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Nebraska Section PGA | 8700 Executive Woods Dr., Ste 100 | Lincoln, NE 68512 | Ph: (402) 489-7760 | Fx: (402) 489-1785 | www.nebraskapga.com


Nebraska Section PGA | 8700 Executive Woods Dr., Ste 100 | Lincoln, NE 68512 | Ph: (402) 489-7760 | Fx: (402) 489-1785 | www.nebraskapga.com

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Nebraska Section PGA Announces 2013 Nominations for Special Awards Each year the Nebraska Section PGA is pleased to reward distinction and honor to PGA Professionals for their contributions to the game of golf and their communities at the Section and National level. These awards recognize extraordinary accomplishments, expertise, distinction and service. It is with great pride that the below PGA Professionals have been nominated by the Nebraska Section PGA Nominating Committee for the following prestigious awards. The Nebraska Section PGA Selection Committee will announce the winners of each of these awards by January 17, 2014. Golf Professional of the Year - The highest award our Section presents. This award is based on overall performance as a PGA golf professional, including leadership, service and promotion of the game. Nominees: Charlie Borner, PGA, Hillcrest CC; Mike Cornell, PGA, Champions Run; Don Dravland, PGA, The Pines CC; David Honnens, PGA, Nebraska Section PGA; Don Kruse, PGA, Jackrabbit Run GC; Mark Ruhga, PGA, Oak Hills CC; Bob Vermeer, PGA, Oak Hills CC. Teacher of the Year - Awarded for excellence in golf instruction along with overall performance as a golf professional. Nominees: Ron Block, PGA, Lake Maloney GC; Mike Cornell, PGA, Champions Run; Cory Fletcher, PGA, GolfTEC-Omaha; James Kinney, PGA, Golf TEC-Omaha; Chad Lydiatt, PGA, Awarii Dunes GC; Ryan Norman, PGA, GolfTEC-Omaha; Jon Petersen, PGA, Tiburon GC; Mike Schuchart, PGA, Wilderness Ridge GC; James Sieckmann, PGA, Shadow Ridge CC; Shane Zywiec, PGA, Highlands GC. Horton Smith Award - Bestows special recognition for outstanding service and contributions to developing and improving educational opportunities for the PGA golf professional. Nominees: Tony Pesavento, PGA, Omaha CC and Rick Reynoldson, PGA, Crooked Creek GC. Bill Strausbaugh Award - Awarded to an individual who by their day-to-day efforts have distinguished themselves in the areas that truly reflect the characteristics and qualities that Bill Strausbaugh possessed during his lifetime – service to his Association, service to his fellow PGA professionals in helping them improve their employment situations and service to the community. Nominees: Bob Baber, PGA, City of Omaha Parks & Rec; Matt Shaner, PGA, Kearney CC; Jeff Porter, PGA, ArborLinks. Junior Golf Leader - Awarded to the PGA golf professional who is a leader in junior golf, reflects the image and qualities that juniors can emulate, and provides opportunities for juniors to learn and play golf. Nominees: Bob Baber, PGA, City of Omaha Parks & Rec; Joe Canny, PGA, Nebraska Section PGA; Hank McFarland, PGA, Lochland CC; Brett Morgan, PGA, Field Club of Omaha; Matt Shaner, PGA, Kearney CC; Bob Walker, PGA, Floyd Park GC. Merchandiser of the Year/Private Facility - Recognizes the PGA golf professional that has demonstrated superior skills as a merchandiser in the promotion of golf. Nominees: Mike Brown, PGA, Hillcrest CC; Troy Harder, PGA, Wayne CC; Nick Muller, PGA, The Country Club of Lincoln; Carly Ulrich, PGA, Omaha CC. Merchandiser of the Year/Public Facility - Recognizes the PGA golf professional that has demonstrated superior skills as a merchandiser in the promotion of golf. Nominees: David James, PGA, Meadowlark Hills GC; Tom Potvin, PGA, Dodge Riverside GC; James Rolls, PGA, Indian Creek GC; Denis Vontz, PGA, Highlands GC. Facility of the Year - Recognizes the golf facility that has played an important role in Section activities, as well as promotion of the game of the golf for men, ladies and juniors. Nominees: ArborLinks – Nebraska City; Champions Run - Omaha; Dakota Dunes CC – Dakota Dunes, SD; Omaha CC – Omaha; Wild Horse GC – Gothenburg; Wilderness Ridge GC – Lincoln. Sales Representative of the Year- Based on overall performance as a sales representative including product knowledge, service, professionalism, and involvement in Section activities. Nominees: Scott Bolmeier – Ogio International; Craig Cozby – PING; Mark Crowther – Titleist; Marc Cruse – LaserLink; Thad Franklin – Nike Golf; Jeremy Galbreth – Mizuno; Tod Puetz – TaylorMade; Steven Scheib – S R Scheib & Co.; Stan Sheffield – FootJoy. Assistant Professional of the Year - This award is based on overall performance as an assistant professional, including leadership, service and promotion of the game. Nominees: Tony Driscoll, PGA, Bent Tree GC; Derek Francois, PGA, Wilderness Ridge GC; Sonya Freese, PGA, Firethorn GC; Jeff Henry, PGA, The Country Club of Lincoln; Dawn Neujahr, PGA; Champions Run; Sean O’Neill, PGA, The Country Club of Lincoln; Jerad Palmer, PGA; Iron Horse GC; Karrie Van Ravenswaay, PGA, The Ridge GC. Player Development – Based on the PGA golf professional’s growth of the game leadership commitment at the Section and National levels and the impact made at the facility. Nominees: Joe Canny, PGA, Nebraska Section PGA; Chris Thomson, PGA, Wilderness Ridge GC.

