Austad’s Golf heads into third generation

Ryan and Dave Austad (Joe Ahlquist/Argus Leader Media)
Ryan and Dave Austad (Joe Ahlquist/Argus Leader Media)

Oscar Austad was a horrendous golfer.

He had little, if any, interest or passion for the game, according to his son, Dave.

At 41, he had been fired from three of his five previous jobs.

“His career had gone nowhere,” Austad said. “Five kids were going to be six.”

But Oscar Austad had an empty trunk in the car he used while traveling as an insurance claims adjuster, and it would lead him into a business – Austad’s Golf – that today ranks among the nation’s largest family-owned golf chains.

“It’s kind of mind-boggling,” Austad said. “The one-store guys are essentially gone. The ones that are here are the ones who are innovating and making things work.”

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