Steve Virnig Memorial Disc Golf Tournament

Jess Gorman
Granite Falls Advocate Tribune

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.

The disc golf course welcome sign and map was embellished with a dedication plaque honoring Steve Virnig at the Saturday tournament.
GFRR member Nicole Zemple spoke at the opening ceremony for the Steve Virnig Memorial Disc Golf Tournament.
Linda Virnig (wife pictured left) and Maxine Virnig (motherpictured right) made a special visit to town for the Steve Virnig Memorial Disc Golf Tournament, honoring their son and husband who was honored and missed custodian of community. Maxine and family held tight to copies of art designered for the event by local artist Jess Gorman, depicting Steve Virnig.

"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. 

Disc Golfers gathered, ready to win and honor the site architect, Steve Virnig, for the Steve Virnig Memorial Disc Golf Tournament.
(Left to Right)-Closest to the pin challenge winner Lynn Clarke of Granite Falls, 3rd place winner Mike Kent of Pipestone, 1st place  winner Henry Dissel of Montevideo, and 2nd place winner Chris Lundquist of Worthington.

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.