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August 8, 2013

A most memorable round of men's golf

Thirty years ago Conn fired a course record tying round at Dykeman Park.

Don Conn was having one of those rounds of golf where he made sure to count every stroke — even though it was in match play at the Cass County men’s championship.

It was 1983 and Conn, who was 50 at the time, fired an 8-under 62 to tie the course record at Dykeman Park.

Now 80, Conn still remembers the round vividly that occurred 30 years ago.

“I made a bogey on the fourth hole but made nine birdies after that,” he said.

It is believed that three other golfers have shot 62 at Dykeman, but Conn is the last to do so.

During his record-tying round, Conn defeated Mark Muehlhausen at the county championship.

“He was making everything. I didn’t give him any,” Muehlhausen said. “I think I played from 7 to 18 2- or 3-under par myself. If we would have started the round then I still would have gotten beat.”

Muehlhausen said he had to talk Conn into finishing his round as their match-play match was over early.

“He had the match won at 12. He was going to quit and I said ‘You got to play on, Don, you’ve got a chance at the course record.’ He didn’t kind of want to and I said, ‘You’d be crazy not to. Plus, if you get the course record, it won’t look so bad me getting beat by you.’ And he kept making them. He made a six-foot birdie putt on 18 to shoot a 62.”

Conn picked up the game of golf when he was 26 and has enjoyed a career that has included five hole-in-ones to go with his course record at Dykeman. He still can shoot in the high 80s and low 90s on a consistent basis despite having Parkinson’s disease.

He was a standout athlete at Logansport High School. The 1951 grad was an MVP in football and baseball for the Berries.

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