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Burke golf course continues to rebuild

BURKE -- On the morning after the Aug. 6 Burke tornado, Burke Golf Course superintendent Ron Determan checked the damage of his house and then he was off to the golf course.

So were a host of community members and golfers.

“By noon of that day, there were people out there and they were chipping in and moving trees,” Determan said. “I just thought that was amazing the number of people that showed up to do that.”

The tornado uprooted more than 100 trees. In the aftermath of the tornado, volunteers spent countless hours clearing tree debris and prepping for new trees to be planted.

“Right after the storm happened -- the next two days -- there was a lot of people that came out to help,” Determan said. “... It was tremendous and in a couple of days most of that was out there.”

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They recently planted 20 more trees as the process to rebuild the course continues.

“It will be kind of long process,” Determan said. “But we will get them back in the ground, staked in and let them grow.”

It will be well worth it. Much like any small town, golf courses are well attended during the summer as leagues and tournaments are commonplace. It’s no different in Burke. They have men’s and women’s leagues, while they recently held a tournament with 35 golfers.

Burke also has a strong high school golf program. The Cougar girls team has won the last two Class B state golf titles.

“They spend some time out there in the summer and it’s a nice place to play and pretty well kept up,” Determan said. “It certainly helps to have a facility like that to play on.”

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