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Weekend Planner: Golfers tee off for the 87th annual Shortstop

Published 10:36am Thursday, August 28, 2014

Green Lea Golf Course in Albert Lea will host its 87th annual Shortstop Tournament from Saturday to Monday.

The defending champion is Chris Baas. The tournament is limited to the first 128 paid entrants, and participants must be 21 years old or older to enter.

Entry fee includes a buffet dinner at 6 p.m. Sunday. Green Lea Golf Course is at 101 E. Richway Drive.

The tournament has a match-play format, which pits golfers head-to-head on each hole, rather than the entire course. The championship flight is $140. Golfers can qualify Saturday with assigned tee times between 7:30 and 9:30 a.m. Low 16 qualifiers will comprise the championship flight.

The championship flight will play 18 matches on Sunday and Monday. Non-qualifier flights will play nine matches Sunday and Monday.

It is the third-oldest tournament in Minnesota and the oldest match-play tournament in the state. The Shortstop is even older than the world-famous Masters Tournament in Augusta, Ga.

The regular flight is $130. Golfers qualify Saturday with assigned tee times and golf nine holes Sunday and Monday. The senior flight is for golfers 55 and older as of Saturday. The flight will be determined by number of entries, as it must have at least 16 players.

Prizes will be awarded to the top four golfers and consolation in each flight.

Golf carts are $150 and need to be reserved at the time of entry. Carts are reserved per person for all three days. Trail fees for private carts are $50.

All players and guests are invited to a special event at approximately 8 p.m. on Saturday. Practice rounds will be available Friday for $10 with paid entry. Carts are additional.

For information on registering for the tournament, call 507-373-1061 or visit



• The Friends & Family Celebration for Brian Knutson will be from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at Green Lea Golf Course, 101 E. Richway Drive. A silent auction will be from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and a live auction will be at 7 p.m. Dinner will be served from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

• The Pelican Breeze II pizza cruise will be from 6 to 7 p.m., leaving from Frank Hall Park. Reservations need to be made by 4 p.m. Friday. Cost is $20 per person. Call 507-383-7273 to reserve a spot.

• Enjoy a free movie in the park at 8:30 p.m. at Edgewater Park Bandshell. “Frozen” will be shown. Bring a lawn chair or blanket if desired.

• Arch Allies will play at 8:30 p.m. at the Geneva Bar & Grill, 101 W. Main St., Geneva, for the Tour for the Cure. Cover charge is $15.



• Find some produce, baked goods and more at the Albert Lea Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to noon at the Northbridge Mall parking lot, 2510 Bridge Ave.


• Enjoy breakfast at the Albert Lea American Legion, 142 N. Broadway, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost is $7. Pancakes, sausage, potatoes, scrambled eggs with or without diced ham, fruit cups, milk, juice and coffee will be served.

• Golden K I Kiwanis Club will host a Dad’s Belgian Waffles breakfast from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at the Fairlane Building at the Freeborn County Fairgrounds, 1031 Bridge Ave.

• See the sights of Albert Lea Lake with a Pelican Breeze II public cruise. The cruise starts at 1:30 p.m. but passengers should be at Frank Hall Park by 1:15 p.m. Cost is $10 per person. A minimum of 10 passengers is required for the cruise to sail.