CSC Golf Classic Drew Many Friends, Families

Photo Courtesy: Kaleb Center, CSC Sports Information

Blessed by excellent weather and a course that was in almost perfect condition, more than 140 players from at least 15 states participated in the 26th Chadron State College Golf Classic, also known as the Don Beebe Tournament, last weekend at Ridgeview Country Club.

Since the tourney could not take place last year because of the Coronavirus, spirits were sky high and long-time friendships were rapidly renewed as many four-person teams that had previously entered the classic were formed again.

It’s always special when Don Beebe, the Chadron State graduate and former CSC and NFL standout wide receiver, for whom the tourney is co-named, participates. He was accompanied by his brother, Dan, also an alum, a former CSC basketball player and the team’s head coach for nearly a decade, in making the 1,000-mile trip from western Illinois.

They brought along Don and Diana’s son, Chad, who is following in his father’s footsteps and will soon be entering his fourth season as a speedy, sticky-handed receiver for the Minnesota Vikings.

Also back and greeting scads of old friends was Brad Smith, now of Tucson, Ariz., the Eagles’ football coach whose teams dominated the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference much of the 1990s and early 2000s while he also was the CSC athletic director.  Smith’s foursome Saturday and Sunday included his and Pam’s oldest son Ben, a resident of Indiana and one of Chadron’s all-time outstanding high school athletes.

Both Brad and Ben plan to return often this fall, when the other Smith son, Micah, launches his first full season as the CSC offensive coordinator, and hopes to have the Eagles into high gear behind the veteran line directed by Head Coach Jay Long.

As usual, several families besides the Beebe and Smiths had reunions while playing in the tourney. The biggest of them all was the Dilsavers from Cheyenne, who formed two foursomes by themselves while playing in the tourney en masse for the first time. Steve Dilsaver and Linda Schemm met at CSC in the late 1980s, married and more than 30 years later brought three of their sons, Bob, Pat and Shane, and other family members to play in the tourney.

Steve and his sons joined forces to win the Second Flight.

A couple dozen or more other ex-Eagles returned for the tourney.  The prize for bringing together the most friends went to A.J. Huffman, a McCook native, former CSC track athlete and a graduate.  He used the tourney to coincide with his bachelor party as he prepares to marry Emily Rischling, an Alliance native who now lives in Chadron, on Sept. 11.  More than two dozen male friends joined the fun and posed for a group photo with the groom-to-be during the tourney.

And now, for the results compiled by CSC Foundation officials Karen Pope and Jake Rissler. and their helper, Jeanie Mohr:

Probably to no one’s surprise, the Simons trio, with the help of a new partner, won the tourney again.  It’s the sixth consecutive tournament and the ninth time overall that Tom Simons of Chadron and his and Sherry’s sons, Scott of Gillette and Bret of Rapid City, made up three-fourths of the Championship Flight’s winning team.

At least equally impressive, it’s the 14th time in the tourney’s 26-year history that at least one of the Simons has been a member of the winning team.

After Rob Stack was the fourth member of the winning team a total of nine times, he bowed out this year to participate in a family gathering.  Chadron barber Don Dotson was recruited to take Stack’s place.

Dotson said he was delighted to be asked by the Simons trio to fill the vacancy, although he soon realized he was on the hot seat.

“I knew that if we didn’t win, everybody would think it was my fault.” Dotson said.

The winning team shot 61s both days. Bret said that while he and his brother may have had most of the best tee and wedge shots, their dad and Dotson “made most of the putts.”

At the end of Saturday’s action three teams shared second place with scores of 63.  They included the quartet featuring Don and Chad Beebe, the one led by former Chadron High state champion and now CSC golf standout, Alpine Hickstein, and the foursome comprised of Dr. Dan Johnson, who has been a member of several winning CSC Classic teams over the years, and, more recently, he and his family members have nearly always challenged high placing.

While the most of the other teams’ scores were higher on Sunday, the Simons-Dotson team fired another 61. It included 11 birdies and seven pars.

The Hickstein team that included Chadron’s new police chief, Rick, his wife and Alpine’s mother, Misty, and Alpine’s boyfriend, Tyler Westlake, finished second with a 127 total.  The Beebes were two more strokes back at 129 and placed third.

The First Flight was won by Chadron residents Mitch Barry, Jason Sommerville and Tye Pourier, along with John Thayer of Yankton, S.D., with rounds of 69 and 67 for a 136 total.  The team made up of Rob Bila and Hunter Hageman of Chadron, John McGhehey of Alliance and former CSC baseball standout John Mathes of Pratt, Kan., was second at 137.

As noted previously, Steve Dilsaver and his sons from Cheyenne won the Second Flight with a 145 total, one stroke ahead of brothers Casey and Justin Downs, Brad Peters and bachelor party notable A.J. Huffman, all of Chadron.

Long-time tourney participants Bruce Scheopner and Bob Zahm, along with Roger Stevens, all steadfast CSC athletic enthusiasts who have helped the Eagles in many ways through the years, and Craig Clarke, another top-flight Chadron athlete in his younger days, shot a pair of 78s to win the Third Flight.

