Brian Eekhoff Golf Facility Dedication Date Set

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Brian Eekhoff Golf Facility Dedication Date Set

(Thursday, April 14; Sioux Center, Iowa) The Brian Eekhoff Golf Facility will be dedicated on Friday, April 22, as Dordt University recognizes the contributions of many to make the specialized facility a reality. The day will include an open house, comments from Dordt University administration and the Eekhoff family.  The open house will begin at 3:00 with the dedication program starting at 4:00.

The space, named in memory of 2008 Dordt graduate Brian Eekhoff, serves as an offseason, indoor practice site for the Dordt women’s and men’s golf teams.  While primarily a practice facility, the space provides for an area where golfers can meet, study and socialize during the fall and winter months when outdoor play isn’t possible.

“My vision for this facility is for it to be our home base when we are unable to be outside. It’s a place where we can improve our game and strengthen relationships and team bonds,” said Dordt coach Jon Crane.

Eekhoff was a four-year competitor in both golf and basketball during his time at Dordt and worked as a caddy at the Yellowstone Club in Big Sky, Montana during his college career. Eekhoff’s life was taken in a car accident on August 27, 2018.

“Brian had an earnest heart and that was evident in all he did,” said Mark Eekhoff, Brian’s brother. “He was passionate about sports and saw success in many disciplines. He loved to serve, and he was always quick to lend a hand. He volunteered his time with junior high youth, coached, and pioneered a number of youth golf programs. As a golf professional, Brian worked to make golf accessible to everyone, and was happy to golf with anyone, from 36-handicap to scratch. He loved and was loved.”

After graduating from Dordt, Brian worked at the Villa De Paz Golf Couse in Phoenix, Arizona as an assistant professional.  He also worked at Cool Clubs in Scottsdale, Arizona as a club fitter and technician. He returned to Montana where Eekhoff was the assistant pro and eventually the head golf professional at Cottonwood Hills in Bozeman. The job at Cottonwood Hills brought his career full circle as he had begun his career in golf at the course as a pro shop attendant during his high school career.

“He could relate to almost everyone he met," said Dordt director of athletic communications Mike Byker. "It was no surprise to hear of the success he was having in the golf industry as he had a natural gift in his ability to work with others well and make them feel good about themselves."

Eekhoff was an accomplished competitor, winning the 2015 Yellowstone Chapter PGA Championship as well as the 2016 Rocky Mountain Section PGA Pro-Pro. He placed 10th at the 2017 Rocky Mountain Section PGA Championship. He started his competitive career at Manhattan Christian High School where he was part of a 2003 state title winning team and he was part of the lowest four-player score in school history in 2002.

“Brian was a gentle giant at Dordt,” said Byker.  “He was hard to miss, and his personality matched his stature.  He grew in confidence in the four years he was here and built relationships with peers along with faculty and staff. While his life seems to have been cut short, he touched many lives, and it is obvious he used golf as a way to show Christ’s love to others.”