Golf Outing Honors Late Local Official, Supports Illinois Charity

By Ross Forman – The local officiating community has renamed their second-annual summer-time fellowship golf outing, honoring a late official who was celebrated at the inaugural event last summer.

The Mark Gore Memorial Golf Outing will be held Friday, July 23, at the Bloomingdale Golf Club, with a scramble format 8 a.m. shotgun start.

Gore – a popular, ever-giving former local referee and coach, who officiated an Illinois High School Hockey state championship game in 2010 – passed away Jan. 29, after a lengthy battle against cancer. He was 59.

“There is no better way to honor a fellow brother than to host a fellowship golf outing in his name and honor,” said Jack Raslawski, one of the organizers for the golf outing.

“Last summer while we were quarantined and all the rinks were closed, we wanted an avenue to enjoy the post-game fellowship, so we decided to host a golf outing for the hockey community which included, coaches, administrators and referees.”

Gore was honored at the 2020 event.

“This outing was primarily put together to bring the hockey community together and enjoy each other’s company,” Raslawski said. “Mark was honored with an IHOA Service Award at the golf outing and at that time, Mark was placed in the hospice program.”

Brad Baumruck added: “The (golf) outing will keep the Mark Gore Award alive and honor officials who have the same passion to help the officiating community in every way they can.”

More than 60 golfers are expected.

Nick Gore (Mark’s son) and Rob Lowth won the 2020 event.

Michael Barrett’s group scored the highest total last year.  “We hope they don’t repeat and have to hold on to the Figure Skate (Award) one more year,” Raslawski said.

The Gore family is hosting a memorial for Mark on July 24.

Baumruck and Scott Silz, hosts of an officiating podcast on YouTube, will have regular updates on the golf outing over the next 6-plus weeks.

<strong>ROSS FORMAN</strong>

Ross Forman has written about Illinois high school hockey for more than 15 years and is the only sportswriter to have covered Illinois High School hockey every year during that stretch. He played locally and then at Indiana University before becoming a referee. Ross was a referee for the State Championship game several years ago at the United Center.

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