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Heights Student Hits First Hole-in-One At Waterville Course

By Megan Wanamaker – Valley Heights High School

Cell phones aren’t usually allowed during golf practice but on March 30th Tim Laughlin called Tanner Whiting with some amazing news. Golfing on hole 8 with a par 4, Whiting started and ended with a wonderful drive. Laughlin, Donovan Bradley, and Nathan Ramsay, who had been finishing up the hole 8, were taken off guard when a golf ball landed on the green and bounced off the flag into the hole. Many of the golfers had been working with head coach Ryan Noel when they saw Whiting on his cell phone with the good news. The majority of the team walked to the green to find Whiting’s pink golf ball in the hole. On the Waterville Golf Course there has not been a hole in one since the course had the grass greens installed. “I’m very excited and I never thought it would happen,” said Whiting.

About Derek Nester

Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids, and graduated from Valley Heights High School in May of 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communication. After stops at KFRM and KCLY radio in Clay Center, he joined KNDY in 2002 as a board operator and play by play announcer. Derek is now responsible for the digital content of Dierking Communications, Inc. 6 radio stations. In 2005 Derek joined the staff of KCFX radio in Kansas City as a production assistant for the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, which airs on 69 radio stations across 9 Midwest states.