Steve Virnig Memorial Disc Golf Tournament
Granite Falls played host to a Disc Golf Amateur Tournament, Saturday, September 18, during Squid Fest, at River's Edge Disc Golf Course in honor of the course champion and former Granite Falls Riverfront Revitalization chair, Steve Virnig. The community leader passed away in September of 2020. A plaque was affixed to the disc golf course signage in Rice Park, along the Minnesota River, in Steve's honor during the memorial disc golf tournament event.
"We are here to celebrate the life Steve Virnig, a founding member and many years Chair of GFRR and the vision and energy behind the creation of the Disc Golf Park" said GFRR member Nicole Zempel. GFRR members hosting the event presented Virnig's family with an event poster, designed by local artist Jess Gorman, sans event wording, depicting Steve, the river, and his beloved course.
A nominal registration fee was collected of just $5.00 dollars and in return golfers had a chance to win $500 for first place, $300 for second place, and $100 for third place. Children's art activities were also held at the K.K. Berge gallery in conjunction with the events close, with a frisbee spin art activity.
Many area residents and disc golf competitors gathered in the park for the plaque dedication in honor of Virnig. The over 50 registered competitors followed the dedication ceremony by going after the course with the same vigor Steve gave to the Granite Falls community in his lifetime of volunteer efforts.