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The Vern Fryklund Northwest Invitational

Minnesota's Premier Match Play Golf Tournament

Mesaba Country Club cordially invites you to participate in the
2023 Northwest Invitational Golf Tournament
The Northwest was established in 1928, making it one of the oldest reigning match play golf tournaments in Minnesota.   The Northwest has a rich history of golf tradition and past champions.

Our past tournament champions have comprised some of the finest players in the State of Minnesota and golfers from various regions of the United States, including former Tour Professionals & numerous State Champions.

Come see and hang out with NBA Legend and Hall of Famer Kevin McHale, who says that "the Northwest is his favorite Minnesota golf tournament of the year".   The event also comprises golfers from all ability levels so everyone will be competitive in their respective flights.  The field is limited to the first 200 paid golfers so be sure to get your applications in early to guarantee you will get in.

In 2005 the Northwest Invitational lost it's longtime Tournament director Vern Fryklund with his passing the previous winter. Vern served with dedication and devotion for over thirty plus years.

Vern forged many close friendships over the years and he always looked forward to each Northwest as a chance to meet his long time friends.

In 2005 the Northwest Invitational was officially  renamed to the "Vern Fryklund Northwest Invitational" as a lasting memorial and tribute to our beloved director.
2023 Northwest

The  96th Annual Vern Fryklund Northwest Invitational Golf Tournament promises to provide another year of excellent competition for amateur golfers at one of Northern Minnesota's best golf courses.

The 2023 Northwest golf tournament will be held Friday, September 1st  through Monday, Sept. 4th. 

The event starts out with a Thursday practice round followed by a qualifying round scheduled for Friday, Sept. 1st,  followed by three days of match play competition.  The field is cut in half after Sundays round. 

Be sure to sign up early, the event was full again in 2022 with a waiting list.


Senior Champion
Joe Bollant
2022 Champion
Ryan  Riihinen
Super Senior Champion
Rick Stark

Senior Medalist
Paul Granning
Dave Carothers
Super Senior Medalist
Rick Stark

Buffalo Open
One Club Champs
Justin Ogg & Kasen Anderson
RV & Camping Available for Tournament Week.
 Tournament Committee
Don Foster  -  Jeff Shapiro  - Derek Gabardi - Kelly Manner
Gary Yeager - Tournament Director
The Northwest - Minnesota's Premier Amateur Golf Tournament