Minot, ND - A man who devoted himself to helping kids learn and love the game of golf was honored today in Minot.
Three short golf holes were dedicated to the late Rudy Zupetz at Souris Valley Golf Course.
The holes will be known as the Rudy Zupetz Learning Center and are designed to provide a place for young golfers to play when the Wee Links course is shut down for flood protection construction next year.
16 of the 19 members of the Zupetz family made the trip to Minot for the dedication today, coming from Florida, Texas, Colorado, and elsewhere.
Rudy Zupetz Junior says his father loved helping kids get into golf and Souris Valley Pro Steve Kottsick pushed for the new three-hole course to make sure there was a place for the youngest golfers to have fun.
(Rudy Zupetz, Jr. / Colorado Golf Pro) "There's so many inherent things you learn when you learn how to play the game of golf and it's obviously much easier when you're a kid to imitate, learn, they're not so results driven and don't care if they hit a bad shot so they just go out there an enjoy it."
(Steve Kottsick / Souris Valley Golf Course Pro) "With the dike work that's going to happen at the wee links, that will be closed for probably two years - we hope no longer than that and maybe less - so we decided to build a three-hole practice area that we'll use as the interim Wee Links."
The Rudy Zupetz Learning Center was made possible through fund raising by the Minot Junior Golf Assocaition.