NCHS Alumni golf tourney held last Friday

Jensen Jennings/Lusk Herald Asa Erlewine tees off on the hole-in-one challenge hole at the NCHS Alumni Golf Tournament on Friday, June 25.

LUSK – On Friday, June 25, the Niobrara County High School (NCHS) Alumni Golf Association held their sixth annual golf tournament at the Lusk Municipal Golf Course.

There were 36 golf teams in attendance on Friday to battle it out in the wind, rain and cooler temperatures at the NCHS Alumni Golf Tournament.

The tournament began as a way to raise scholarship money for students who attend NCHS and to help raise awareness of the fund.

“The tournament started to spread the word that there is scholarship money available,” said Kayle Barner, NCHS Alumni Golf Board Member. “Our tournament donates scholarship money back towards the alumni foundation and we’ve also gotten big enough to do our own scholarships as well. This year, we have a memorial scholarship for a teacher that passed away.”

When they started the tournament six years ago, it was geared towards being a memorial for former classmates who had passed away and to bring people back to the Niobrara community.

The tournament started out with 18 teams, but Barner said it was increased to 36 teams in the second or third year of the tournament.

Golfers compete for various prizes on each hole and are also able to bid on various items in a silent auction held after the action on the course.

“There is a prize on every hole,” Barner said. “We have the hole prizes, silent auction items and sponsors who helped provide us with a live leaderboard for the first time this year.”

The live leaderboard was a great addition for the tournament as it helps keep golfers up-to-date with what is going on out on the golf course. There is also a monetary prize for the overall first place team.

The 36 teams are split up into two separate waves of 18 teams. The first wave of 18 teams went out at 8:30 a.m. and the second group of 18 teams went out at 1:30 p.m.

Barner also wanted to thank the Niobrara community for all the support they bring to the event and for showing up every year to make the event such a success.

“The community provides tremendous support for this tournament,” Barner said. “We couldn’t do this without them, honestly. This tournament is just that great for the community and even with COVID last year, when we weren’t sure what was going to happen, we had tremendous donations.”