Nebraska Golfer April 2019

1 - Flooding Rocks Nebraska Golf Courses

Quail Run Golf Course in Columbus was one of many courses in Nebraska affected by the flooding. (Photo Courtesy of Brady Vancura)

Most Nebraskans have felt the effects of the recent flooding. For some, that meant the loss of home and property, and in some cases, life. Many were displaced and had to evacuate their homes, and with nearly every highway in sight closed, at times, there was nowhere to go. Among those in the path of the unrelenting water, were several golf courses that saw their fairways and greens swallowed up by several feet of water and ice. We took a look at some of the courses affected, and talked to those trying to clean up and recover for their community of golfers. Tap the button below to see and read more.

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2 - Fly 4 a Purpose with Kenzie O'Connell

Kenzie O'Connell, a Sidney native, was diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of 21 and it changed her life. O'Connell, a 2009 NGA Junior All-Star and the 2009 Nebraska Girls' Match Play Runner-Up, has received treatment and worked to control her epilepsy, and now she is on a mission to help others with this disorder. The social media star has started her own foundation, Fly 4 a Purpose, to help with the treatment and research of epilepsy and is hosting her first charity golf tournament this summer. Topics covered with O'Connell, include her tournament, her time on the Golf Channel, working the Waste Management Phoenix Open, Bandon Dunes and other golf trips she's been on, her favorite courses in Nebraska and more. The Fly4aPurpose Golf Outing is August 5 at Bear Dance Golf Course in Larkspur, Colorado, check out more on the outing and her foundation and their mission here: fly4apurpose.org.

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3 - NGA To Launch New Website

The Nebraska Golf Association will launch a new website next week with the goal of providing great and easy-to-use resources for all golfers in the state. The new website, designed by JM Web Designs, features a fresh, modern look that will perform excellently in the mobile environment, along with many other devices. The site features four main categories for those visiting, including Clubs, Members, Competitions and Play Golf. Tap the button below to get a sneak peek and learn about some things you should check out once the website launches next week.

4 - Nebraska on Tour

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

Brady Schnell, a Millard West product and former Husker, recorded a career-best finish on the PGA Tour in March, while Nate Lashley, formerly of Scottsbluff, and Ryan Vermeer of Omaha also were in action on the PGA Tour. On the Web.com Tour, Elkhorn's Scott Gutschewski continues to make cuts, and McCook's Brandon Crick lit up Monday Qualifying to get into two events himself. Several others are also putting in work on the mini-tours. Tap the button below to read more on their seasons-to-date and what lies ahead.

5 - Nebraska Four-Ball Preview & Junior Cup Sites Announced

The 18th Nebraska Four-Ball Championship kicks off the 2019 championship season later this month, and once again, a full field is ready for the trophy chase. One of the NGA's most popular championships, the Four-Ball filled within the first 12 hours of entries opening. Fifty-two teams will compete at The Players Club in Omaha, April 27-28, including four past champion teams. Also, sites have been announced for the 2019 and 2020 Kansas-Nebraska Junior Cup Matches. Tap the button below to read more on NGA Competitions.

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