by Bruce Strand, Sports editor
When Elk River girls golf coach Dave Bleyhl takes his team to the state tournament banquet, there’ll be a big honor in store for him.
Bleyhl will be inducted into the Minnesota Golf Coaches Hall of Fame by the coaches association.
“I am pretty excited about it,” said Bleyhl, 68, a retired economics and government teacher. “But I’m a little nervous — I’m not a very good speaker!”
Bleyhl has coached for 41 years overall, and has been Elk girls head coach for 28 years. He has coached 18 state tournament teams, most of any girls coach in the state.
The 2011 team won Section 7AAA on Thursday, his first state team since the 2005 squad won the program’s lone state championship.
The Minneapolis native will have plenty of friends at the event as not only the Elk girls team but also the boys team has qualified for state and will be at the banquet Monday, June 13, at Earl Brown Center in Brooklyn Park.
Bleyhl, whose daughter, Laura, won a state championship in 1989, has given no indication of retiring any time soon, especially with seventh-grade granddaughter Morgan Bleyhl (conference JV champion this year) coming up the ranks.