Nebraska Golfer March 2019

1 - An Interview with Golf Digest's Ron Whitten

Ron Whitten was born in Omaha, grew up in Papillion and played at Spring Lake Golf Course as a kid. Now, he's the Architecture Editor for Golf Digest, heading up the effort to rank the world's best golf courses. He's been evaluating and writing about golf courses and their architects since 1985, and he's even designed a couple of his own. Most notably, Whitten was part of the team that designed and built Erin Hills in Wisconsin, host of the 2017 U.S. Open and now ranked No. 42 in Golf Digest's 100 Greatest Golf Courses in America. We talked to Whitten about Erin Hills, how he turned down an offer to design the first course at Bandon Dunes, his Top 100 Rankings, his love for golf in the Sandhills of Nebraska, the effect of distance on golf architecture and more. Tap the button below to see more and listen to the full interview.

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2 - USGA Qualifying Sneak Preview

The Nebraska Golf Association will conduct six qualifiers for USGA Championships in 2019, including U.S. Open Local Qualifying on May 9 at Champions Run in Omaha. Qualifying will also be held for the U.S. Amateur, which is at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club in 2019, U.S. Mid-Amateur, U.S. Senior Amateur, U.S. Girls' Junior and U.S. Junior Amateur. Tap button below to check out the qualifying schedule, host sites and more.

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3 - NGA Championship Entries Open

The Players Club in Omaha, host of the 52nd Nebraska Match Play Championship and the 18th Nebraska Four-Ball Championship in 2019.

Entries are now open for the Nebraska Golf Association’s men’s championships, and the schedule is packed with opportunities to compete at some of the top venues in the state. The Country Club of Lincoln will host the 111th Nebraska Amateur Championship July 8-11. The 52nd Nebraska Match Play Championship will be conducted at a first-time host club for the second-straight year. The Players Club in Omaha will host the championship for the first time on June 10-14. Check out more on how to file your entries and other information on the championship schedule at the button below.

4 - Nebraska on Tour

Nate Lashley was tied for the lead at the PGA Tour's Puerto Rico Open after back-to-back rounds of 68 (-4). Tap the button below to see how he finished.

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. Currently, there are two Nebraskans with PGA Tour Membership for the 2018-19 season. Nate Lashley, formerly of Scottsbluff, dealt with an injury last year after breaking onto the PGA Tour for the first time. He's back with another chance this year though, and is already proving himself. Brady Schnell, a Millard West product and former Husker, grabbed his PGA Tour Card last year with a stellar season on the Web.com Tour that included a win. On the Web.com Tour, Elkhorn's Scott Gutschewski is back after foot surgery limited him to just one event in 2018. Tap the button below to read more on their seasons-to-date and what lies ahead.

5 - Golf's New Rules

Golf's New Rules continue to be a hot topic in the golf world. Rickie Fowler was caught in the middle of it again, Justin Thomas is being vocal, and the USGA has fired back. We took a look at some of these instances to try to clear up some misconceptions and keep you informed. Tap the button below to read more.

6 - Nebraska Junior Golf Schedule Announced

The schedule for Nebraska Junior Golf's Tour has been announced, with tons of events for all ages and skill levels of junior golfers. The continued expansion of the tour now includes another two-day event, the Kearney Junior Classic, a long-standing event in the city of Kearney. The schedule now includes three two-day events, four Premier Events and the Tour Championships. The 9-Hole Tour Championship will again be held at The Field Club of Omaha (August 5), while the 18-hole Tour Championship will be conducted at Champions Run in Omaha (August 1). Membership registration will begin March 15, with tournament registration beginning May 1. Tap the button below to see the schedule.

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