Neil Walstad

The Walstad Prememorial Tournament was held at the Grangeville Golf & Country Club on Oct. 5 and 6. The tournament honors Neil Walstad.

GRANGEVILLE — Neil Walstad — known around town chiefly as a smokejumper — has long been one of the main men at Grangeville Golf and Country Club, where members honored him with a “pre-memorial” tournament last weekend, Oct. 5-6.

He chuckled about the name of the event when the Free Press asked him how it went, and said, “we had a great tournament and a good turnout.”

“I enjoyed it,” he said. His team “didn’t do worth a darn, but we had a jumper crew out there that had a lot of fun. It was a real nice gesture on the part of the club.”

The No. 4 hole featured a parachute dummy hung up in a tree. “I thought that was hilarious,” Walstad said. “It brought back a lot of memories. I got hung up in trees numerous times. I thought that was funnier than heck, though.”

The Walstad Prememorial Tournament is planned as an annual event in recognition of his long-time involvement with the club and its facilities.

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