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Toby Tournament Wrap-up




The No. 1 team that came in 12 under was, left to right, Paula Pohlkamp, Sue Schnichels, Robert Nelson and Guy Gelakoski.

If you didn’t win any of the plethora of prizes at this year’s Toby Tournament at Minnesota Valley Country Club in Bloomington, don’t blame your golf skills. There were an abundance of riches for golfers and guests to take home swag, ranging from cutting boards to drivers and putters to rounds of golf at prestigious golf courses. And there’s always the popular drawing where the winner and pot split the proceeds 50/50, which sent one person home with more than $700 in his pocket. 

In addition, there were two rounds of the game heads or tails where the winners each took home a Benjamin.

But all those prizes aren’t at the cost of the scholarships, they’re raised from extremely generous donors in the hospitality community who donate the prizes and buy the tickets for the drawings.

Karen Lamb of Heartland Payments was this year’s chair, and Zach Weisman of The Yes Group was a perfect fit as emcee, not only because his humor keeps the award ceremony and gift giving moving along at a nice clip, but because he knows everyone in the room.

The tourney has five scholarship partners that distribute the funds raised: the Minnesota License Beverage Association, the University of Wisconsin Stout, the American Culinary Federation Minneapolis Chef’s Chapter, the Hospitality Minnesota Education Foundation and the Upper Midwest Chapter of the Club Managers Association of America.

The tournament is named for Toby Landgraf, an equipment rep and co-owner of Vader and Landgraf, who died in 1985 and is remembered for his passion and commitment to education. 

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