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Leprechaun Days golf tournament leaves people smiling

Kurt Bills had a smile on his face from ear to ear Saturday morning. The Rosemount High School teacher and city council member had put a lot of work into organizing a golf tournament for Leprechaun Days and it came together well.

In fact the four-person scramble, played at Rich Valley Golf Course, raised more than $1,000 for 360 Communities and hundreds of pounds of items for the food shelf at Rosemount's family resource center.

"It was a beautiful thing," Bills said of the event.

Bills put together the event for a couple of reasons. The first was because there was no golf tournament associated with Rosemount's 10-day festival and the second because he knew the Rosemount Family Resource Center needed help.

"My wife and I saw the need and just knew it needed to be done," said Bills.

The proceeds were much appreciated. Rosemount Family Resource Center volunteer coordinator Shira Rabinowicz said they were grateful for the both the cash donation and the food.

"This is a pretty neat thing. It has done so much for us," said Rabinowicz.

In addition to smiles from Bills and Rabinowicz, Jeremy Stier also had a big grin Saturday. A golfer on Team Buck, Stier hit his first hole in one during the tournament.

"I wasn't convinced it went in until I saw the ball in the hole," said Stier. "Then I got pretty excited."

Overall it was a good day and Bills hopes to repeat it next year. Although he said he hopes to get others involved in the organizing.

"I'd like to get DECA involved. I think it would be a wonderful partnership," said Bills.

DECA is a high school organization that competes in marketing events.

In the meantime he's just pleased with the way things went and will keep that smile on until the next one rolls around.

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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