Thursday, June 13, 2024

The Carleton Open started in September 1996 as the “Casey Jarchow Memorial Golf Outing.” Alumni such as Jack ’49 and Jinny ’48 Thurnblad, Phil Zrimsek ’87, Jon Nicholson ’58, Jep Knox ’48, Frank Wright ’50, Ray Asp ’50, Bill Huyck ’53, and others organized the first one with Alumni Office support as a tribute to former Carleton Dean and Coach Casey Jarchow, who had passed away a few years earlier.

M.E. “Casey” Jarchow came to Carleton in September of 1946 as Dean of Men, incurring quite a challenge as the west (men’s) side of campus exploded with returning service men enrolled via the GI Bill®. Casey was a golfer, Carleton golf team coach, a true bon vivant, and a great friend to the many who knew him either as students, colleagues, or members of the Northfield golfing community.

Thanks in large part to the efforts of Bill Beck ’50 and his interest in broadening alumni participation in this event, the name changed to “Carleton Open,” and the date changed to make it the opening event of Reunion weekend.

Play a round of golf with classmates and other alumni on Thursday afternoon, and enjoy a post-event dinner. The tournament takes place on the Northfield Golf Club course, which measures out at 6,728 yards with a rating at 73.1 and slope of 143. The tournament uses a team scramble format, with flights for men, women, and couples. The cost is $100 per person which includes tournament play, golf cart, lunch, drink tickets, and a post-round happy hour featuring heavy hors d’oeuvres.

There is a separate registration form for the Carleton Open, which will be available at the same time as the Reunion registration form. A separate list of Who’s Coming (Playing) will also be available online. Those who want to play together can indicate who they will be playing with. Those who don’t indicate players on their registration will be placed on teams by the tournament committee members. The deadline to register for the Carleton Open is Thursday, June 6.

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