April 01, 2011 –
MAYETTA: The Firekeeper Golf Course officially opened to the public this morning and golfers from Olathe and Wichita were the first to tee off after making the highest bid of donating to the charity of their choice.
The first foursome donated $425 that will be given to Special Olympics and the second group with the highest bid donated $400 to the Lawrence Boys & Girls Club. Winners of the third tee-off time gave $240 to the Holton Football Club.
From left to right are Neil Freund, Brent Miller, Stacy Krable and Lance Waltner who were the first foursome to play Firekeeper today. Freund is from Olathe and the others are from the Wichita area.
Neil Freund was the first to tee off on number one.
Information about the first-tee charity contest was a part of Firekeeper’s promotions that were broadcast live from the clubhouse by Topeka and Kansas City radio stations earlier in the week. Tribal Council member Junior Wahweotten and Randy Towner, golf pro/manager for the golf course, gave indepth interviews with sports broadcasters from WIBW-580 AM and WHB-810 AM.
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Facing the camera is Junior Wahweotten, Tribal Council, who was interviewed by sports personality Kevin Kietzman, WHB 810 AM radio, Kansas City, on Monday from the Firekeeper clubhouse.
Other photographs taken:
Golf Pro/Manager Randy Towner (left) and Michael Powell, Assistant Golf Pro, after ringing the bell to signify the course officially open. The bell will also be rung when golfers make a hole in one.
Cody Bond works as a cart attendant and was seen in the bag drop off area that is located in the clubhouse parking lot.
Landon Carver, pro shop attendant, waits on a customer in the proshop this morning. Approximately 80 golfers have signed up to play the course today.
The grounds crew puts some finishing touches on the back nine.
Photo taken looking southeast this morning around 8:30 a.m. as a light fog begins to lift. Temperatures are expected to rise throughout the day into the 60-plus degree range which should make for a nice day.