The Heinie & Dan Ridler Charity Golf Tournament is a 5-person scramble held the second Monday of each July at Eagle Creek Golf Course in Willmar. Proceeds from the tournament benefit Rice Hospice.
Heinie and Dan Ridler of Willmar, were both avid golfers and involved in the community and with the Eagle Creek Golf Club for many years. Heinie worked for the golf club as a bookkeeper and Dan was a self employed Accountant for 50 years, retiring in December 2012. Heinie passed away from cancer in December 1994.
The family used Rice Hospice services to help cope with her illness and prepare for her death. The following spring some of her golfing friends began this charity golf tournament in her memory to benefit Rice Hospice. Dan and their children supported and played in this golf tournament for the past several years. He passed away from cancer in July 2014 and also used Rice Hospice services.
This charity golf tournament wouldn’t have become the success that it is without the support from local businesses and individuals. Because of their generous contributions the lives of many have been affected by Hospice.