Dan Prochnow ’78 Inducted 2006
Dan Prochnow '78 starred for the Gustavus men's golf program in the mid-'70s, becoming the first player in the history of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) to win three conference individual titles. (The only other player in league history to accomplish this feat is current Gustavus golf coach Scott Moe '95.) A Hutchinson, Minn., native, Prochnow claimed his first individual title as a sophomore in 1976, and then followed that by claiming top honors in both 1977 and 1978. In 1977, he set the conference championship record for lowest individual score with a 36-hole total of 72-74—146. Prochnow helped lead the team to a second-place finish in 1976 and then back-to-back league titles in 1977 and 1978. In his senior year, he was the #1 player on a Gustavus team that qualified for the NAIA national tournament in Huntsville, Texas. The Gusties finished 16th out of 32 teams and became the first MIAC team to ever survive the 36-hole team cut at the NAIA tournament. It was also the highest team finish ever recorded by a MIAC team at the national tournament at the time.
After graduating in 1978 with a business, economics, and social science major, Prochnow went on to earn a law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1981. For the past 25 years he has operated his own private practice in Hutchinson, where he lives with his wife, Laura. They have three daughters, Angie (21), Kelsie (19), and Hannah (16).