by Bruce Strand, Sports editor
There were fewer Ostermans than usual at the Elk River Quarterback Club golf tournament on Friday, but the two who made it teamed with three other capable golfers and won the whole thing.
“There’s usually six to eight of us here, but most of them were at a wedding,” said John Osterman.
“They’ll all be really pumped to hear that won it,” said Robb Osterman, John’s son.
Along with Jason Anderson, Stewart Bastian and Ed O’Connell, they shot 54 to place first among 28 teams by one stroke.
Last year the same quintet shot the same 54 and placed second as another team went crazy with 22-under-50. That squad of Chris Miller, Nick Andrican, Tom McChesney, Mike Bodnar and Tim Kratzke was among four teams tying for second with 55 this year.
The other Ostermans, including former Gopher receiver Aaron, an Elk assistant coach, were up north in Vining for a wedding.
The guys said Bastian was the star putter, including one 50-footer for an eagle. “Everybody did something,” said Bastian.
O’Donnell was in the paper last year when he shot a hole-in-one at the QB Club tourney on No. 2, winning a set of irons. That was the hole this year where you could have won a car with an ace, which of course his teammates teased him about.
“I was a year too early,” O’Donnell grinned.
The other teams shooting 55 were as follows:
Dan Kohler, Steve Yunto, Eric Feigum, Justin Sueflow, and Jeff Drugg.
Ryan Servaty, Chris Graham, Brant Pale, Charlie Mann and Aaron Humphrey.
Nolan Dwyer, Brad Dwyer, Sam Franklin, Matt Kierstad and Blake Hillman.
The sixth-place team was Brad Grupa, Dave Bleyhl, Chris Prosser, John Bistodeau, and Mike White with 56.
Among the players were the last four head coaches: Steve Hamilton (current), Mike Cross, Paul Gustafson and Terry McLean.
There was an all-Otto team of Bob and his sons, former Elks Joel, Kurt and Craig, and Erik. They shot 59.
Joel narrowly missed a hole-in-one on the 165-yard, par-3 No. 2, which is the hole where an ace would earn you the black Ford Mustang parked nearby. Kurt reported that Joel’s shot kicked left from the right fringe, rode the ridge toward the hole and stopped inches short.
The car prize has always been on No. 4 until this year when it was moved to No. 2, where it will be again next year, said Phil Johnson, tournament director. That contest is sponsored by Elk alum Matt Paugh and his Integrity Insurance firm. with Cornerstone Auto supplying the car.
This was the 23rd annual QB Club tournament.
“The tournament is more than just a fund raiser,” said Johnson. “It’s also a great kickoff to the 123rd year of Elks football. It’s always fun to see teams of families, friends, alumni and coaches sharing putting lines and memories.”