Golf Saskatchewan pays tribute to Past President

Don Kunkel passed away on Feb. 25 at the age of 73.

Golf Saskatchewan is paying tribute to a long-time sports volunteer and one of their former presidents.

Don Kunkel passed away peacefully at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre on Feb. 25.

Current Golf Saskatchewan President Larry Wagman said he will be missed.

“The golf community in Saskatchewan and particularly in Yorkton is saddened with the announcement of the passing of Don Kunkel. He was a strong voice for golf through his volunteer time with Golf Saskatchewan particularly leading the organization through the first year of COVID as president. He will be missed by his fellow board members, family and community. Rest In Peace.”

Golf Saskatchewan Executive Director Brian Lee has known Kunkel for years, he said Kunkel has always had a passion for golf, and people.

“Don Kunkel was a long time golf enthusiast and supporter of golf in Saskatchewan. Whether it was his competitive drive as a young player trying to make the provincial teams, winning the Saskatoon High School Championship, or competing for an elusive Waskesiu Lobstick title, Don loved the sport. Don brought his knowledge and experiences to our organization as a volunteer on the board of directors and eventually being elected the Association President in 2020. Don will be missed but his legacy and friendship to many will not be forgotten. Until we meet again, rest in peace.”   

Kunkel’s obituary can be seen here.

Kunkel’s longtime friend Dick Deryk in Yorkton has launched a GoFundMe page to raise money to plant some trees at Deer Park Municipal Golf Course in his memory.