Nebraska Golfer August 2019

1 - Alex Schaake's Legend Grows

Alex Schaake of Omaha is now only the second player to win four consecutive Nebraska Amateur Championships after he won on the seventh playoff hole at the Country Club of Lincoln.

Omaha’s Alex Schaake had the toughest test of his amateur career, and yet again he came out on top, capturing a fourth straight title and winning the 111th Nebraska Amateur Championship after a seven-hole playoff at The Country Club of Lincoln in July. Schaake and Caleb Badura of Aurora, the 2019 Nebraska Match Play Champion, both finished at 280 (-8), and the second longest playoff in Nebraska Amateur history ensued. Schaake joins the great Bob Astleford as the only players to win at least four straight titles, and it's also his 10th NGA title overall, which again ties Fremont's John Sajevic for the most all-time. We sat down with Schaake for an extensive interview, touching on everything from his four straight titles and the grueling playoff, his career ahead, why he doesn't play golf for fun, and more. Tap the button below to listen to the podcast, and read more about Schaake.

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2 - Squads Set for 34th Kansas-Nebraska Junior Cup

The 34th Kansas-Nebraska Junior Cup returns to Omaha Country Club this week. Team Nebraska triumphed last year over Kansas at Lawrence Country Club. Now, captain Craig Badura looks to lead his squad to another win. The team is young this year, with only two players returning from last year's cup team, but the roster is packed with some of the best junior talent in Nebraska. Check out the preview of this year's team by clicking the button below.

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3 - NGF Outing Supports Youth on Course

This year's Nebraska Golf Foundation charity outing will take place on Wednesday, August 28th at The Club at Indian Creek, host site of the Korn Ferry Tour's Pinnacle Bank Championship. The outing benefits Youth On Course, a program that gives junior golfers life-changing access to the game of golf. Youth On Course allows kids to join for $10, and then pay $5 or less to play at any YOC facility in Nebraska, or at any out of state facility as well. There are over 30 member facilities in the state of Nebraska alone, and over 3,000 rounds have already been logged this year, with several facilities yet to report their rounds. Youth On Course has nearly 2,000 members from Nebraska this year. The program is supported by the Nebraska Golf Foundation. Find out more about Youth on Course here.

The 2019 NGF charity golf outing is limited to 42 foursomes. Entry fee of $200/player includes lunch, 18-holes of golf with cart, player gift and cocktail buffet. The event will also include on-course games, hole-in-one prizes and drawing for gifts. To register, please submit the form at the button below with payment. You may also sign-up and pay with a credit card by contacting the NGA office at (402) 505-4653, x102. Entries close August 21.

4 - Nebraska on Tour | August 2019

Nebraska on Tour keeps you updated on the progress of Nebraskans on the PGA Tour and Korn Ferry Tour, Symetra Tour, as well as other Nebraskans trying to make their way in the professional ranks. For more frequent updates, follow @NGATracker on Twitter.

Nate Lashley, formerly of Scottsbluff, has followed up his breakthrough win on the PGA Tour by securing his entrance into the FedEx Cup playoffs. On the Korn Ferry Tour, Brady Schnell of Omaha will play in the Korn Ferry Tour Finals to try and earn back his 2019-2020 PGA Tour card. Brandon Crick of McCook has put himself in position to make the Korn Ferry Tour Finals with a second place finish at the Ellie Mae Classic last week. He has one more regular season event to get through, and then he could have a chance to earn his Tour card as well. For updates on our Nebraskans on Tour, and more on the Nebraskans working to earn their tour cards, tap the button below to read more on their seasons-to-date and what lies ahead.

5 - NGA Competitions | August 2019

Four champions were crowned this past month, including two familiar faces, and two first-time champions. Omaha's Alex Schaake made history with his fourth consecutive Nebraska Amateur title, defeating Caleb Badura of Aurora in seven playoff holes. Kate Strickland of Lincoln also entered the record books, becoming the youngest winner of the Nebraska Women's Match Play Championship with a 6-and-4 victory over Lauren Thiele of Wahoo in the final. Josh Peters of Omaha captured his first NGA title in his last junior championship at the Nebraska Junior Amateur, and Kaitlyn Hanna of Omaha persevered in windy conditions to take home the Nebraska Girls' Amateur Championship. Matt Haynes of Papillion advanced to the U.S. Senior Amateur Championship with a qualifying win at Wilderness Ridge, and Andy Sajevic of Omaha is headed to Pinehurst after qualifying for the U.S. Amateur Championship. Tap the button below to read the recaps of these competitions and more.

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