MSU President's column for Traill County Tribune

May 25, 2013

Annual golf events provide social and fund-raising opportunities


Next month marks the 38th annual Mayville State University Golf Classic. Activities are planned for June 7 and 8 in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. The Mayville State Golf Classic is the oldest medal play university golf tournament in the world.

“The Classic” has become a gathering place for golfers and non-golfers alike. Mayville State alumni and friends from all over the country make Detroit Lakes their destination the second weekend of June each year for a reunion with family and friends.

Activities begin at 10:00 a.m. on Friday morning, June 7, with a four-person scramble at Forest Hills Golf & RV Resort. This event is being organized by the Mayville State University athletic department, and proceeds will go to athletic scholarships for Mayville State student athletes. Both men and women are encouraged to play. This event will feature a hole-in-one contest. Those who participate will have an opportunity to win $10,000 for themselves, and $10,000 for Mayville State!

On Friday evening, Mayville State alumni and friends will gather at the Detroit Country Club dining room for a scholarship event and social.

The main golfing event will begin with a 9:00 a.m. shotgun start on Saturday, June 8, at the Detroit Country Club Pine-To-Palm Course. The tournament will wrap up with an awards presentation at 3:00 p.m. The shotgun start and 9:00 a.m. start time were changes implemented a few years ago, and made in response to feedback from golfers who’ve participated in the past.

Also on Saturday, there will be a brunch for all Mayville State women. The brunch will be held at the Holiday Inn in Detroit Lakes, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Special guest will be my wife, Debbie Hagen. The gathering will take place in the pool conference room, and it will be a no host breakfast from the menu. Those who are interested should RSVP to by June 1.

The Mayville State Golf Classic has been of great benefit to Mayville State University over the years, as thousands of scholarship dollars, academic and athletic, have been donated to students pursuing their educational goals at Mayville State. In addition, the tournament has served as a place where Mayville State alumni and friends can meet and renew acquaintances. Year after year, people from near and far make the “Classic” their meeting place.

Gene Gaffney of Detroit Lakes is serving as the tournament manager this year. He has been involved with the MSU Golf Classic since its inception in 1976. Paul Maltrud served in the role of manager from 1976 until this last year. Others who are assisting again this year, as they have for years, are Del Hultgren and Dennis Hopman. Many others, including Curt Almlie, Jerome Berg, Harvey McMullen, Butch Lovas, and others have also assisted in various ways over the years.

We are truly grateful to all who have organized, worked, and helped to make this important activity happen each year. We are equally grateful to the many Mayville State alumni and friends who spend the second weekend of June each year in Detroit Lakes participating in the fun and festivities of the annual Mayville State University Golf Classic.

Golf enthusiasts will have another opportunity to play in support of Mayville State in July. The Comet Athletic Club will sponsor the fourth annual Harvey McMullen Open, formerly known as the North Valley (Hoople)-Comet Connection, Friday, July 26 at the Mayville Golf Course. Harvey, a Mayville State icon, is a native of Hoople, N.D., and was one of the original organizers of the annual event, which from time to time has been held in Mayville and in the northern Red River Valley. The first three Harvey McMullen Open events were immensely successful! To register for the four-person scramble, go to or contact Mike Moore at 701-788-4706. Proceeds from this tournament go to the general athletic scholarship fund.

We’d love to have you join in the fun of these golfing events for Mayville State alumni and friends. For more information on each of these opportunities, go to or contact the MSU Foundation at 701-788-4750.