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Friends and Neighbors: Gillilands instrumental in supporting golf in Kimball


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Bruce, right, and Wilma Gilliland are pictured a few years ago with their distinctive golf cart. The Gillilands were integral in building and growing the local golf course into one of the top courses in the state.

It may be difficult to imagine that prior to moving to Kimball with her husband Bruce and their son, Stephen, Wilma Gilliland knew little of golf.

The young couple met and began dating in Mt. Vernon, Ill., where Bruce was a civil engineer.

Bruce, a golfer, asked her to meet him at the local country club for a date. The country club had a public nine hole course.

"He took me out to the golf course. I had never been out on a golf course, but I was to meet him there," Wilma recalled. "There was a couple playing and they asked me to play with them, so I did. When he got there we were coming off...

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