July 2, 2014
Lebsock Family to take over community “keepsake”
By Barbara Baker - NJC Marketing Director
Smiling faces were easy to find on Tuesday when Northeastern Junior College officials and representatives of the Lebsock Family did the final closing on the sale of Northeastern 18 and the Plainsman Grill. Pictured here (l to r) NJC’s Vice President for Administrative Services Tyler Kelsch, Lindi Lebsock McNabb, Brad Lebsock and NJC President Jay Lee. The golf course will remain open all week and the restaurant will reopen on Saturday, July 5th. A number of changes are planned for the property in the months to come. In the meantime, existing golf passes are being honored and some special passes for the remainder of 2014 are available. New management has been hired for both the restaurant and the golf course. Read the story for details. (Courtesy Photo)
At noon on Tuesday, Northeastern Junior College officially turned over ownership of the Northeastern 18 golf course and restaurant facility to Dave and Cheryl Lebsock and Family, completing a transaction that has been in the works for more than three months. Lindi Lebsock McNabb and Brad Lebsock, representing their entire family, joined Northeastern President Jay Lee and the college’s Vice President for Administrative Services Tyler Kelsch at the title company to ink the final papers in what it sure to be a win, win transaction for the college, the new owners and the community.
“In honor of Frank Walsh, Northeastern Junior College and the northeastern Colorado community, our family is pleased to assume ownership of this property which has been a huge and important part of Sterling for many years,” said Brad Lebsock. “We have appreciated how careful NJC has handled this transition. We, as a family, feel very committed to keeping it open as a public golf course and restaurant and making it available to this entire area.”
Lebsock went on to say that the Lebsock Family will honor the 2014 pass holders and encourages everyone to come out and golf. “If you’re not a current pass holder, we will be offering some promotional annual passes available for the golf course, so call us for more information,” he said.
The golf course will remain open all week, but as part of the transition, the restaurant facility will reopen Saturday, July 5th under the new management of Fred and Carol Borra, former owners and managers of the Broker Restaurants in Denver and Boulder. Most recently, they operated The Haxtun Inn, in Haxtun Colorado. An experienced bar tender and cross fit trainer, Erica Brewer, will be taking over the bar management. Also, long time Sterling resident Paul Schrade takes the lead role on the golf side of the property, overseeing the course and golf operations.
The golf course and restaurant will continue to operate under the current name, however changes will be coming later this year. The Lebsocks have plans to do some remodeling of the facility which will improve the ambiance of the restaurant and will provide even better space for large group gatherings. “We will be open for business as of this Saturday and in the future would love to not only serve the community as a local gathering place, but to also have an opportunity to be an event venue.” notes Lindi McNabb. “We’re also excited about our future plans to offer a casual sport bar setting and a formal dining room option," she adds.
Among the events that are already on the calendar as the Lebsocks take ownership is the Colorado Youth Golf Association State Tournament which will happen in August, the Annual Labor Day Golf Tournament in early September and the Colorado 3A Boys State Golf Tournament which takes place at the end of September. The Lebsocks are very committed to making sure this historical course is meticulously maintained for local golfers as well as visitors from Colorado and surrounding states.
President Lee saw the sale as being a bit bittersweet. “We were delighted to receive this gift from the Walsh Family in 2010,” he said. “We have done education really well here in Sterling for more than 70 years, but we had never operated a golf course and restaurant. We certainly had a huge learning curve and for various reasons, some of the vision that Frank had for the facility to become a teaching environment, were beyond our reach financially. It wasn’t for lack of trying on our part, as we were very committed to the concept. Mr. Walsh was very clear when giving this gift to Northeastern that if we couldn’t make it work the way he had envisioned it, we could sell the property and put the money back into scholarship dollars for students, which is what we are doing.”
Lee went on to note that “the Lebsocks have a long and good history with Northeastern. Dave, Cheryl, Brad, Lindi, Brandon, Bobby and Ty all went to college here. I think we all understand how important this property is to our community. My congratulations to the Lebsock Family as they take on this Sterling and regional asset. I’m confident that they will make wonderful things happen in the months to come. Their initial plans are impressive and I believe they will make the golf and restaurant operation a big success. I encourage the community to support their efforts in a big way.”
While exact details of the transaction were not released, the Northeastern Foundation is receiving in excess of $700,000 to be used to assist students.