Benefit Saturday in Republic will honor one of the good guys

Republic resident Andy Rossland was one of the good guys. Anytime someone in his community needed help, Andy was there, doing what he could to help.

Rossland fought a valiant battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis — better known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease — but passed away in June 2014 at the age of 55.

He is well remembered, so much so that Saturday, his family and friends are putting on the fifth annual Andy Rossland Memorial Tennis Ball Golf Tournament.

“It’s all about doing this for our community and Andy’s memory,” said Chelsea Anderson, one of the event’s organizers, said in a story in Thursday’s Mining Journal. “I just miss that guy … I don’t know what else to say. I wish he could be here to laugh at our awful golf skills, coach us on setting up/taking down the tent. He really would love tournament day. If you knew the guy he was and the fun spirit he had, you would know he would’ve been telling people to just put some money in the donation can and have fun.”

Fun is what Saturday’s tournament, which goes from noon to 5:30 p.m., is all about. Anderson said. The tourney is on Perch Lake out in Republic, with a nine-hole course carved into the ice. Registration is $20 per person with men’s and women’s cash prizes of $75, $50 and $25 to the top three finishers.

Proceeds go to the Republic Sportsmen’s Club’s derby fund, the Veterans Memorial project in Republic being coordinated by Sterling Schultz and a Republic resident who’s battling illness.

There will be other items to help with boosting the fund total, including raffle tickets, koozies and T-shirts which will be for sale. And an after party is planned for Saturday night at the Pine Grove in Republic, with music from Derrell Syria.

ALS is a horrible disease, advancing quickly and having devastating consequences for the person diagnosed and all who love her or him.

Andy’s widow, Lisa, and other family members are part of the crew who put the tourney together, Anderson said.

“We do this for him. So many people helped when they (the Rossland Family) needed it and we are simply doing this because he keeps telling us to … he would’ve done this for any of us.”

To find out more, find Andy Rossland Memorial Tennis Ball Golf Tournament on Facebook.

We hope the weather’s cold but sunny Saturday for optimum tennis ball golf conditions. And we know hearts will be warm and memories sweet as participants take to the ice in memory of Andy Rossland, one of the good guys.