski
See photos from the Open.
Retired UW-Green Bay faculty and staff are hosting the event, but anybody and everybody is welcome to play at the UWGB Retiree Association Benefit Golf Outing to be held at the Shorewood Golf Course on Friday, Aug. 15. Proceeds benefit the Retiree Association Scholarship. It’s a 12:30 check-in and putting contest, 1:30 shotgun start for the four-person scramble, 4:30 picnic-style buffet and 5 p.m. awards and door prizes. The organizers will pair folks up for the foursomes, if need be; and non-golfers are welcome to support the fundraiser through their dinner attendance. For more info, you can contact the University Advancement Office at 920-465-2212 or visit the website at www.uwgb.edu/retiree/events.htm.
They’re billing it as the “3rd Annual UWGB Convocation Open” to be held on the afternoon of Thursday, August 28, at the Shorewood Golf Course. The format for this social outing will be a three-or four-person scramble. Golfers (duffers, sandbaggers) of all abilities are encouraged to participate and meet others from the UW-Green Bay community in a less formal setting. The event is open to faculty, staff and retirees, with teams selected by the Planning Committee that consists of Kelly Franz, John Katers and Joe Schoenebeck.
Tee times start at 1 p.m., so if you can afford to take vacation for the afternoon and the very reasonable $10 greens fee ($15 if riding), they would love to hear from you. Please contact Joe Schoenebeck by noon August 22, the preceding Friday, to reserve your spot. What group will dethrone last year’s championship team of Tom Barry, Karen Opolka, and Patrick Forsythe? Chancellor Miller is tentatively scheduled to hit the ceremonial first ball to open the day’s activities. Non-golfers are also welcome to stop by Shorewood for refreshments and casual conversation later in the afternoon.
The Green Bay Running Club welcomed 96 ultra-marathoners for the club’s annual “Summer Solstice Challenge” last Saturday, June 28. The event invites hard-core runners to maximize one of the longest days of the year by going sun-up to sun-down for up to 15.5 hours of daylight. The club holds the event on the UW-Green Bay campus including the trails of the Cofrin Memorial Arboretum, with campus volunteers such as Mike Kline, Kelly Franz and Lee Reinke and his crew at Shorewood Golf Course, as well as Athletics trainer Callie Bartel, helping with arrangements. Top distances in the respective divisions:
15.5 Hour Run
Male: Ryan Norton – 80.75 miles
Female: Jen Binns – 72.15 miles
Male: Brady Sturm – 47.5 miles
Female: Christine Crawford – 43.65 miles
Male: Mike Cavanaugh – 35.85 miles
Female: Lynne Moore – 34.15 miles
For those interested in more modest distances, the Green Bay Running Club will return to campus for one of its periodic “fun runs” at 6 p.m. Tuesday (July 8), with participants gathering in the Shorewood Golf Course parking lot for a 5-mile outing. Open to all.
The Shorewood Golf Course and Restaurant send word they will open for the 2014 season on Monday (April 14). The course will be walking-only, no power carts.