Golf tourney raises funds to help church-work students


The 17th annual golf tournament to benefit the Southern Illinois District’s Student Aid Endowment Fund was held on June 12 at Roland Barkau Memorial Golf Course in Okawville. The Lord provided a very warm day, and the golf course was in excellent condition.


We had 19 teams signed up for the tournament, which represented 76 golfers. The tournament awards prizes ($160 for first place, $120 for second place and $80 for third place) in two flights. Here are the winning teams:

Flight A

• First place (score of 53)- – Dave Blumhorst, Greg Toensing, Lee Surmeier and Wayne Furman.

• Second place (56) – Chris Schield, Andrew Stellhorn, Chad Buss and Derek Kueker.

• Third place (58) – Wally Streuter, Tom Whitworth, David Kober and Ken Smith.

Flight B

• First place (64) – Gary Streuter, Josh Streuter, Jacob Streuter and Abbie Huels.

• Second place (64) – Todd Cox, Luke Cox, Briley Dahnke and Nick Krammrich.

• Third place (66) – Pat Adle, Scott Adle, Rich Luebbert and Steve Hendry.


Luke Cox won the men’s longest drive, and Abbie Streuter Huels was the women’s winner.


Wally Streuter had the longest putt. Dan Roth won two closest-to-the-pin holes, while Bob Hagen and Brian Petraitis won the others.


The tournament was blessed with five corporate sponsors (donation of $1,000). These included SID Lutheran Church Extension Fund, Zion Lutheran Church–Belleville Endowment Fund, Wally and Martha Streuter Family Gift Plan, Ruth Waeltz and Family, and Midwest Trans-Load LLC. We also had 24 additional tournament sponsors with donations ranging from $50 to $500.

The profit from the tournament was $8,737, Praise the Lord! The profit is deposited into the student fund. Interest from this fund can be used to give grants to students who are studying to be professional church workers at one of our Concordia seminaries and universities.


On the 16th hole was a special incentive to raise additional money for the student aid fund called Texas Tees. For $10 per team, the players can move up one tee box and have a better chance of reaching the green in fewer strokes. Even the ladies moved up from the red tees. We had all 19 teams participate, and some golfers donated additional money for the cause. We thank Margo Wolf and Mickey Roth for running this event. The profit came to $245.