Best Bets: Take a swing at cancer with some golf

Published 9:02 am Thursday, June 15, 2017

What do playing golf and fighting cancer have in common?

You can do both this Saturday during the Fourth Annual Hoot and Ole’s Paint the Town Pink Golf Tournament. All proceeds will go toward funding cancer research at the Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota.

“Everyone has been touched by cancer,” said Hoot and Ole’s and Judy Too co-owner Jeremy “Ole” Olson. “We all know someone who has it or has had it. My father is battling cancer, so it’s personal for me.”

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Hoot, Ole and Judy are no strangers to cancer fundraising. They and their team, the Dutchtown Jumpers, have consistently raised the most money for the annual Paint the Town Pink event.

According to Olson, last year’s golf tournament raised over $6,000.

Pre-tournament registration costs $55 per person, while registering the day of the tournament costs $65 per person. Included in the cost are 18 holes of golf, a cart, green fees and a lunch of hot dogs, chips and water halfway through the course.

After the tournament, live and silent auctions will be held at Hoot and Ole and Judy Too. Items up for auction include a baseball bat signed by Kent Hrbek, four Twins tickets with seats in the Legend’s Club, and an outdoor cooler donated by Martha Vrieze and Greg Rud.

A dinner of sloppy joes, salad, chips and dessert, included in the registration fee, will be served at the bar.

Competitors can sign up in teams of four or can come as individuals and be placed into teams. Olson said as of Monday, June 12, there were 20 teams registered. He encouraged everyone to come out and participate.

“This event gives back to the community, helps the fundraising efforts of Paint the Town Pink and drives research efforts at the Hormel Institute to find a cure,” he said. “It’s a fun event and everyone has a good time.”

The Hoot and Ole’s Paint the Town Pink Golf Tournament takes place at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Meadow Green Golf Course, 25238 540th Ave. Registration begins at 9 a.m. For more information, call 507-481-7899.


•Special Public Skate, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Riverside Arena. Only $2 to skate and $1 to rent skates. For more information, call 507-433-1881.

•Cartoons Unlimited, 2 to 3 p.m. at the Austin ArtWorks Center. Each week students will learn to draw new things in an easy step-by-step process that still allows for personal creativity. From dinosaurs and bunnies, to robots and butterflies, this class will build confidence and improve the skills of your aspiring artist. All class supplies will be provided by the instructor.  For ages 7 and up, $80 per student.  For more information, call 507-434-0934.

•Chateau Raceway Midseason Points Night, 6:30 to 10 p.m. at the Chateau Raceway in Lansing. Hot laps at 6:30 p.m., race follows. Chateau Raceway is a 1/3 mile semi-banked racetrack made of clay/gumbo mix. We offer seven different classes on a weekly basis: Chateau Raceway Hornets and Pure Stocks, Wissota Street Stocks and Midwest Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, and USRA A & B Modifieds. For more information, call 507-272-8906.

• “Peter and the Starcatcher, 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Frank W. Bridges Theatre, Riverland Community College. A Summerset Theatre production. This year celebrates 50 years of Summerset. This play features a dozen actors portraying more than 100 unforgettable characters, upending  the century-old story of how a miserable orphan becomes Peter Pan, the boy who would never grow up. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for ages 12 and under. For more information, go to


•Austin Farmers’ Market, 9 a.m. to noon at 501 Oakland Ave. E. Fresh food, family fun, live music and much more. Products include seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables, jams and jellies, free range eggs, sustainably raised beef, pork, chicken and lamb, plants and flowers, baked good, crafted items, local honey and maple syrup. Grow with us. We’re always looking for fresh vendors. Farmers, gardeners, crafters, artists, musicians, food concessions are all welcome at our market. For more information, call 507-279-2787 or email

•Farmers Market Place LLC, 9 a.m. to noon at 1209 18th Ave. NW by Shopko. Local fresh produce, baked goods, jellies, jams, crafts, and more from farmers, bakers, makers and crafters straight to you. For more information, call 507-438-3956.

•Hoot & Ole’s PTTP Golf Tournament, 10 a.m. at Meadow Greens Golf Course. For more information, see above or call 507-481-7899.

•“Peter and the Starcatcher, 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Frank W. Bridges Theatre, Riverland Community College. •Girls Fast Pitch Softball Twister Tournament, at the North Todd Complex. For more information, call 507-433-1881.

•Dexter Sunflower Daze, in Dexter.


•Austin Blue Sox vs. Red Wing, 4 to 6:30 p.m. at Lafayette Park. Go Blue Sox! For more information, go to

•Girls Fast Pitch Softball Twister Tournament, at the North Todd Complex. For more information, call 507-433-1881.