Three years ago started the Alumni Golf Tournament, held in memory of 1994 Niobrara County High School graduate, Jeremy Wasson. “The class of 1994 discussed doing a golf tournament in memory of our classmate, Jeremy Wasson. There was talk between members of the class of 2000 completing a golf tournament during Alumni weekend as a means of getting more alumni events which would get more alumni involved with reunion weekend and bring more money to the community” states Katy (Gibson) Skibicki, NCHS class of 1994 and Alumni Golf Tournament Board Member. As a whole, the board is comprised of Ryan Rapp, Jason Wasserburger, Tandy (Rising) Dockery, Kade (Sharp) Walters, Stephanie (Cumming) Vetter, and Skibicki.
Originally, per Skibicki, the tournament was set up to accommodate eighteen golfers with proceeds benefiting the Niobrara Alumni Association. However, since its beginning, the tournament has grown and this year the Alumni Golf Tournament boasted nine new teams, totaling thirty-six. “There were two flights of eighteen teams [that went] at 8:00am and 1:30pm” explains Skibicki. In addition, the tournament held several contests throughout the course, including a hole-in-one prize on Hole 5 and “On Hole 8, the contest was closest to the bowling pin whereas years before it was closest to the pin in two”. For an additional $50.00 fee, the men could also use the women’s t-off on Hole 4.
The Alumni Golf Tournament Board was pleased to announce that $7000.00 was donated to the Niobrara Alumni Association for the scholarship fund and $1000.00 went to the Niobrara County High School Activity Fund. With the success that the tournament had this year with the thirty-six teams and the tournament set up, Skibicki says the tournament will hold the same format next year. “The committee members would like to thank all the golfers and sponsors. Without them, we would not be able to have a successful event and meet our goals for donating to support former and current NCHS students”.
Winners for the 2018 Alumni Golf Tournament included:
NCHS 3RD ANNUAL ALUMNI GOLF TOURNAMENT
1st Place: Paul Zowada, Brad Meyer and Kaare Sigvartsen
2nd Place: Travis St. John, Kasey Rising and Toby Hytrek
3rd Place: Rod Nelson, Ryan Nelson and Dustin Nelson
HOLE PRIZE WINNERS
Hole 1 Closest to the Line: Deb Murray
Hole 2 Longest Drive Men: Jason Herder
Hole 2 Longest Drive Women: Deb Murray
Hole 3 Closest to the Pin: Paul Zowada
Hole 4 Eagle Shoot Out Morning Flight: Rich Murray, Deb Murray and Bob Doctor
Hole 4 Eagle Shoot Out Afternoon Flight: Stuart Skibicki, Morgan Haupt and Travis Richards
Hole 5 Closest to the Pin: Paul Zowada
Hole 6 Longest Putt: Dan Vetter
Hole 7 Closest in Two: Morgan Haupt
Hole 8 Closest to the Bowling Pin: Kade Walters
Hole 9 Longest Drive: Bret Fanning
We had over 20 door prizes, but the most sought after prize was the $1000 Golf Package to Cordillera that Tim Kugler of Casper won!
Other door prize winners were Justin Collins, Lisa Shaw, Brian Clark, Denton Shaw, Brett Dockery, Ty Davis, Stephanie Cummings, Stuart Skibicki, Travis St. John, Neal Wurdeman, Kenny DeGering, Dusty Cushman, Lexie Dockery, and Katy Skibicki.