Observations all along the line - Kimball & the Southern Panhandle First

Jock Talk

I promised you readers a final story on Dillon Wise and his second day at the Ambassador Junior Golf Tournament held in North Platte, but things didn’t end so well for Dillon. After sitting in 2nd place after the first day of play with his round of 76, Dillon experienced a fate that almost all golfers experience at sometime in their careers, he hit the wrong ball out in the fairway and the result would take him out of contention for honors. A memorable experience, but one Dillon would just as soon forget, I am sure.


The Panhandle Junior Golf Tour held its final two tournaments this past week and the only area golfers I can find listed that played were the Zitek brothers of Pine Bluffs who claim the Kimball Four Winds course as their home base. Would be nice if Wyoming would allow them to play on the Kimball High team, but they say that is a non-no, so they play at Cheyenne East.

Tristen Zitek ended the tour winning at Gering and Scottsbluff in the 10-12 grade boys with scores of 78 and 82. Tristen Zitek playing in the grade 6-7 division was a winner at Gering with his score of 46 over 9 holes and finished 2nd at Scottsbluff with a score of 47.


Time now to turn our attention to the upcoming Kimball Hospital Foundations Classic, four-person scramble, coming up August 4th, at the Four Winds Golf Course. This is the 27th year of this popular tournament that Kerry Ferguson oversees, along with Four Winds Pro, Chad Wise.

Lunch and registration is at 11 a.m. at the WindBreak Restaurant with a shotgun start at 12 noon. The cost is $300 per team or $75 per player. An awesome selection of prizes, along with raffle give-a-ways and a putting contest for cash. You can even win a new car for a hole-in-one on hole number 3, courtesy of Wolf Automotive of Kimball. All players will receive a Callaway polo golf shirt, and, not only do you get lunch before you play, but also a buffet supper after play is done. To register to play, contact either Kerry Ferguson at 235-1967 or the Four Winds Pro Shop at 235-4241.


We lost one of Kimball’s all time top sports enthusiasts this past week with the passing of Les Reemts. Les and his family came to Kimball in 1963 and became an integral part of our community, including the sports scene. Les was an outstanding high school athlete who went on to excel as a college athlete, playing at both the University of Nebraska and Hastings College. When he arrived in Kimball, I can remember playing a lot of town team basketball and softball with Les. He was also one of Kimball’s top bowlers and was a long-hitting golfer, as well. You could count on seeing him at the Kimball High sporting events right up to the final events last winter.

Les came to the games, not because he had kids, or grandkids, but because it was Kimball sporting events, because he supported our school and because he enjoyed sports. I told his son Bob, that Les often sat with Karen and myself while I was stating the basketball games, and he was a big help to the officials as he pointed out to them if they missed a call and also let them know if they made the wrong call…at least in his viewpoint. I, along with lots of others, will certainly miss our Les this coming season when he doesn’t show up for the games. Rest in peace, my friend.