GALESBURG, Illinois— Supporters of Knox College athletics hit the links on June 15 at the annual K Club Golf Outing at Soangetaha Country Club.
Roughly 70 players attended the event along with members of athletics staff, all participants become automatic members of K Club if they were not previously.
Teams teed off at 1:00 p.m. after a short lunch and putting contest. The 18-hole scramble featured 17 teams in a shotgun start. The outing is followed by a dinner buffet with a silent auction, raffles, and award presentations. Winner’s were split into two different flights as follows:
1st Place – Beth Gilster ’02, Garth Gilster ’02, Cheri Hosteng, and Vince Pavilionis ’02
2nd Place – John Hawkinson ’07, Nolan Scanlon ’07, Jake Brunette ’04, and Kris Herbrand
1st Place – Wes Graham, Adam Kiefer, Ronald Graham, and Garrett Williams
2nd Place – Jim Pogue ’80, Matt Pogue, Dave Cratty ’80, and Steve Holmes ’80
Former director of athletics Harley Knosher was in attendance to present the awards. He spoke highly of the event, “Since K.C. Harding became our golf coach and took over administration of the outing it has become a first class event. Everyone who has attended his outings is thrilled with all he has done to make it more fun for the participants. This year was no exception. It was also nice to have the course in great shape and the meals were very good.”
Current director of athletics Daniella Irle also added praise for new K Club Coordinator Clare Sobon, who helped plan the event and many other events throughout the year. “Clare has only been on campus for six months and has already made a difference in the K Club. Her work alongside K.C. in finding sponsors for the event is an important part of the process.”
Office Specialists, John Pritchard of 105.3K FM, and the Yemm Auto Group sponsored lunch. Jim Brown ’87, Andrew Isaacson ’99, Tom Anderson ’66, John Hawkinson ’07, Geoff Ziegler ’03, K.C. Harding, Daniella Irle, Scott Baldwin ’81, Dave Stukel, Cherry Street Bar and Grill, Noah Manzo, Peter Bailley ’74, and Jim Ramsey each sponsored holes. Other sponsors and donors include Dennis Chase ’67, Dudley McCarter ’72, Paul Salansky ’73, Dustin Milliken ’03, Scott Westerman ’84, Neil Magruder ’06, Andrew Isaacson ’99, Kirk Hosteng and Dick Lindstrom.
Coach Harding also appreciates the alumni involvement in the event. “Since taking over the K Club Golf Outing it has become very important to make sure it is a day enjoyed by all. I know that everyone is always getting asked to give and this is our way of giving back by making sure all in attendance have a great day with friends and staff alike. I hope that next year it will continue to grow so be sure to let everyone know it is a great day!”
Coach Knosher relishes the opportunity to spend time with former players and colleagues in a setting full of people dedicated to Knox athletics. “I can say the chance to spend time with some of the best friends I have ever had is one of the highlights of the year for me. The chance to relive the experiences we shared when they were at Knox is priceless to me. It was especially nice because this year’s format gave me a chance to have a good visit with everyone. What a great bunch of memories!”
K Club President David Anderson participated in the event and always looks forward to the camaraderie with old friends and new. “The K Club Golf Outing is always a great event at beautiful Soangetaha Country Club. It’s great to return with old friends and teammates and compete on the golf course. The highlight is always seeing Coach Knosher and hearing a good story or two or three. This year’s K Club Golf outing was a ton of fun. K.C. Harding has made it a fun event where we get to meet the Knox coaching staff and hear about the teams and current student-athletes. It’s a day trip back to Galesburg that I look forward to every year.”
The K Club is the official booster club of Knox College Athletics. The K Club helps build unforgettable experiences for our student-athletes by helping reinforce recruiting efforts, hire full-time coaches, make facility improvements, and assist with team travel for team-building trips.
“It was a great day, we appreciate everyone who came out,” said Irle. “It was great to meet so many people who are so involved and invested in Knox athletics.”