*Below article highlights the older division Valley, NE –A hot and steamy day welcomed players to the final round of the 2017 Nebraska PGA Junior Championship at the Pines Country Club, Valley, NE. First round leader, Luke Kluver of Norfolk, NE picked up where he left off yesterday with a solid round of two-under-par 70 and six-under-par 138 total to capture the title. Kluver got off to a hot start with birdies on two of his first three holes and finished his final nine holes at even-par to hold off Trevor Kosch of Humphrey, NE. Kosch played some really good golf and put some pressure on Kluver through 15 holes but some untimely bogeys down the stretch left him finish four back and a second place finish. Another Luke, Luke Gutschewski of Elkhorn, NE also continued his stellar play by posting fourover-par 76 to win the boys 13 to 15 division by 24 strokes. By capturing the overall boys title, Kluver and runner-up, Kosch will have the opportunity to join 144 of the nation’s top male junior golfers in the PGA of America’s premium junior event, the 42nd Boys Junior PGA Championship, hosted at The Country Club of St. Albans in St. Albans, Missouri. The Country Club of St. Albans has consistently been ranked in the Top 10 courses in the state of Missouri by Golf Digest and looks to be a fantastic venue for the event. The Boys Junior PGA Championship will be held from July 31August 3, 2017. The Boys Junior PGA Championship is where some of the best in the world get their start. Many of today’s PGA Tour professionals made their debut at the Championship. Notable past participants Include: Tiger Woods, Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth, Stewart Cink and Phil Mickelson.
Not pictured: Hank Stempson, Boys 7-9 Division Champion
*Below article highlights the older division Valley, NE – A hot and steamy day welcomed players to the final round of the 2017 Nebraska PGA Junior Championship at the Pines Country Club, Valley, NE. Megan Whittaker of Elkhorn, NE took a commanding lead into the final round and although she did not play her best golf she managed to defend her title and capture the 2017 Nebraska Girls Junior PGA Championship. In the girls 13 to 15 division, Lauren Thiele of Wahoo, NE continued her stellar play to capture her age’s division title. But it was the second spot in the 42nd Girls Junior PGA Championship that was up for grabs as Thiele and Hannah Hunke of Snyder, NE went to extra holes to earn the right to compete in this championship. On the third playoff hole Hunke hit her tee shot into the water and this ultimately sealed her fate as Thiele becomes the youngest representative at the age of 13 to represent Nebraska in this championship. Whittaker and Thiele will have the opportunity to join 144 of the nation’s top female junior golfers in the PGA of America’s premium junior event, the 42nd Girls Junior PGA Championship, hosted at The Country Club of St. Albans in St. Albans, Missouri. The Country Club of St. Albans has consistently been ranked in the Top 10 courses in the state of Missouri by Golf Digest and looks to be a fantastic venue for the event. The Girls Junior PGA Championship will be held from July 18-21, 2017. The Girls Junior PGA Championship is where some of the best in the world get their start. Many of today’s LPGA Tour professionals made their debut at the Championship. Notable past participants include: Inbee Park, Lexi Thompson, Cristie Kerr, Grace Park, Michelle Wie, and Dottie Pepper.
This yearâ€™s 18-hole division NJGT Championship was hosted at Dakota Dunes Country Club, ranked best in the state of South Dakota by both Golf Digest and Golf Week. Designed by Arnold Palmer, the course is a diamond in the Midwest with immaculate conditions, first class dining and more. The top point winners in each division as of July 21st earned a spot in the field for this majestic golf course.
18-Hole Division Results
The 9-hole division championship will be hosted at The Field Club of Omaha once again for 2017. The oldest country club west of the Mississippi River, historic Field Club was the site of the 1941 US Amateur Championship as well as the home course for Nebraska legend Johnny Goodman. This tree-lined course will be the perfect ending to what looks to be another great season. Golfers will earn points through July 21st which will position them for an invite to the NJGT Championship. Point Standings Final Update: http://www.njgt.org/njgt-point-standings
9-Hole Division will take place on August 7th!
This yearâ€™s NJGT TEAM GOLF Championship features a post-season playoff. Facilities in the North Division had a 16-team playoff at Fremont Golf Club July 26th.
Click here to view the results Facilities in the South Division will host their 16-team playoff at Holmes Golf Course on August 3rd. The top 15 teams in points within each division as of July 21st guaranteed their playoff spot in their division. The top two teams from each playoff site will move on to the NJGT TEAM GOLF Championship hosted at the Country Club of Lincoln on August 11th!
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Congratulations Nebraska Section High School: Name
Mikayla R. McClure
Shane McClure, PGA
Alea E. Shaner
Matthew Shaner, PGA
Kayla L. Shaner
Matthew Shaner, PGA
Nate P. Vontz
Dennis Vontz, PGA
Clayton D. Malone
Dave Malone, PGA
Hannah L. Sieckmann
James Sieckmann, PGA
Nebraska Section College:
Saturday, June 3, 2017 - Hillcrest Country Club (Lincoln) RESULTS Saturday, June 10, 2017 - Eagle Hills GC (Papillion) RESULTS Friday, July 7, 2017 - Riverside Golf Club (Grand Island) RESULTS 16
I hold a firm belief that life is far too short to not do the things you love. While itâ€™s true that we all have to do things that we would rather not do, we need to make time and an effort to do the things we really want to do. For myself and for many other people, golf sits at the center of this desire. For those of us who are fortunate enough to have found the game we know the value that it brings. There remain many people who do not understand or appreciate all that golf has to offer. This is why I do what I do. I spend most of my professional time working to help prepare men and women for fulfilling careers in the golf industry where they can wake up and be excited about going to their profession every day. Of course, I realize that some people have other career aspirations and that is a good thing. They can still realize all of the value that golf can bring to their lives. This is why I try to get as involved in player development as possible. Most of my involvement is in the YMCA clinics offered through the Nebraska PGA Section and through coaching the YMCA Team Golf team at Highlands each year. My philosophy is that if I can share the game with our youth, they can work the values of the game into their life. - Brad Goetsch, PGA