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Barry Poe, Journal sports writer May 2, 2007

As far as I know, Walt Fiegel didn’t play much golf. The legendary former East High football coach, who passed away several years ago, was more apt to go fishing or just sit around and talk football. Or talk about anything, for that matter.

It just so happens, however, that so many of the young men whose lives were forever changed for the better by Coach Fiegel like to tee it up on occasion. For the last four years, right around this time, former East High athletes gather to pay tribute to their longtime mentor.

Members of the Walt Fiegel Foundation will hold their annual dinner auction and golf tournament May 11-12. The dinner/silent auction will be Friday, May 11, at the Lewis Bowl Annex while a calcutta four-man golf tournament is set for Saturday, May 12 at Whispering Creek.

Funds raised from the events support the Walt Fiegel Scholarship Fund, administered through the Siouxland Community Foundation. Scholarships are presented annually to graduating seniors from each of the four Sioux City high schools. To date, the group has awarded five $1,000 scholarships and another four will be presented this year.

The always popular silent auction once again features some highly sought after items.

They include University of Iowa and Iowa State sports autographed collectibles, a Green Bay Packers helmet signed by Brett Favre, an Orlando, Fla., condo vacation package, a Black Hills vacation package, NASCAR items and much more.

Several East High alumni established the Walt Fiegel Foundation in 2004 with the intent of continuing the legacy of Coach Fiegel through scholarships to high school students and eventually grants to community organizations. The sole purpose of the foundation is to perpetuate the values of Coach Fiegel in his memory.

Cost for the dinner and golf tournament is $100 per person. Individuals or spouses wishing to attend the dinner only may do so for $25 per person.

Interested golfers must put together teams of four and submit a registration form with the entry fee. Registration forms can be obtained at www.waltfiegel.com or by contacting Jeff Croston at (712) 253-4496.

This is an event that normally fills up quickly and I know from talking to people who’ve participated in the past, regardless of the weather, a good time is had by all.

One thing is for certain, there’ll be more than one mention of Walt Fiegel.

Hard to believe it, but it’s time for the first of the city’s four “major” golf tournaments of the season, the Tri-State Masters.

Ayron Corporon will defend his title in the third annual event, held at three different golf courses. The first round is Friday at Two Rivers Golf Club in Dakota Dunes, the second round on Saturday at Covington Links in South Sioux City and the third round Sunday at Green Valley.

Corporon defeated Dan Freed in a playoff to win last year’s event. Tournament director Scott Harmelink reports that at the cutoff for entries, a field of nearly 90 players had signed up.

Which is a good sign, considering that several players who would normally compete are taking part in the Iowa Mid-Amateur Championship in Des Moines this weekend.

The low one-third of the field after Friday and Saturday rounds will make up the championship flight for Sunday’s play at Green Valley. The rest of the field will be broken into flights, with the top half of each flight receiving golf shop credit to the Green Valley pro shop.

Speaking of Corporon, the former East High and Creighton University shotmaker teamed with Jason Pease to tour 27 holes in 1-under-par 107 for a victory in the first Western Iowa Best Ball Championship Sunday at Whispering Creek.

Bill Hornbeck and Gary Stieneke of South Sioux City were second while Chad Anderson and Joe Gormally of Sioux City finished third after each twosome carded 1-over 109.

Chris Jenness and Ryan Lux of Cherokee (91) won low net in the championship flight while Mike Fitzpatrick and Bob Geary (99) claimed low net in the first flight.

Thought for the week: Why is it that at the conclusion of a golf round, whether in a tournament or not, players remove their hats or visors to shake hands with their playing partners?

Journal sports writer Barry Poe can be reached at (712) 293-4205, or e-mail barrypoe@siouxcityjournal.com

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