Golf outing to honor Rothenbuehler

August 27, 2014

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PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — A memorial golf outing for Gary Rothenbeuhler will raise money for scholarships for University of Wisconsin-Platteville students. The event will take place on Thursday, Sept. 18 at the Pleasantview Golf Course in Middleton, Wis.

This will be the second golf outing in Gary’s memory. Gary always had a passion for higher education and an overall commitment to excellence.

Gary served four years in the U.S. Navy from 1967-71. Subsequently, he worked at both Sioux Falls' Sioux Valley Hospital and Madison's St. Mary's Hospital dealing with plant maintenance. In his later years, Gary highly enjoyed his job as construction administrator for Henneman Engineering.

After Gary’s death in May 2013, his wife Liz began receiving suggestions from his friends about ways to remember Gary and all of his accomplishments.

“We always had the idea of doing some sort of memorial for him and the guys said that something with golf would be the best,” said Liz. “Gary always wanted to fund education and that’s when we had the idea that we should be raising money for scholarships.”

Although Gary did not attend UW-Platteville, Liz said that the university has all the characteristics that Gary would have been proud to donate to. Construction management was something that Gary was interested in and that played a key factor in deciding what university these scholarships would benefit. UW-Platteville offers courses in building construction management, 2D drafting, building materials, estimating, scheduling, 3D modeling of buildings, administration of construction and commercial building management.

All proceeds from the golf tournament will fund one or more scholarships at UW-Platteville and will directly benefit mechanical engineering students as those students’ majors and emphases correlate with the objectives of construction management, such as manufacturing, development, design, research, sales, field engineering and management.

“Last year we raised $6,000,” said Liz. “We don’t have a numerical value goal. Whatever we make is what we will spend for scholarships.”

The profit from the previous golf outing was enough to support three scholarships that were then granted to three students who are actively involved on and off campus, display an exemplary work ethic and maintain impressive grade point averages.

“We make sure that these funds go to students who are specifically in financial need," said Liz. “We give these scholarships to students who are going to be seniors at the university. They have proven that they are the ones who put in the work. They deserve it the most.”

The fee for each entry at the golfing outing is $75. This cost includes green fees, as well as a cart and picnic food. The event will begin at 1 p.m. via shotgun-start.

Those who wish to sponsor the event can do so by sponsoring a hole upon registration. 

For more information about this event contact Liz at liz_rothernbuehler@yahoo.com

Written by: Shelby Le Duc, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194, leducs@uwplatt.edu

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