The tournament is held every year in remembrance of Ray Zachariassen, a man instrumental in bringing the Akokiniskway golf course to Rosebud. The story goes that one day, Ray took his friend Albert Clark out golfing, and Albert liked golf so much he decided to utilize a piece of farm land he had to build a golf course. He succeeded of course, and from that, Akokiniskway was born.
This year, the tournament is being held to raise funds for the Rosebud Museum, Wheatland County’s only registered museum. An addition has been added to the museum and is near completion, however they are looking to finish it. Last year they raised over $16,000 for the cause, a goal they hope to surpass this year.
Ernie Palsson, manager of the course, looks forward to it. “There’s a supper, a silent auction, and there is going to be live entertainment. So far it’s an adult only tournament, but families are welcome to come down for the dinner and silent auction.”
The events that are to be held are sure to be a fun time for all, with both silent and live auctions, the golf tournament, brunch, supper, and live local entertainment that evening. Everything is organized and run by the Rosebud Historical Society, The Akokiniskway Golf Course, members of the Rosebud Hall Board, The Rosebud Lions Club and the Rosebud Fire Department.
The museum can be found across from the mercantile in Rosebud. If you have items to donate for the auctions or you would like to to register for the tournament, contact Akokiniskway at 403-677-2250.