The optimistically named "First Annual" Legends/Club D'est Golf Shootout, held at Park Hills on Sunday, may have proven to be just that. With a nice turnout, well-organized events and a good time being had by all in attendance, the 4-man scramble seems like it has a chance to become one of the summer's yearly golfing highlights in Pratt.
Tournament organizers Cody Eastes and Shane McGreevey of Legends restaurant were pleased with the way things went. "We had 32 teams , with quite a few out- of -towners," McGreevey mentioned. "We had people in from Alva, Hutchinson, Kingman."
"Everything went smoothly," Eastes agreed. "We had great help out here." In order to prepare and serve the after-play prime rib meal to 128 golfers, the Park Hills staff was augmented by workers from Legends and Uptown Café/Club D'est.
In addition to the golfing and dining experience, there was merchandise and apparel included in the entry fee. Golfers also had a chance to putt for $5000 cash. To win the money, one had to make a 10 foot putt, a 30 foot putt and a 50 footer. Only one golfer got as far as making the 30 footer, and he missed his 50 footer, so the big money prize was not claimed.
Another nice touch was the inclusion of Ft. Hays State cheerleaders manning the free beverage carts out on the course. According to Eastes, a former Legends employee is now at Ft. Hays and made the arrangements for the Tiger cheerleaders to lend a hand.
A local team claimed the overall tournament championship. Captained by Brian Meyers, the winning foursome also included Brandon Forssberg, Andy Kisner and John Mathes. They posted a 58 to best the field.
Also placing in the championship flight was a team from Alva captained by Sam Long and another local team headed by Nathan Leeper. Joining Leeper were Ryan Clark, Gabe McCullen and Logan McAllister.
There was a local flavor in the 1st flight winners circle as well. Bryan Kirby, Seth Adelhart, Scott Adelhart and Eric Thimesch won 1st flight while a team of Danny Lynch, Kyle Maechtlen, Chris Westerhaus and Tyson Eisenhauer took second.
In second flight, Tyler Snelling, Kyle Snelling, Ryan Rojas and Keegan Leslie were runners-up while Janie Bishop, Dave Bishop, Brent Hoover and Missy Sack cashed in for 3rd.
There were 18 hole prizes awarded, one on each hole. Winners of local interest included Trevor Rolfs, former PCC head men's basketball coach now at Barton County, making the longest putt on #13.
Even as the clean-up was still proceeding following the highly successful event, tournament organizers Eastes and McGreevey were overheard making plans for next year's event, and trying to think of ways they might be able to top themselves. From all indications, they would have to go some to improve upon the "First Annual" Legends/D'est Golf Shootout.