Brothers Tim and Dan Connealy joined with the father and son combination of Rick and Collin Petri of Kearney to win the championship flight of the 17th annual Chadron State College Don Beebe Golf Classic at Ridgeview Country Club over the weekend.
The Connealys and Petris shot a 59 on Saturday and a 63 on Sunday for a 122 total, three strokes better than runners-up Tom Simons and Rob Stack of Chadron and Simons’ sons, Brett of Hill City, S.D., and Scott of Fort Collins. The Simons trio and Stack were the defending champions and at least one member of the quartet has been on the winning team six of the past 11 years.
Tim Connealy is the CSC women’s basketball coach while Dan is a medical doctor who will soon be moving from Omaha to Houston for a three-year internship in pre-natal care.
Rick Petri is the father of CSC women’s basketball standout Kaitlin Petri, and Collin is her younger brother.
Third place in the championship flight was won by Dan and Jens Johnson of Chadron and their partners, Judd and Jesse Norman of Billings, Mont., with a 126.
The first flight was won by twins Larry and Mike Riley, CSC graduates who are on the management team for the Golden State Warriors, their friend Brent Timm of Denver and Pat Colgate of Chadron with a 133 total.
Because of rain, the tourney was delayed about three hours Sunday morning and those grouped in the second and third flights played just nine holes. That score was added to the 18-hole score from Saturday to get the total.
Five teams that had made the top two flights following Saturday’s play and for travel purposes had switched schedules with other teams on Sunday could not be considered for the final placings in their flights because they played just 27 holes instead of 36.
The winners of the second flight were Jamie and Cody Roes of Chadron, Tim Collins of Spearfish, a former graduate assistant coach at Chadron State and now an assistant coach at Black Hills State, and Bob Bargen of Milford, father of CSC men’s basketball coach Brent Bargen. They shot a 102, the same as another foursome, but won the scorecard playoff.
The second group was made up of Chadron native Jason Carnahan, now of Black Hawk, S.D., Hay Springs natives Jeff Turman of Yankton, S.D., and Bart Peters of Lincoln, and former CSC linebacker Ross Morris of Idalia, Colo.
Another scorecard playoff was needed to determine the winners of the third flight. First place went to the Connealy brothers’ parents, Marty and Terri Connealy, and the couple’s daughter, Mary, and her husband, Erich Landen, all of Chadron, with a 106.
That was the same score as Bill O’Boyle and Jon Westemeier of Chadron, Jerry Dahlgren of Hay Springs and Gayle Brownfield of Cozad had after 27 holes.
Despite the damp conditions Sunday morning, CSC athletic director Brad Smith called the tournament another huge success. He attributed it to the great support it receives from area businesses and residents, the Ridgeview Country Club staff, CSC Foundation personnel and numerous alumni who return to play in it each year.
Smith said the tourney is invaluable to the Eagles’ athletic program.
“All of our staff appreciates how much help we get with the tournament from local people and are amazed by the number of former area residents and CSC athletes who come back to play in it year-after-year,” Smith said.
—CSC Sports Information