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2018 Hook & Ladder Golf Tournament

By September 7, 2018May 20th, 2020No Comments

The 11th Annual Hook & Ladder Golf Tournament was held on Thursday, August 30th, at the Red Cloud Golf Course near Red Cloud, NE.

In order to field a team in the 4-person scramble, at least one team member must be on their local fire department or local EMS department.

Gary Thompson Agency partners with Farmers Mutual of Nebraska (Gold Sponsor), EMC Insurance Companies and Nationwide (Silver Sponsors) as corporate sponsors of this charity golf outing. Prize money is collected from these corporate sponsors, and team entry fees as well as hole sponsorships from several other companies allow 100% of the proceeds (minus golf course expenses) to be paid back to the participating teams.

We so appreciate all the hard work and dedication that our local, volunteer first responders provide to those in need. This tournament allows us to give them a small portion of the recognition they deserve. The tournament was once again a huge success this year:

  • $4,000 was paid back to the placing Fire Departments!
  • 12 Rural Fire Departments were in attendance this year making up a total of 27 teams.

We want to send a special thank you to all that were in attendance and to all the GTA staff that helped organize and run this tournament.

Visit our Facebook Page to see more pictures from the event!


All participants received a Hook & Ladder tumbler, a sleeve of golf balls, and golf tees. Flag prize winners received golf balls. A random drawing at the end of the day awarded two individuals with a golf bag and golf club.

Posted below are the 2018 tournament results:

Championship Flight

  1. Fairfield Fire Dpt #1 (Perry Ridgeway, Aaron Hyland, Casey Kluver, Clay Fischer)
  2. Blue Hill Fire Dpt #2 (Trent Jordening, Tim Waterbury, Josh Henderson, Brandon Meyer)
  3. Guide Rock Fire Dpt #1 (John Ely, Riley Scholtz, Jeff Ord, Aaron Giger)
  4. Red Cloud Fire Dpt #2 (Ryan Zimmerman, Darin Barnes, AJ Lockhart, Dan Conway)

1st Flight

  1. Lawrence Fire Dpt #2 (Wayne Hoelting, Lefty Kohmetscher, Brad Kohmetscher, Nathan Faimon)
  2. Esbon Fire Dpt (Don Fogo, John Garmen, Ed Beam, Stuart Boyles or Randy Fogo)
  3. Blue Hill Fire Dpt #1 (Wayne Bonifas, Jim Meyer, Terry Jordening, Tyson Jordening)
  4. Superior Fire Dept (Blake Erickson, Barry Blackstone, Ryan Henderson, Mike Fenimore)

2nd Flight

  1. Guide Rock Fire Dpt #2 (Chip Ohmstede, Bill Ohmstede, Mark Ohmstede, Neil Mertens)
  2. GTA Wild Card (Jason Ackles, Rod Ulmer, Tim Valleau, Lance Thorell)
  3. Lawrence Fire Dept #4 (Bob Hofstetter, Larry Faimon, Coke Troudt, Gary Buescher)
  4. Red Cloud Rural Fire Dpt (Tim Meline, Curt Brumbaugh, Mike Faimon, Mark Zalman)

3rd Flight

  1. Fairfield Fire Dept #2 (Todd Dienes, Justin Jarehow, Sam Nejezchle, Allen Newman)
  2. Ruskin Fire Dpt #1 (Luke Kleen, JC Hinz, Kevin Hinz, Dan Schleufer)
  3. Guide Rock Fire Dpt #3 (Kent Duffy, Mark Scholtz, Bruce Ohmstede, Zack Ping)
  4. Roseland Fire Dpt (Zach Peters, EJ Kothe, Neil Hemberger, Adam Sidlo)

Flag Prize Winners:

  1. Closest to Pin on Tee Shot – John Story
  2. Closest to Pin on 2nd Shot – Brad Kohmetscher
  3. Longest Putt made from Green – Dan Conway
  4. Closest to Pin on Tee Shot – Kirk Shestak
  5. Longest Drive in Fairway – Andy Sole 
  6. Longest Putt made from Green – Clay Fischer
  7. Closest Off Tee – Josh Henderson
  8. Closest to Fireman Helmet in Fairway on Drive – Rocky Zimmerman
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