Tribute to Mitchell golfer Anderson located at Lakeview’s first tee
From now on, Steve Anderson will forever have the first word on every round at Lakeview Golf Course. Anderson wished friends and strangers alike luck before their games at the course. It's where Anderson had worked for the last eight years, helpi...
From now on, Steve Anderson will forever have the first word on every round at Lakeview Golf Course.
Anderson wished friends and strangers alike luck before their games at the course. It’s where Anderson had worked for the last eight years, helping cut grass and prepare the grounds.
It’s also where he died last year at age 70. He died Oct. 3, collapsing shortly after completing his nine-hole round at Lakeview. His friends tried to revive him but Anderson died at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital.
On Sunday, a couple dozen friends and family members gathered at the first tee at Lakeview, as Lakeview Golf Course staff unveiled a plaque that reads “Have a Great Round!,” dedicated in memory of Steven W. Anderson.
The plaque is located on the signage for the opening hole at Lakeview, a 397-yard straightaway par-4. Lakeview Cemetery and Golf Director Kevin Thurman was Anderson’s boss at the golf course and was part of his foursome on the day he died.
“He was such a good person because of how much he cared about others,” Thurman said. “He was just easy to get along with and that’s why so many people just loved him. He took pride in working out here, and being out here.”
Anderson’s wife, Pat, was among the family members moved by the gesture on Sunday. She remarked about how good the photo of Anderson looked on the plaque.
“He’s right there,” she said. “They did a great job with it.”
Pat said she remembered that her husband remarked about how nice of a day it was, shouting to her that it was 82 degrees. She said she told him to go have a good time.
“My only regret was that I didn’t give him a kiss on the way out the door, because I had no idea …,” she said, fighting back tears.
The Andersons moved to Mitchell in 1995, and Steve worked at Trail King for 15 years before retiring in 2009. He was also recalled as a jokester.
“He was probably just as good at slinging jokes at the Moose Lodge afterwards,” said Thurman, when asked to give a review of Anderson’s golf game.
Lakeview Manager Eric Hieb joked that Anderson would come to the pro shop and ask for “30 rocks” to hit on the driving range, using that slang specifically rather than specifying that he wanted golf balls.
“I never got a chance to actually put 30 rocks in there,” he said.
Thurman said the long-term plan is to add landscaping around the plaque to beautify the area. There are other areas of the course that have memorial tributes, and Thurman said they are fitting when it involves people who have given a lot of time to Lakeview over the years.
“It matters to him that everyone who played here had a good time and a good experience,” Thurman said.
Anderson’s family members remembered him as someone who gave the best hugs, and who had a giving attitude.
“People knew him and people liked him,” Pat Anderson said.
Thurman said Anderson had previously joked that if he had to “choose a place to go,” it would be Hole No. 18 at Lakeview. Anderson died after completing Hole No. 9 on Oct. 3.
“We made it halfway there on that day,” Thurman said.
Fittingly, the new plaque at Lakeview is located between the No. 9 and No. 18 holes.