CHADRON - Players accustomed to being in the winner’s circle at the Chadron State College Don Beebe Golf Classic won top honors again last weekend during the 16th annual tournament that benefits the college’s athletic program.
Tom Simons, his sons Brett and Scott, and Rob Stack formed the winning foursome in the championship flight. They said they played “steady golf and stayed out of trouble” while posting rounds of 59 and 58 for a 117 total. That was three strokes better than the second place team, which featured Jim Brownfield of Cozad, his son Mike of Sioux Falls, S.D., Trevor Moon of Buffalo, Wyo., and Ben Royal of York.
The winning team had one eagle, 26 birdies and nine pars during the 36-hole tourney. The eagle happened when Brett Simons knocked in a 30-foot putt on Hole No. 7 on Sunday. Tom Simons said the shot came after a pair of pars and “got us started” during the second round.
This was the fourth time in the 16 years at the tourney has been played that Tom Simons has been a member of the winning team. It was also the fourth time Brett and Scott have been on the tourney’s top team, but the first time their dad had been a teammate. This is the third time Stack had been a member of the championship quartet. He and the Simons brothers have been partners each time.
Third place in the championship flight went to Chris Stein and Shawn Eisenreich, both of Chadron, and Kent Levi and Shane Shepherd, both of Gillette. They had rounds of 61 and 64 for a 125 total.
The first flight was won by Jon Daniels of Chadron, Jess Clarke and Mike Sautter, both of Alliance, and Jeff Japp of Sterling, Colo., with a 126 score. That was one stroke better than Dan and Jens Johnson of Chadron, Ed McNulty of Mitchell and Judd Norman of Billings, Mont., carded.
Winning the second flight were Mitch Barry and Tye Pourier, both of Chadron, Brad Biehl of Hastings and Cory Wahlstrom of Lincoln, with a 133 total. That was the same as Rob Harvey and Charlie Littrel, both of Chadron, and Harvey’s sons, Justin, who lives in Florida, and Jared, who lives in Colorado, shot. A scorecard playoff broke the tie.
The tourney was played under nearly ideal weather conditions as western Nebraska’s persistent winds, which had howled earlier in the week, were calm and the temperatures pleasant. The participants hailed from a dozen states. A number of them have played in all 16 tournaments.
The tourney is the basis for numerous family reunions and the rekindling of friendships.
Approximately 40 of the participants are former CSC athletes. Many of them received a scholarship while they were Eagles and return to help raise funds for scholarships that will go to a new crop of CSC athletes.
Among those playing in the tourney for the first time were twins Larry and Mike Riley, who came from Indiana to play basketball and baseball at CSC in the mid-1960s. Larry is now the general manager of the Golden State Warriors and Mike, who lives in Rapid City, is an advance scout for the NBA team. They said they hope to make the tournament an annual destination.
Prior to the tournament, an auction that included an assortment of sports memorabilia, opportunities to attend various athletic events, golf outings on special courses and overnight lodging in luxury resorts took place Friday night at the Chadron Arts Center.
The top selling item was a Super Bowl jersey worn by New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees. It sold for $2,100. Peyton Manning’s Indianapolis Colts jersey brought $1,500 and a CSC football helmet autographed by athletic director Brad Smith and head coach Bill O’Boyle sold for $1,700.
A University of Nebraska helmet signed by athletic director Tom Osborne and Bo Pelini sold for $1,300.
Smith said the tourney and auction are invaluable to the CSC athletic program, and continually thanked the numerous sponsors, helpers, Ridgeview Country Club personnel and participants for their assistance.
The tournament results
1, Tom and Rob Stack, Chadron, Brett Simons, Hill City, S.D., and Scott Simons, Fort Collins, Colo., 59-58, 117; 2, Jim Brownfield, Cozad, Mike Brownfield, Sioux Falls, S.D., Trevor Moon, Buffalo, Wyo., and Ben Royal, York, 61-69, 120; 3, Chris Stein and Shawn Eisenreich, Chadron, and Kent Levi and Shane Shepherd, Gillette, Wyo., 61-64, 125; 4-6, Dale and Jake Williamson, Chadron, Rob James, Rapid City, and Lee Rubottom, Gering, 63-63, 126; Tom Park and Walt Scholl, Chadron, and Brad Fox and Eric Park, Billings, Mont., 62-64, 129; and Eric Freeburg and George Kildow, Scottsbluff, and Kyle Judy and Jeff Wengler, Gering, 60-66, 126; 7-9, Marty, Terri and Tim Connealy, Chadron, and Dan Connealy, Omaha, 63-66, 129; and Brady Ray, Blair, Tim Turman, Wahoo, and Rick Watson and Todd Ziettlow, North Bend, 61-68, 129; 9, Larry Riley, Oakland, Calif., Mike Riley, Rapid City, Ryan Riley, Dallas, and Brent Timm, Denver, 63-68, 131.
