Nebraska Golfer May 2019

1 - #NebPreps Preview

Grand Island Central Catholic is looking for a fourth Class C team title in five years. (Photo by Jimmy Rash Photography)

The 2019 Nebraska Boys High School Golf Season had a rocky start for a second straight year, but this time it was a combination of snow and flooding that delayed the start of the season. The large amount of snow this winter left many courses late to open, waiting for the snow to melt and the course to dry out. While others faced flooding, some saw minor effects, others were devastated. In fact, the Class B Championship site, Quail Run Golf Course in Columbus, was one that was devastated, and the championship had to be moved across town to Elks Country Club. The weather eventually came around and courses dried out, and despite not having much time to practice outdoors, the boys have been in full swing. We take a look ahead to the District and State Tournaments for each class, and what teams to keep an eye on. Tap the button below to read more.

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2 - Plainview CC Spearheads Inaugural Nebraska 9-hole Club Championship

Nebraska has more than 90 nine-hole golf courses, spread all across the state. Most are small town golf courses that provide the community a chance to gather for recreation, socialization and enjoyment of this great game.

Now, there is a championship for the best players at these courses. Plainview Country Club in northeast Nebraska has launched the Nebraska 9-Hole Club Championship, presented by Brunswick State Bank. Read more on this event at the button below.

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3 - Knispel/Nietfeldt Win Four-Ball in Dramatic Fashion

The 18th Nebraska Four-Ball Champions Ryan Nietfeldt of Elkhorn and Ryan Knispel of Omaha.

It was a wide open final round race and an incredible finish capped the 18th Nebraska Four-Ball Championship at The Players Club in Omaha, with Ryan Nietfeldt of Elkhorn and Ryan Knispel of Omaha capturing the title. Nietfeldt holed an impossible flop shot for an eagle-3 on the par-5 18th hole on the first playoff hole to clinch the title over Gretna's Brian Csipkes and Omaha's Bill Amundsen. Read the recap, see Nietfeldt's incredible shot and more in this month's NGA Competitions section below. Also this month, read a preview of U.S. Open Local Qualifying, which is set for May 9 at Champions Run in Omaha. It's the first stage of qualifying for the 2019 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, with 53 players competing for three spots in Sectionals. Tap the button below to read more.

4 - NGA Hires New Employee to Focus on Membership and Women's Golf

Nebraska Golf Association Manager of Membership and Women's Programs Sam Oehm

The Nebraska Golf Association has hired a new employee to focus on membership service, retention and growth, as well as women's golf, including management of the Nebraska Women's Amateur Golf Association. Sam Oehm is the new Manager of Membership and Women's Programs. Sam is finishing up at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he will graduate in August with double majors in Advertising and Public Relations and Sports Media and Communications. Sam grew up in Omaha and graduated from Omaha Burke High School in 2015. He will focus on providing excellent customer service to NGA members and member clubs and managing efforts related to women's golf, including oversight of NWAGA and its schedule of tournaments. Sam is one of four full-time staff members. Learn more about the NGA and its staff at the button below.

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