Golf shootout to honor long-time booster Max Brodersen
McCOOK, Neb. -- This year's first place award at the golfing HorseRace at Heritage Hills Golf Course will have a special significance.
In honor of the man who made the HorseRace one of the most popular and best-executed events in this region, the winner of the 2015 golfing shootout will be presented the first-ver Max Brodersen championship trophy.
Max, who played a lead role in planning and presenting the HorseRace, died January 16, culminating an earthly life marked by Max's zest for life and his powerful interaction with others.
"More than any other person, Max was the one who made the HorseRace the success it is," said Ron Friehe, who was among the dozens who, through the years, helped Max with the annual golfing shootout.
"Max did it all," Ron said. "He started early and he had a detailed plan, with assignments for the 20 to 25 people on the HorseRace committee." His preparations included getting matching caps for each member of the committee and selecting the color of the pants and shirts for them to wear on the day of the race."
Also important to the success of the HorseRace was Max's close connection with the golf pros who participated in the event. On the day of the HorseRace, Max took it upon himself to greet each of the pros individually, encouraging the crowd to give each a hearty welcome.
The HorseRace sets the stage for the John Mullen Pro-Am Golf Tournament, which this year will take place on Saturday and Sunday, June 6-7. Through the years, Max worked closely with the Community Hospital Health Foundation staff to make certain all HorseRace details were handled. "Max is missed every day," said Terri Shipshock, director of the foundation. Terri and Dannette Kloepping of the Foundation staff were accustomed to Max dropping by the Foundation office to remind them what needed to be done as the event neared. It will be a challenge to fill his shoes, they say.
The HorseRace is officially called the Ron Coleman Memorial Horse Race. It was so named to honor the memory of Ron Coleman, the outstanding golf coach at McCook High School who died in an accident in 2004. By naming the trophy for the HorseRace in Max Brodersen's honor, the pro-am committee linked two men who were closely connected in life. As an outstanding high school athlete in David City, Coleman was coached by Brodersen. Later - after their coaching and teaching careers brought them to McCook - Max and Ron took active roles to inspire youth and serve the community.
The 2015 Ron Coleman Memorial Horse Race will be Friday, June 5, at Heritage Hills. Beginning at 4 p.m. and continuing until nearly dusk, the action-packed shootout will unfold on the back nine at the golf course. It's a scene to behold, with hundreds of fans in golf carts following the action from hole-to-hole.
The event will conclude on the 18th green with the presentation of the Ron Coleman Memorial Horse Race winner's check and the Max Brodersen championship trophy. What a fitting tribute it will be. Ron and Max loved life. They loved sports. Their memories live on, encouraging active living and inspiring the pursuit of excellence.