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Memorials part of golf course

By Staff | Nov 21, 2010

If the Jolly Green Giant ever leaves Blue Earth and wants to golf at the Minn-Iowa Golf Course in Elmore, there are clubs waiting for him to use.

But, they are all woods – even the irons are made of wood.

“It really is an impressive sight,” says golfer Craig Lloyd. “It is hard to miss.”

He is referring to a giant wooden sculpture of a golf bag complete with clubs. It is a piece of chainsaw art, and stands more than 8-feet tall.

The artwork was recently donated to the Minn-Iowa Course in memory of Kenneth Asche.

“Kenny was an avid golfer in Elmore,” Lloyd says. “He was a single guy, never married, and golfed a lot all summer long. You could find him out here most days.”

Lloyd should know, as he golfed with Asche a lot.

“He was quiet, but a lot of fun,” Lloyd explains.

Asche was from Lakota, Iowa, originally, then lived in Winnebago for many years.

“He worked at Telex in Blue Earth for 22 years,” Lloyd recalls.

Then, a year ago, Asche came down with cancer.

He died this past July 6, at the age of 47.

Asche was the only boy in his family, but he had three sisters. They decided they wanted to do something at the Minn-Iowa Golf Club in his memory.

The three – Patty, Connie and Kathy – are the ones who arranged for the giant golf bag to be carved, delivered and installed at the course.

After all, the course was a place their brother loved, and spent many enjoyable hours, they said at the dedication held on Oct. 30.

It will be a nice way for everyone to remember their friend and fellow golfer, Kenny Asche, says Lloyd.

The giant golf bag sculpture is not the only memorial recently installed at the golf course.

New landscaping around the clubhouse was installed with a donation from the family of Darold Naumann.

And a bench at the No. 1 tee box was given in honor of Earl Cowin by his son and two daughters.

“We appreciate all of the donations,” Lloyd says. “It helps make the club look very nice.”