Princeton women golf in Five Star’s 50th anniversary

Golfing on the 2014 Princeton squad during the 50th anniversary of the Five Star Invitational were (kneeling, l-r): Jan Rosen, Mariann Ossell, Helen Sanborn, (standing) Deanna Hall, Michelle Hagen, Andrea Ende, Arlene Cunningham and Candace Kutter. Photos by Greg Hunt / Union-Eagle

Golfing on the 2014 Princeton squad during the 50th anniversary of the Five Star Invitational were (kneeling, l-r): Jan Rosen, Mariann Ossell, Helen Sanborn, (standing) Deanna Hall, Michelle Hagen, Andrea Ende, Arlene Cunningham and Candace Kutter.
Photos by Greg Hunt / Union-Eagle

A fun tradition celebrated its golden anniversary when the Five Star women’s golf tournament was hosted on a chilly Monday, July 14 on the Purple Hawk layout north of Cambridge.

The Five Star Tourney began in 1965 as the Four Star, pitting women’s teams from Elk River, Princeton, Mora and Milaca golf clubs in a tourney that rotated sites each year. Over the years, Cambridge joined, and then North Branch replaced Elk River as the event continued to build fellowship between the various women and golf clubs.

Eight golfers are on each team, with the low six scores counting for the trophy. This year, Cambridge unseated Mora as the Five Star champion by scoring 560 points, followed by North Branch (591), Mora (609), Princeton (635) and Milaca (666).

The tourney medalist was Cambridge’s Kelly Brown who came in at 83. Helen Sanborn led the Princeton squad with her 100 round, followed by Andrea Ende’s 104. Also golfing for the Princeton GC were Michelle Hagen, Jan Rosen, Arlene Cunningham, Deanna Hall, Candace Kutter and Marianne Ossell.

Arlene Cunningham hit her  tee shot on the Purple Hawk No. 1 hole during the July 14 Five Star Tournament.

Arlene Cunningham hit her tee shot on the Purple Hawk No. 1 hole during the July 14 Five Star Tournament.

At the post-round luncheon in the Hawk’s Nest, Marion Larson of Braham spoke. She played in the original Four Star Tourney at Elk River while golfing on the Mora squad.

“I am so happy to see this keep going. Fifty years for a tournament is a long time,” she said. “And it’s so great to see the friendship among all of you!”

As the tradition keeps rolling, Princeton will be the host site of the 2015 Five Star Tourney.

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