Nebraska Section PGA | 8700 Executive Woods Dr., Ste 100 | Lincoln, NE 68512 | Ph: (402) 489-7760 | Fx: (402) 489-1785 | www.nebraskapga.com

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Nebraska Section PGA | 8700 Executive Woods Dr., Ste 100 | Lincoln, NE 68512 | Ph: (402) 489-7760 | Fx: (402) 489-1785 | www.nebraskapga.com

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The Section office is making a move to a new office suite located in downtown Lincoln. The “Big Move� is scheduled for the first week of December. Due to all the logistics involved in the move, the office will be closed from Thursday, November 28 through Monday, December 9. However the week of the 9th will still be a transition period so we will do our best to accommodate your needs if needed. We greatly appreciate your patience during this process. New Office Address: Nebraska Section PGA 610 J Street, Suite 10 Lincoln, NE 68508 All Section phone numbers and fax number will remain the same. 402-489-7760 402-489-1785 fax 800-743-3383

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Nebraska Section PGA | 8700 Executive Woods Dr., Ste 100 | Lincoln, NE 68512 | Ph: (402) 489-7760 | Fx: (402) 489-1785 | www.nebraskapga.com

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Nebraska Section PGA | 8700 Executive Woods Dr., Ste 100 | Lincoln, NE 68512 | Ph: (402) 489-7760 | Fx: (402) 489-1785 | www.nebraskapga.com

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Nebraska Section PGA | 8700 Executive Woods Dr., Ste 100 | Lincoln, NE 68512 | Ph: (402) 489-7760 | Fx: (402) 489-1785 | www.nebraskapga.com

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Nebraska Section PGA | 8700 Executive Woods Dr., Ste 100 | Lincoln, NE 68512 | Ph: (402) 489-7760 | Fx: (402) 489-1785 | www.nebraskapga.com

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Nebraska Section PGA | 8700 Executive Woods Dr., Ste 100 | Lincoln, NE 68512 | Ph: (402) 489-7760 | Fx: (402) 489-1785 | www.nebraskapga.com

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Nebraska Section PGA | 8700 Executive Woods Dr., Ste 100 | Lincoln, NE 68512 | Ph: (402) 489-7760 | Fx: (402) 489-1785 | www.nebraskapga.com

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Nebraska Section PGA | 8700 Executive Woods Dr., Ste 100 | Lincoln, NE 68512 | Ph: (402) 489-7760 | Fx: (402) 489-1785 | www.nebraskapga.com

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As 2013 winds down, one of two things may be happening in my estimation. Some of you are thinking, “Where did the year go?” The other thought process could be something like this, “Good riddance to 2013, let the snow fly and bring on 2014!” By some accounts, if not most, 2013 was not a banner year for rounds played due to the weather we encountered in the spring. The momentum we garnered from 2012 became a distant memory for some of us this spring. How did you react or how are you reacting now? The “woe is me” does not solve anything. It only adds to the dismay and potential restlessness that boards, owners, etc., may feel about this year. Your abilities as the “expert in the game and business of golf” may be under scrutiny and tested. If you have not had your year-end review or do not have one scheduled - get it scheduled TODAY! But, and it is a big but, you must have a good plan and be prepared to make a presentation for this review. Is that what is holding you up? If so, I have tools and resources to assist you. The Christmas Holiday is fast approaching. I am hopeful that you are able to enjoy family and friends during this special time of year. I want you to know, I am willing, ready and able to assist you in whatever way I can - even if you just need an ear to listen to you.

Bruce Lubach, PGA Employment Consultant

Bruce Lubach, PGA, is the PGA of America Employment Consultant for the sections of Iowa, Midwest, Minnesota and Nebraska. He can be reached at 402.261.3604 or blubach@pgahq.com.

Nebraska Section PGA | 8700 Executive Woods Dr., Ste 100 | Lincoln, NE 68512 | Ph: (402) 489-7760 | Fx: (402) 489-1785 | www.nebraskapga.com

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PGA Financial Assistance Scholarship Fund Information PGA Financial Assistance Fund Scholarship Program Fact Sheet Graduating high school seniors and college students who are the children or grandchildren of PGA members are invited to apply online at the home page (before you log in) of PGALinks.com to be considered for financial support for college through the PGA Financial Assistance Fund Scholarship Program. The scholarship program is an academic based scholarship program that takes into account the following depending on the class level of the student: High School Graduating Senior - High School Cumulative Grade Point Average – must be at least 3.4 (60% of the scholarship weighting scale). This number is to be an unweighted GPA based on a 4.0 scale. ACT and/or SAT test scores (30% of the scholarship weighting scale) Extracurricular activities in high school such as sports, clubs, student government, community service, part time employment, etc. (10% of the scholarship weighting scale). Current College Student (has not reached their

