Chris Wiemers takes Horse Race
Chris Wiemers conquered an elite field of golfers Friday evening to win the third "Horse Race" of his career.
Wiemers, who grew up at Heritage Hills, took the title by subduing a field that included two past Horse Race champions, Greg Ernst and Ted DiGiacomo, and one former John Mullen tournament champion, Shane Zywiec.
In the end, it was Wiemers against Jason Peterson, a tall, strong Swede from Oakland-Craig. Course knowledge paid off for Wiemers on the final hole, the 18th.
He cut the corner, driving just short of the green, while Peterson drove to the bottom.
Peterson's second shot was just off the green to the left, while Wiemers pitched comfortably to the middle of the green.
Peterson missed his par attempt, while Wiemers tapped in for the victory and the $500 first prize check.
Chris's aunt and uncle, Gary and Barb Wiemers, sponsored the Horse Race and presented the winning trophy.
Peterson, who helped Oakland-Craig to four golf titles in the late 80s, took home second place money and Ted DiGiacomo of Omaha placed third.
DiGiacomo, who did not take up golf until after high school, is a regular participant in the Mullen Pro-Am. He was eliminated in a chipoff on the 17th hole.
Placings of the other Horse Race finalists were Greg Ernst, now of Kearney, fourth; Shane Zywiec, now of Lincoln and formerly of McCook, fifth; Jeff Tyrrell, Lincoln, sixth; Bruce Vaughn, Hutchinson, Kan., seventh; and Jeff Klein, Scottsbluff, eighth.