For the past 10 years, Diane and Dave Keiter have honored their late daughter Tasha by spreading her passion and love for the game of golf by welcoming new groups of people into the game. The impact they have made wouldn’t be possible without fundraising efforts similar to their annual golf tournament that brings people together in Kearney.
Now, with the Tasha Keiter Memorial transitioning into a PGA REACH Nebraska initiative, the Keiter’s annual golf tournament is moving forward as our foundation’s ‘Kearney Impact Event’. The Keiter’s have played an instrumental role in implementing Golf ‘N Schools into the Kearney area elementary schools in addition to other avenues which bring new people into the game.
For the first time on Friday, PGA REACH Nebraska welcomed players to celebrate the accomplishments of the Tasha Keiter Memorial Foundation and to look ahead to a great partnership that will make a huge impact in coming years.
“PGA Reach Nebraska is doing so many amazing things through teaching and coaching and it aligns with what I do,” said Larry Keiter. His coaching business was the presenting sponsor of today’s Kearney Impact Event and he talks his favorite word, “hope”.
“Our foundation took off because we knew how much golf meant to Tasha and when figuring out how to spread her love for the game, we discovered SNAG golf,” said Diane Keiter. She also talked about the impact PGA Professional Matt Shaner has had with the program.
PGA HOPE is the fastest growing program under PGA REACH Nebraska and continues to impact Veterans through a free six-seven week program focusing on golf instruction and acts as a vehicle to bring them together into one community. With programs already in Omaha and Lincoln, PGA HOPE has now made its way into Kearney and will kick off its second fall class next week.
Several graduates of PGA HOPE Nebraska teed it up at Kearney Country Club in today’s Impact Event representing a family that gets bigger each year.
After the four-person scramble came to a finish, players posed with the leaderboard to capture pictures to remember another special day that will impact so many. The team of Matt Shaner, Terri Meier, Foster Meier and Nate Mishou fired a team total of 52 (19-under) to win the first flight while Jared Crick, Don Snyder, Phil Hinrichs and Taylor Rossenbach won the second flight thanks to their round of 67 (4-under). The PGA REACH Nebraska staff along with the Keiter family want to thank everyone for coming out to support our joint initiative.
“There was a lot of people here to support and I hope the word gets around town of how awesome this event and all the good that it does,” said former Husker Football star Jared Crick. Crick was in the tournament field and reflected on the day and being apart of the event for the first time.
We want to give a special thank you to the event’s Presenting Sponsor, Larry Keiter Coaching, our Supporting Sponsors, Yellow Van Cleaning, Golf Fit USA, Trade Well Pallet, INC, and Matt Meister, and all the hole sponsors. Without your support, this event could not be possible. Lastly, we want to thank the entire Professional staff at Kearney Country Club for hosting and assisting us in a way that made the event special for everyone involved.