The Northwest Iowa National Invitational Golf Tournament is in its fifth year of competition in the Ice Cream Capital of the World. Dan Gray is the President of Junior Golf of Northwest Iowa and the tournament director. His goal was to copy the format of a tournament he competed in in college, but the community support as elevated this tournament to a new level.
He says the community’s involvement in volunteering efforts has been incredible.
In addition to the 54-hole tournament and college-amateur tournament, there will be some entertainment. Golf entertainer Dan Boever, a Remsen native, will be coming back to the area to show off his skills.
The show will be Saturday afternoon at 3:00 PM. Gray says you will see some things you have certainly never seen before.
The tournament field is full of talent from all over the country. Gray says this year’s women’s field is top-notch.
Now that the tournament has been around long enough, word has spread all over about the excellent tournament in Le Mars. Gray says it is reaching schools he never considered to put in the tournament.
Of course, this weekend will feature a lot of fun and excitement, but the tournament also serves a purpose for Junior Golf of Northwest Iowa. All proceeds from the tournament help fund numerous programs that can go towards resources for its kids to scholarships down the road. Gray says golf is a lifetime sport and one you can compete at a high level in if given the opportunity.
Play begins at the tournament on Monday at Willow Creek Golf Course in Le Mars. Spectating opportunities are available all weekend at the golf course.