Redefining the Classroom

Annual Lake State Golf Classic comes doctor-approved

Posted: May 21st, 2013

PUTTER TUNE-UP – Eight-year Lake State Golf Classic sponsor Shane Woolever of Greater Peninsula Orthopedics "tunes" Lake Superior State University Foundation Executive Director Tom Coates's putting arm during a visit to the good doctor's office. The 24th-annual event — held this year May 31 and June 1-2 — changes venue to northern Michigan's Boyne Mountain Resort, with its zip line course, horseback riding, indoor water park, and 11 golf courses. On top of a Sunday golf scramble, friends and alumni of Lake Superior State University will enjoy the traditional Saturday-night "Classic Bash," putting contests, plus dinner after Sunday's tournament. A live and silent auction, a perennial favorite, features some unique autographed items, artwork, Laker apparel, and other goodies to be announced. The Classic has raised more than $450,000 during its more than two-decade history for scholarships and projects at Lake Superior State. Run a Web search on "Lake State Classic" for registration and silent auction information, or call the LSSU Foundation Office at 906-635-6213 if you would like to place an auction bid or buy raffle tickets. (LSSU/John Shibley)

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SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – A perennial June favorite for friends and alumni of Lake Superior State University, the 24th-annual Lake State Golf Classic, moves to a new venue — Boyne Mountain Resort — and a new date — May 31 and June 1-2. LSSU supporter Shane Woolever D.O. of Greater Peninsula Orthopedics in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., will be the title sponsor for the eighth consecutive year. Aside from an ever-popular golf scramble, the event features live and silent auctions of some very unique items and some activities on site for families.

"We heard from some sponsors and players that it was time to try some different courses and a venue with family-friendly options,” said LSSU Foundation Executive Director Tom Coates of moving the event to Boyne Mountain. "We are being responsive to their feedback with the hope we will attract more participants. It’s a weekend of fun regardless of your skill level as a golfer."

Since 1990, the Classic has raised about $450,000 for scholarships and projects at the University. Funds raised this year are earmarked for the Laker Club Athletic Annual Fund and the Fund for LSSU, the Annual Fund of the LSSU Foundation.

"Dr. Woolever’s been a true advocate of the Classic and the University," Coates said. "We are very fortunate to have his leadership and history of strong participation by our sponsors and participants to help us meet the challenges of assisting our students in reaching their goals at Lake State."

Woolever started Greater Peninsula Orthopedics in 2001 and is an orthopedic surgeon at War Memorial Hospital. He has also provided specialized care for Laker student-athletes. For being a strong supporter of the University, Woolever was awarded the Donald and Catherine Finlayson Distinguished Citizen award in October of 2008 by the LSSU Alumni Association.

The three-day Classic starts on Friday, May 31st, with a variety of courses open for practice rounds. Practice rounds continue on Saturday before the Classic Bash/Social, sponsored by War Memorial Hospital, begins at 7 p.m. in the main lodge. It features a brief program, including an auction with Detroit Red Wing autographed sticks by Pavel Datsyuk, Niklas Kronwall and Henrik Zetterberg as well as other items and apparel. A post-social nightcap, sponsored by Central Savings Bank, immediately follows in the Clock Tower complex.

“We are trying something else new this year with the Classic Raffle,” said Debbie Jones, assistant director of annual giving. “We have 1,500 tickets at $10 a piece for shots at winning a $1,500 travel voucher, 50” flat screen TV, and an iPad. Some of our board members and student groups have really embraced selling tickets.”

The Classic Scramble, the main event, begins with a shotgun start at 9 a.m., Sunday, June 2nd. It is not too late for teams of four to get in on the action, place a bid in the auction, or purchase raffle tickets. Contact Debbie Jones, LSSU Foundation at 906-635-6213,, or The Classic website, under "events" at, provides information on sponsorship opportunities, auction information, and an option to register online.


CONTACTS: John Shibley, e-mail, 906-635-2314; Tom Pink, e-mail, 635-2315; LSSU Foundation Director Tom Coates, e-mail, 635-2665.