A complete listing of the results follows:   

Championship Flight--1, Tom Simons and Don Dotson, Chadron, Bret Simons, Rapid City, and Scott Simon, Gillette, 61-61, 122; 2, Rick, Misty and Alpine Hickstein and Tyler Westlake, Chadron, 63-64, 127; 3, Don and Chad Beebe, Nathan Bell and Corey Hansen, Aurora, Ill., 63-66, 129; 4-6, tie among Dan, Pete and Jens Johnson, Chadron; and Judd Norman, Billing, Mont., 63-69, 132; Dan Beebe and friend, North Aurora, Ill., and Trevor and Logan Almond, St. Paul, Neb., 64-68, 132; and Cody Campbell, Jeremy Dean, Dylan Stetson and Connor Weinberg, Alliance, 66-66, 132; 7, John Ritzen and Micah Smith, Chadron, Beau Miskimins, Windsor, Colo., and Greg Trepka, Parker, Colo., 65-68, 133; 8-9 tie, Dan Anderson and Cory Olson, Chadron; Andrew Olson, Martin, and Ryan Osmotherly, Crawford, 66-69, 135, and JD. Hill, Dillon, Colo., Curt Moffat, Lander, Wyo., and Chad Johnson and Kinzy Kanno, Mitchell, 66-69, 136; 10, Zac Bargen, Kansas, Chapman Ham, LaVista, Neb., Brady Roes, Chadron, and Cody Roes, Lincoln, 65-73, 138.  

First Flight–1, Mitch Barry, Jason Sommerville and Tye Pourier, Chadron, and John Thayer, Yankton, S.D., 69-67, 136; 2, Rob Bila and Hunter Hageman, Chadron, John McGhehey, Alliance, and John Mathes, Pratt, Kan., 70-67, 137; 3, Bud and Levi Clark, Lusk, and Rog Rogers, Richfield, Wis., 70-70, 140; 4, Justin Bach, Andy and James Gooder and James Hunter, Chadron, 70-71, 141; 5, Gary Benson, Lincoln, Frank Pratt, D. Staver and Reid Roger, Slinger, Wis., 72-72, 144; 6, Chad Emanuel, Waukee, Iowa, Kevin Emanuel, Osceola, Iowa, M. Schinzel and Toby Spence, Douglas, Wyo., 71-75, 147; 7, Tim DeHart, Colorado Springs, Brad Smith, Tucson, Ariz., Ben Smith, Fishers, Ind., and Nate Smith, Albuquerque, N.M., 71-77, 148; 8, Chris and Lee Baumann, Bonita Springs, Fla., Mike Baumann, Morrill, and Nick Baumann, Black Hawk, S.D., 72-77, 149; 9, CJ Bach, Jay Long and Matt Ritterbush, Chadron, and Cody Beguin, Elkhorn, Neb., 72-78, 150; 10, Kevin Allison and Sammy Garcia, Moorcroft, Wyo., and Cory Arndt,  and Scott Jeffres, Gillette, 72-81, 153.

Second Flight–1, Pat, Shane, Steve and Robert Dilsaver, Cheyenne, 73-72, 145; 2, Casey and Justin Downs, A.J. Huffman and Brad Peters, Chadron, 73-73, 146; 3, Rod Borders, Dennis King and Chik Hensley, Gordon, and Chuck Niemeyer, Ashland, Neb., 72-76, 148; 4, Lee Muma and Corey Pourier, Chadron, and Tracy and Keegan Schuck, Grand Island, 75-75, 150; 5, Clint Sasse, Chadron, Connor Casey, Rapid City, Cole Montgomery, Casper, and Cole Willard, Alliance, 74-78, 152; 6, Mike Lecher, Chadron, and Jake, Jed and Mark Herblan, Casper, 77-76, 153; 7-8 tie, Tom Ammon, Briar DeSanti, Sawyer Haag and Ben Watson, Chadron, 73-84, 157; and Brett Hunter, Thye DeKoning and John Murphy, Chadron, and Tim Clayton, Sargent, 77-80, 157.   

Third Flight–1, Craig Clarke, Hot Springs, Bruce Scheopner, Roger Stevens and Bob Zahm, Chadron, 78-78, 156; 2, Chris Conroy, Casper, Kyle McCarthy, Hemingford, Lance Pickett and Travis Reeves, Chadron, 78-79, 157; 3, Aaron and Kattie Bland, Spearfish, and Joe and Mallory Haas, Holdrege, 79-79, 158; 4,  Cory Paz, Austen Stephens and Wade Reeves, Chadron, and Kenny Malmquist, Cheyenne, 79-81, 160; 5, Randy Bauer, Rick Koza and Andrew and Joel Smith, Chadron, 78-83, 161;  6, Janet Raymer and Kelsey Scott, Chadron, and other Scotts of Douglas, Wyo., 80-84, 164; 7, Jenna and Linda Dilsaver and Kenny and Lisa Malmquist, Cheyenne, 82-83, 165; and 8, Kaleb Bell, Fort Morgan, Colo., Braxtyn Hespe, Chadron, Jake Brunette, Pinedale, Wyo., and Kyle Vinich, Casper, 82-86, 168.

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