Golf Classic leaves impact on Hayfield family

August 04, 2017 10:39 PM

(ABC 6 News) – For a 7th straight year, golfers hit the links in Hayfield to help raise money and awareness for a cause.

The 7th annual Seth Pack Golf Classic was in full swing (pun intended) on Friday at the Oaks Golf Club in Hayfield. The Classic helps raise money and awareness for Down syndrome, and the Arc Southeastern Minnesota Down syndrome Group.


Organized by Hayfield activities director and head boys basketball coach Chris Pack, he named the classic after his 10-year-old son, Seth, who has Down syndrome.

Chris said he first organized the event because his family wanted to “create a local impact.”

“It speaks a lot not only to Hayfield, but our friends and family and a lot of these people,” Chris Pack said. “I know (the golfers), but some of them I don’t, they are friends of my brothers or friends of my friend, but it’s special to us to see so many people come out for our fundraiser.”

“I like it,” Seth Pack added. “(My favorite part) is to drive (the golf cart).”

Over the last six years, the event has raised roughly $35,000 for the Arc, which also helps fund scholarships to Hayfield High School.

In year seven, the benefit will not only raise money for those scholarships, but it will also help benefit Hayfield’s special education department—along with a graduating senior.

“Two separate scholarships (will be granted),”  Chris Pack said. “They will have to write an essay about how someone with special needs has impacted them and how they look to have an impact in the future with children with special needs.”

Since the inaugural year of the Classic, Pack said the event has come a long way--on Friday, the event raised more than $12,000.

“We started with 12 teams and about 50 golfers,” Chris Pack said. “Now we’re at 38 teams and over 150 golfers.”

The family hopes to continue the tradition of staying involved. 

For those who would like to donate to the fundraiser,send an e-mail to


Diana Cannizzaro

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