Jon Deines, Ryan Scott

Ryan Scott (left) and Jon Deines (right) won the 2019 Shotgun Blast tournament on Saturday at the Beatrice Country Club.

The Shotgun Blast leaderboard was chalked full of people named Deines, but it was Jon Deines and his college buddy that came out on top.

Jon Deines and Ryan Scott won the 50th annual Shotgun Blast Tournament on Saturday at the Beatrice Country Club.

Deines and Scott edged out his brother Ben Deines his partner Andrew Haake by 1.5 strokes to win. His father Mitch Deines and brother-in-law Devon Wegner came in fourth.

"It's great to win this tournament -- especially since it was the 50th edition of it," Deines said. "But what makes this one even more memorable is that our family was able to get three of the top four spots. That's pretty special."

Jon Deines is a 2002 graduate of Beatrice. He played golf at Nebraska Wesleyan, which is where he met his Shotgun Blast playing partner Ryan Scott.

After Wesleyan, Deines won the State Match play tournament before going to Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan., which is where he worked as the golf pro for three years. He then got his amateur status back and won the State Mid Am in 2015, which is the last time he's competed at that level.

Scott now lives in the Kansas City area, but him and Deines have maintained their friendship. This is the second year they've participated in Shotgun together.

"It was just our second year, but I grew up on this course and worked and spotted balls for this tournament as far back as I can remember," Deines said. "It's a pretty neat deal that we were able to win it, especially the 50th. To get your name up on that wall is a pretty special deal."

The annual member/guest tournament is a three day tournament and Deines said both him and Scott played well.

"We both played pretty darn good the whole weekend," Deines said. "We were able to hang around, and that's all you can ask for going into the last day. Both scores count the last day and we were able to surprisingly sneak out a win over my brother and Andrew. It's amazing that after three days of playing, it comes down to a shot and a half."

Deines said they couldn't have asked for a better weekend, especially after early forecast didn't look so good.

"The weather was perfect," Deines said. "The forecast 10 days in advance wasn't good, but it turned out great and the course was unbelievable. The grounds crew does a great job at that course and that's what makes the tournament even more fun."

Deines said him and Scott will come back to defend their title next year.

"We'll definitely come back as long as we're willing," Deines said. "We will try to contend and repeat, but it takes a lot of luck to win that thing. Winning is the cherry on top, but the best part of the tournament is the great new people you meet every year. That's the biggest reason for playing."

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