1, Jon Daniels, Chadron, Jess Clarke and Mike Sautter, Alliance, and Jeff Japp, Sterling, Colo., 64-62, 126; 2, Dan and Jens Johnson, Chadron, Ed McNulty, Mitchell, and Judd Norman, Billings, Mont., 64-63, 127; 3, George Watson, Chadron, Ben Watson, Rapid City, Matt Watson, Lincoln, and Jesse Wood, San Francisco, 64-64, 128; 4, Michele Rickenbach and Michael Kruse, Chadron, John Mathes, Pratt, Kan., and Creighton Miller, North Platte, 63-65, 128; 5, Bill Pile, Gurley,Tom Pile, Sidney, Ron Boyer, Mullen, and Gary Steger, North Platte, 63-66. 129; 6-7, Lee Baumann, Clayton, Mo., Chris Baumann and Jeff Weiting, Denver, and Scott Weiting, York, 66-64, 130; and Ross Knight, Brady Mitchell and Dave Rizzi, Alliance, and Brandon Sandoz, Gering, 65-65, 130; 8, Mike Brown, Dale Ginkens and Leonard and Michael Phillips, Mullen, 66-65, 131; 9-10, Cody Beguin, Omaha, Kirk Beguin, Rushville, Tony Case, Aberdeen, S.D.; and Scott Kuester, Lincoln, 64-69, 133; and Dennis King and Marv Bussinger, Gordon, Rod Borders, Gering, and Chuck Niemeyer, Ashland, 65-68, 133; 11, Rob Bila, Steve Behrends and Ryan McDonough, Chadron, Rick Kolkman, North Platte, 66-68, 134.
1, Mitch Barry and Tye Pourier, Chadron, Brad Biehl, Hastings, and Cory Wahlstrom, Lincoln, 67-66, 133; 2, Rob Harvey and Charlie Littrel, Chadron, Justin Harvey, Destin, Fla., and Jared Harvey, Meeker, Colo., 67-66, 133; 3, Bill O’Boyle and Jon Westermeier, Chadron, Jerry Dahlgren, Hay Springs, and Gayle Brownfield, Cozad, 68-66, 134; 4, Clint Lecher, Scott Gooder, C.J. Bach and Cody Roes, Chadron, 67-67; 134; 5-8, Brad Smith, Chadron, Ben Smith, Tucson, Ariz., Tim DeHart, Colorado Springs, and Johnny Smith, Charleton, Ill., 67-69, 136; Craig Clarke, Hot Springs, and Jerry Evans, John Tausan and Bob Zahm, Chadron; 69-67, 136; Clyde Franklin, Jim and Jeremy Gardner and Vince Ryan, Chadron, 67-69; and Reid and Rog Rogers, Richfield, Wis., Gary Benson, Wichita, Kan., and Darin Larson, Gering, 67-69, 136; 9, Shelly Anderson, Joni Behrends, Jodi Hendrickson and Tracy Shuck, Chadron, 69-68, 137; 10, Jason Carnahan, Black Hawk, S.D., Bart Peters, Lincoln, Jeremy Shedeed, Brighton, Colo., and Jeff Turman, Yankton, S.D., 67-72, 139; 11, Rick Koza, Chadron, and Gary Bowen, Ed Hoffman and Dan Worth, Lincoln, 69-71, 140, 12, Dick and Marlene Myers and Kristi and Garrett Johnson, Chadron, and Rick Myers, Dallas, 75-67, 142.
1, Beau Miskimins, John Ritzen, Micah Smith and Tanner Trechall, Chadron, 70-69, 139; 2, Dan Garrett, Jerry and Sheldon McCance and Bruce Schoepner, Chadron, 70-70, 140; 3, Jerry, Joe and Jake McLain and Mike Lecher, Chadron, 70-70, 140; 4, Randy and Aaron Bauer, Chadron, and Josh Bauer, Douglas, Wyo., and John Skavdahl, Harrison, 70-71, 141; 5-6, Ty Cohoon, Hutchinson, Kan., Eric Glenn, Summerset, S.D., John Reiners, Spearfish, and Joe Planansky, Windsor, Colo., 71-71, 142; and Harold Krueger, Ron Meints and Phil Jensen, Chadron, and Matt Reed, Gordon, 70-72, 142; 7, Todd Auer and Pat Colgate, Chadron, Jim Switzer, Windsor, Colo., and Ted White, Hemingford, 72-71, 143; 8, Don Dotson, Cy Hartman, John Grantham and Scott Roberts, 72-72, 144; 9, Clark and DeWayne Gardener, and Virgil and Dan Anderson, 73-74, 147; 10, Craig Jersild, Chadron, Kent Gerih, McCook, Chad Johnson, Mitchell, and Curt Moffat, Lincoln, 79-73, 152.