On August 8th, 2014 the Eagles Club Aerie # 365 in Plattsmouth, Nebraska hosted their first annual “End of Summer Shootout” luck of the draw dart tournament and the event was an instant success. This being the club’s first venture into the world of large dart tournaments, they sought out sponsor partners to help them add to prize money. When it was all said and done the sponsors: Whitey Smith, New Technology Towing & Recovery, Cundall Auctioneering & Big Al’s Bar had added $400.00 to the payouts for the evening.
With the added money guaranteed for the evening, players from numerous regional cities made the trip out for the event and finalized the event with 48 teams vying for the top spot. Players of all different skill and experience levels joined together to make the inaugural event a huge success, leaving the Eagles # 365 eager to host more tournaments with money added.
The results were:
1st Place: Donnie Nippert (Harlan, IA) & Rick Molczyk (Bellevue, NE)
2nd Place: Wes Babcock (Omaha, NE) & LaVel Sterling (Omaha, NE)
3rd Place: Steve Garrean Sr. (Plattsmouth, NE) & John Edwards (Sioux City, IA)
4th Place: Jeff Brindley (Fremont, NE) & Milton Petersen (Omaha, NE)
5th-6th: Alan Knudtson (Omaha, NE) & Chris Smith (Plattsmouth, NE)
5th-6th: Ben Rimel (Plattsmouth, NE) & Mark Reeves (Sioux City, IA)
7th-8th: Kole Gray (Plattsmouth, NE) & Jason Gressman (Omaha, NE)
7th-8th: Amber Nicole Sidney (Plattsmouth, NE) & Dale Kenworthy (Lincoln, NE)
9-12th: John Lowell (Bellevue, NE) & Steve Garrean Jr. (Plattsmouth, NE)
9-12th: Matthew Alexen (Plattsmouth, NE) & Robert DeMey (Omaha, NE)
9-12th: Mike Chamberlain (Sioux City, IA) & Brian Garges (Council Bluffs, IA)
9-12th: Terril Kennedy (Plattsmouth, NE) & Chance Taylor (Plattsmouth, NE)
There was much attention focused upon two young competitors, Kole Gray (15) & Chance Taylor (13), who stepped away from the youth league and stepped up in competition…only to excel. The Eagles Club and Greater Omaha Leagues look forward to more successful events like this one that will showcase players from everywhere throughout the region.