Bobcat North Dakota Open Merges Golf, Community Outreach

The 59th annual Bobcat North Dakota Open brought exciting pro and amateur golf to the Fargo Country Club August 25-27, while also supporting The Village Family Service Center, a local non-profit agency dedicated to improving the lives of area children and families.

Andre Metzger won the tournament, becoming the first player to ever win the Bobcat North Dakota Open tournament four times. Tied for second place, behind Metzger, was Zander Winston and Chris Gilman. Ian Siminoch topped the amateur division of the tournament.

Bobcat Company has served as the lead corporate sponsor for the tournament since 1984, donating more than $1.2 million in support of The Village’s community outreach services.

“All of us at Bobcat Company are proud to support this annual tournament and the greater Fargo-area community,” said Mike Ballweber, president of Doosan Bobcat North America. “The Bobcat North Dakota Open is a great way to host and showcase pro and amateur golf talent while also helping The Village build a brighter future for area kids and families in need of our support.”  

The three-day pro-am golf tournament concluded Sunday with an awards presentation during which Bobcat representatives presented a check for $1.2 million to Kelly Olson, president and CEO of The Village. The check represents Bobcat Company’s total donations while serving as the annual tournament’s title sponsor.

“We are incredibly grateful for the support of Bobcat Company,” said Kelly Olson, President and CEO of The Village Family Service Center. “Their generosity is truly making a difference in the lives of the people we serve, and we look forward to continuing this important partnership in the years to come.”

Other major sponsors of the tournament were: Bell Bank, Bremer Bank, D-S Beverages, J & M Printing, Lapham-Hickey Steel Corp, Lenker Consulting, and Swanston Equipment Corporation.

A large field of amateur golfers were paired with pros during Friday’s and Saturday’s rounds. The tournament’s events also included a kick-off celebration, barbeque and a Big Brothers Big Sisters program golf clinic for children who each received a set of junior golf clubs courtesy of the North Dakota Golf Association.

The 59th annual Bobcat North Dakota Open is a part of the Dakotas Tour, an 18-event, professional golf tour played in Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota.