40 Years on the course
Hyland Greens is a nine-hole, par-3 course, but 40 was the number that could not be beat for the Bloomington Go Getters (BGG) women’s golf league and Assistant Maintenance Superintendent Scott Pruszinske. Two dozen golf league devotees met Pruszinske to celebrate four decades at Hyland Greens, 10100 Normandale Boulevard, in late August.
Over cake, handshakes and hugs, the BGG congratulated Pruszinske and themselves. The league, aptly named for its summer-long, early morning 7:08 a.m. tee time, paid tribute to the game and people its members enjoy.
Pruszinske, a resident fixture at Hyland Greens, is like family to the ladies, and the clubhouse is like home.
“The staff is phenomenal. They’re all so accommodating and friendly,” BGG Coordinator Helen Dysthe said.
For 40 years, Pruszinske has been a familiar face for the BGG at Hyland Greens. He and his staff of five maintain the 58-acre golf course. His City tenure started at Dwan Golf Club in 1972. Now, with characteristic humility, he says he’d like to do it all over again.
“It doesn’t seem like 40 years to me. Every year is just good,” Pruszinske says. Despite a 5:30 a.m. starting time as throughout golf season, he loves his job. He spends the off-season at Dwan repairing and refurbishing equipment. Most of all, Pruszinske takes pride in his work at Hyland Greens.
Get in the game
The BGG are giddy about golf even after 40 years. Of the original 36 members, four founders, all longtime Bloomington residents, remain: Dysthe, Bev Bosak, Vonnie Thraen and Shirley Johnson. With current membership at 24, there’s opportunity for more players to get into the game and all are welcome. For league information, call 952-563-8868 or visit blm.mn/hgreens.