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Sunny skies and perfect temperatures led to a great turnout for the 18th Annual Passage Golf Scramble, themed “Around the World in 18 Holes”. Frederic Golf Course was a busy place as 32 teams readied for the Noon shotgun start at the course’s largest tournament of the season. The event was a huge success with dozens of community members and organizations stepping up to raise over $17,000 to support Northwest Passage’s Alumni Award Fund. Northwest Passage has been dedicated to restoring hope though innovative mental health services for children and families for over 40 years. The money raised will be used to support both current and past residents who demonstrate success on their road to recovery.

First Place Team: Rusty, Marcus, Matt, and Travis Helland

Teams enjoyed a delicious meal of international-themed cuisine as they listened to Northwest Passage Alumni speaker, Jade, explain how her time at Northwest Passage has shaped her future. Jade was the recipient of a camera through the Alumni Award Fund and explained how that gift has allowed her to connect with positive role models and mentors in her community. As Jade heads off to college this fall, she expressed gratitude to everyone who came out to support kids, like her, as they work to improve their futures.

The first place prize of $300 was awarded to Team Helland, consisting of father Rusty, and sons Marcus, Matt, and Travis Helland, and was graciously donated back to the Alumni Award Fund. Though there were undoubtedly many shots to cheer for on the course throughout the day, none compared to Ethan Alexander’s hole-in-one on #9. Ethan, a recent graduate of Frederic High School, was awarded a GoPro courtesy of Larsen Auto Center of Frederic for his effort.

Ethan Alexander scored a hole-in-one on hole 9

The day ended with dozens of valuable prizes, including a big-screen TV, golf equipment from TaylorMade, Callaway and Ping, a gas grill, Adirondack chairs, weekend stay & play packages, and much more being awarded to lucky raffle winners. Northwest Passage would like to thank their many sponsors and prize donors for contributing to the success of the 18th Annual Passage Scramble.

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