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2018 Spring Celebration

Due to weather, the golf tournament has been canceled. However, the pickleball tournament, dinner and movie will go on as scheduled.

For questions please call ElDean Holthus at 785-476-5216


Golf Tournament - Smith Center Country Club, 4 miles south of Smith Center, KS on Hwy 281
4-Person Scramble
Double Shotgun: 8:00 am and 1:00 pm
$50 per golfer / $200 per 4-person team (includes 18 holes of golf with cart, BBQ dinner and movie)

Chance to make a hole-in-one and win an E-Z-Go golf cart donated by Copper Carts, Hays, KS!


Pickleball Tournament  - Smith Center Junior/Senior High School – 300 Roger Barta Way and Smith Center Elementary School – 216 S Jefferson St
1:00 pm Introductory Clinic at the High School taught by Jack Oxler
1:30 pm Round robin practice play
2:30 pm Tournament play; Two divisions including Recreational and Competitive
$20 per player / $40 per 2-person team (Dinner and Movie not included)

Jack Oxler, National Champion 35 & Over Doubles

Jack Oxler, National Champion 35 & Over Doubles

Pickleball is a sport in which players use paddles to hit a waffle-like ball over a net. The sport shares features of other racquet sports, the dimensions and layout of a badminton court, and a net and rules similar to tennis, with a few modifications. Pickleball is a ton of fun for youths as well as seniors and is one of the fastest growing sports in America!

This event is for EVERYONE, whether you’re a beginner or an expert!  The introductory clinic by National Champion Jack Oxler will introduce the game to everyone and then we’ll practice a little before beginning tournament play. Choose your division – Recreational or Competitive.

$100 Event Sponsorships Available (includes signage and recognition at golf, pickleball and dinner)

BBQ Dinner and Movie
Smith Center Junior/Senior High School – 300 Roger Barta Way, Smith Center, KS
6:30 pm – Dinner, followed by movie
$20 per person or $15 per senior (age 65 and over)

The barbecue dinner will be hosted by Voice of the Kansas City Chiefs Mitch Holthus and his wife Tami.


Home on the Range Movie
Smith Center Junior/Senior High School Auditorium
300 Roger Barta Way, Smith Center, KS
7:30 pm
$5 per person (movie included with golf and/or BBQ dinner; movie NOT included with pickleball)

The Home on the Range movie recently won the 2018 Western Heritage “Wrangler” Award for Best Docudrama, presented by The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. If you haven’t had the opportunity to see this special movie, here’s your chance!

The movie tells the story of the authorship, preservation and legacy of the song Home on the Range and the location where this “unofficial anthem” to the west was written, in Smith County, Kansas.

The movie features the talents of some well-known actors and musicians, including Rance Howard, Buck Taylor, Darby Hinton, Skip Gorman, Mitch Holthus, Mark Mannette, the legendary rock band Kansas, Michael Martin Murphey, the Sons of the Pioneers, Jed Marum and many more. “Home on the Range” is directed by Ken Spurgeon and produced by award-winning documentary film company, Lone Chimney Films in association with Sperra Studios.

Additional details

Those that play golf in the morning can sign up to play pickleball in the afternoon. Participants will need to register separately for golf and pickleball.

$5.00 lunch available at the Golf Course by Smith Center High School FCCLA
11:30 am to 1:30 pm

Overnight Accommodations
Buckshot Inn – 117 US-36, Smith Center, KS 66967; (785) 282-6644
Ingleboro Mansion Bed and Breakfast – 319 N Main St, Smith Center, KS 66967; (785) 282-3798

Earlier Event: March 10
Home on the Range Movie Screening