2014 PGA/USGA Rules of Golf Workshops Schedule

senior year in college) - College Cumulative Grade Point Average – must be at least 3.4 (60% of the scholarship weighting scale) Most recently completed college semester or quarter GPA (30% of the scholarship weighting scale) Extracurricular activities in college such as sports, clubs, student government, community service, part time employment, etc. (10% of the scholarship weighting scale) 2 New Changes for 2014!!! 20% of funding will take in to account financial need, please see details in Financial Need Section of application AND beginning with 2014 graduating high school seniors (incoming Freshman in Fall of 2014) the total number of scholarships a student can receive will be limited to 2 total scholarships over the 4 years of undergraduate college attendance. Click here for the full Fact Sheet. Click here for additional tips to search for scholarships Click here for College Preparation Assistance

PGA TOUR, PGA of America Announce New Joint Initiatives

PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem and PGA of America President Ted Bishop today announced a significant expansion in cooperative initiatives that benefit the membership of both organizations and help grow the game of golf. Among them, Bishop said, is The PGA of America’s intention to increase the PGA Championship’s purse to $10 million, which will equal that of THE PLAYERS Championship as the highest in professional golf. Click here to view the full schedule including workshop course descriptions

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Nebraska Section PGA | 8700 Executive Woods Dr., Ste 100 | Lincoln, NE 68512 | Ph: (402) 489-7760 | Fx: (402) 489-1785 | www.nebraskapga.com

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COMPLIMENTARY ACCESS

2014 RYDER CUP: Sept. 23-28 Gleneagles Perthshire, Scotland - Class A PGA members, Life members and Master Professional members only can submit an application for one (1) daily complimentary ticket plus one (1) daily complimentary guest ticket. Note: Guests must attend the same day(s) as the PGA member. However, the guest can vary from day to day. Ticket includes free parking in a designated area. DOWNLOAD THE FORM, which must be completed in order to obtain tickets to the 40th Ryder Cup. Deadline date to submit the application is June 1, 2014. 41st Ryder Cup: Sept, 2016; Hazeltine National Golf Club, Chaska, Minn. Visit RyderCup.com Get Tickets Shop Gear

Online Registration Opens for the 2014 PGA Merchandise Show 61st Annual Event Features New Day Pattern, Tuesday—Friday, January 21-24, 2014 PGA Professionals are now able to register to attend the 2014 PGA Merchandise Show, January 21-24, in Orlando, Fla., online at www.PGAShow.com. Housing reservations also are now available online for PGA Show official hotels at www.PGAShow.com/hotel-travel. The PGA Merchandise Show, the international golf industry’s annual business gathering for 60 years, has a new day schedule for 2014. The PGA Show Outdoor Demo Day at Orange County National Golf Center begins PGA Show Week on Tuesday, Jan. 21, with PGA Show exhibits, demonstrations, education seminars, special events and industry presentations at the Orange County Convention Center being held Wednesday through Friday, Jan. 22-24. Attendance at the PGA Merchandise Show is restricted to golf trade affiliates, commercial buyers and sellers of golf related products and services only. PGA Members and allied golf association members may register with their membership identification at the time of registration. (Golf industry personnel and first-time buyers seeking admission to the show must submit at least two forms of industry identification at the time of registration.) There is no registration fee for PGA Professionals. About the PGA Merchandise Show The 61st PGA Merchandise Show, held January 21-24, 2014, in Orlando, Fla., will welcome some 1,000 top golf companies and brands and more than 40,000 industry professionals from around the world to the industry’s annual global summit for the business of golf. The PGA Show Outdoor Demo Day, the world’s largest professional golf testing event, will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at the Orange County National Golf Center. During PGA Show days, Jan. 22-24 at the Orange County Convention Center, PGA Professionals, retailers and industry leaders will uncover the latest trends, source the newest golf merchandise, test the latest equipment, learn proven business best practices, network among peers and move forward the business of the game. The PGA Merchandise Show is organized in partnership with The PGA of America as a trade – only event. Learn more about the event at www.PGAShow.com. For special registration assistance, please call 1.800.840.5628.

Nebraska Section PGA | 8700 Executive Woods Dr., Ste 100 | Lincoln, NE 68512 | Ph: (402) 489-7760 | Fx: (402) 489-1785 | www.nebraskapga.com

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December Birthdays

STAFF David Honnens, PGA Executive Director dhonnens@pgahq.com

Thomas Harmon, PGA Tournament Director tharmon@pgahq.com

Joe Canny, PGA Junior Golf Director/ Player Development Coordinator jcanny@pgahq.com

Renee Tyson Administrative Assistant rtyson@pgahq.com

Nebraska Section PGA | 8700 Executive Woods Dr., Ste 100 | Lincoln, NE 68512 | Ph: (402) 489-7760 | Fx: (402) 489-1785 | www.nebraskapga.com

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Nebraska PGA November 2013 Newsletter