team take top honors
By Russ Pankonin
The Imperial Republican
Saturday marked the second annual Amanda (Poppe) Johnson Memorial tournament, held at the Enders Lake Golf Course.
The tournament is held in memory of Amanda Johnson, who passed away suddenly in June, 2013 at the young age of 26.
The tournament was first organized last year by Steven Poppe of Grand Island, an uncle of Amanda’s.
A missing man flyover by spray pilots Rob and Dave Aslesen of Imperial and pilot Stan Jones of Benkelman served as the kickoff to Saturday’s tournament.
Aslesens were flying spray planes while Jones flew over in a T-6 Texan trainer. The T-6 is a single-engined advanced trainer aircraft used to train U.S. pilots during World War II and into the 1970s.
Three other young people who died far too young were also recognized with a picture sign on the course. They included Logan Bauman of Parker Colo., Cody Fanning of Wauneta and Jeremy Eichner of Ogallala.
The three were friends or relatives of Craig and Yvonne Poppe, Amanda’s parents.
Moreland-Beemer team wins
Eric and Lindsay Moreland and Geoff and Jennifer Beemer teamed up to win the 4-person memorial tournament. The two couples shot a 64 for the day. Two teams tied for second, carding a 66.
There were 24 teams participating.
Results of the tournament are as follows:
Championship Flight—1. Eric and Lindsay Moreland, Geoff and Jennifer Beemer, 30-34=64; 2. (tie) Jerod, Branson and Derek Burge, Calvin Dahlkoeter of Grant, 31-35=66; Sam Sutton, Kelsey Steinkraus, Ben Aslesen, Lou Visser, 32-34=66.
First Flight—1-2-3. (tie) Curtis Johnson, Rod Johnson, Craig and Evonne Poppe, 34-33=67; Mike, Cindy, Matt and Shannon Liewer, 34-33=67; Mike Jaeger, Dave Parker, Dallas and Tara Welp, 34-33=67.
Second Flight—1. Steve Poppe, Lavern Poppe, Tom and Stacy Mayrose, 35-34=69; 2. Dave and Candy Schilke, Larry and Diane Schilke, 35-35=70; 3. (tie) Mandi Kramer, Ashley Spahn, Tanna Hanna, Tiffany Reeves, 35-36=71; Blake, Alan, Alex and Michelle Poppe, 36-35=71.
Third Flight—1. Troy and Traci Space, Lance and Janelle Kimble, 37-35=72; 2. Chris Lee, Brian Lee, Annie Longan, Melissa Deyle, 37-37=74.
Flag prizes—#1. Longest drive in fairway (women), Theresa Russell; #1. Longest drive in fairway (men), Jeremy Klima; #2. Closest to pin, Curtis Johnson; #3. Longest putt on green, Dallas Welp; #4. Longest putt on green, Mandi Kramer; #5. Closest to pin second shot, Eric Moreland; #7. Closest to pin on drive, Evonne Poppe; #8. Longest putt on green, Jerod Burge; #9. Closest to red flag in fairway, PING Driver, Leann Weiss.