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In This Issue… Letter from NJGT Director … 2 FootGolf Championship … 3 Tournament Results … 4-6 Points Standings … 7 TEAM GOLF … 8 Tournament Schedule … 10-11 Photo Highlights … 12-19 Special Features … 20 Fitness Facts … 24 Fore! Program… 25


Welcome

From the Desk of NGJT Director Joe Canny, PGA

Two weeks into our season and we are already seeing fireworks on tour! I’ve been able to make it to six of these first events and have been so impressed not only with the level of golf but also the high level of sportsmanship. We are so proud to have you wearing your NJGT gear and bag tag around playing golf. You represent the tour and yourselves great! I wanted to remind all members that they have access to an amazing deal with the FORE! Program. Run by the Nebraska Golf Foundation, FORE! Membership gives young golfers like yourselves access to courses all over the state for only $4 per round. This coupled with the free golf being hosted at all City of Omaha Municipality 9-hole golf courses removes the cost barrier that can make golf inaccessible. I’d encourage each of you to take advantage of these wonderful opportunities. Make sure to take your friends out to the City of Omaha Municipality 9-hole courses for free golf! Sincerely, Joe Canny, PGA Junior Golf Director – NJGT (402) 730-8364 jcanny@njgt.org @theNJGT

You can register for the FORE! Program by clicking here.

Learn more about the City of Omaha Free Golf Program by clicking here.

Cover Photo: NJGT Farmers Mutual Event at Eagle Run GC. Follow all of the latest Nebraska Junior Golf action on Facebook!

Visit www.NJGT.org to check out the 2014 schedule and more!

Questions? Contact NJGT: Ph: (402) 730-8364 E: jcanny@njgt.org


Click Here to Download the Entry Form & View the Rules

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NJGT Event Results

June 2nd - June 13th

Click HERE to view scores from each event.

NJGT Event at Crooked Creek GC, June 2nd Age Division

Top 3 Finishers

Boys 9 –Hole, 7-8

1- Smeal, Cannon

2- Smeal, Jett

3- Humphrey, Alex

Boys 9 –Hole, 9-11

1– Richard Orth III

T2– Kody Sander

T2– Parker Jones

Boys 18 –Hole, 12-13

T1– Hunter Hall

T1– Steven Strasheim

3– Harrison Holloway

Boys 18 –Hole, 14-15

1– Jackson Hayes

2– Alex Zillig

3– Nate Vontz

Boys 18 –Hole, 16+

1– Reid Frank

2– James Brubaker

3– Jacob Wright

Girls 9 –Hole, 9-11

1– Lauren Thiele

2– Neely Adler

3– Taylor Van Ostrand

Girls 9 –Hole, 12-13

1– Megan Whittaker

2- Aspen Luebbe

3– Sadie Steele

Girls 18 –Hole, 14-15

1– Lindsey Thiele

2– Haley Wineman

3– Lidia Jons

Girls 18 –Hole, 16+

1– Maddie Whitehead

2– Klaire Nuttelman

3– Adigail Fahleson

NJGT Event at Indianhead GC, June 2nd Age Division

Top 3 Finishers

Boys 9 –Hole, 7-8

1- Bowdie Fox

2- Riley Holling

3- Jack Jacobs

Boys 9 –Hole, 9-11

1- Alexander Schademann

2- Blake Barner

3 - William Goering

Boys 18 –Hole, 12-13

1 - Jake Ellis

T2 - Brett Jelinek

T2 - Griffin Hendricks

Boys 18 –Hole, 14-15

T1 - Reece Rhodes

T1 - Kort Steele

3 - Eshan Sood

Boys 18 –Hole, 16+

1 - Ryan Clark

2 - Nick Nabower

3 - Cody Troudt

Girls 9 –Hole, 9-11

1 - Lilly Zoellner

2 - Hailey Kenkel

Girls 9 –Hole, 12-13

1 - Danica Badura

Girls 18 –Hole, 14-15

1 - Faith Harris

2 - Frankie Hendricks

3 - Madeline Murray

Girls 18 –Hole, 16+

1 - Morgan Thiele

2 - Leigh Uhing

3 - Paige Kristensen

NJGT Event at Highlands GC, June 3rd Age Division

Top 3 Finishers

Boys 9 –Hole, 7-8

1 - Alex Humphrey

Boys 9 –Hole, 9-11

T1 - Richard Orth III

T1 - Rockney Peck

T3 - Parker Jones T3 - Alexander Schademann

Boys 18 –Hole, 12-13

1 - Steven Strasheim

2 - Hunter Hall

3 - Luke Gutschewski

Boys 18 –Hole, 14-15

1 - Patrick Clare

2 - Eshan Sood

3 - Reece Rhodes

Boys 18 –Hole, 16+

1 - Austin Murray

2 - Nick Nabower

3 - Clay Rathman

Girls 9 –Hole, 9-11

1 - Neely Adler

2 - Ansley Sothan

3 - Taylor Van Ostrand

Girls 9 –Hole, 12-13

1 - Brynn Sundquist

2 - Sadie Steele

Girls 18 –Hole, 14-15

1 - Kristen Baete

2 - Lidia Jons

3 - Madeline Murray

Girls 18 –Hole, 16+

1 - Emma Jacoby

2 - Megan Mueting

3 - Abigail Fahleson 4


NJGT Event at Quail Run GC, June 5th Age Division

Top 3 Finishers

Boys 9 –Hole, 7-8

1 - Tyson Wingate

Boys 9 –Hole, 9-11

1 - Rockney Peck

2 - Alexander Schademann

3 - Rex Soulliere

Boys 18 –Hole, 12-13

1 - Reed Malleck

2 - Griffin Hendricks

3 - Chase Munson

Boys 18 –Hole, 14-15

1 - Trevor Kosch

2 - Cabe DeBower

3 - Kellen Rossman

Boys 18 –Hole, 16+

1 - Ryan Clark

2 - Brandon Johnston

3 - Jacob Wright

Girls 9 –Hole, 9-11

1 - Lauren Bosh

2 - Adelaide Witte

Girls 9 –Hole, 12-13

1 - Georgia Witte

2 - Emma Witte

Girls 18 –Hole, 14-15

1 - Emerson Belitz

2 - Frankie Hendricks

3 - Faith Harris

Girls 18 –Hole, 16+

1 - Mary High

2 - Paige Kristensen

3 - Elizabeth Preister

NJGT Premier Event at Table Creek GC, June 6th Age Division

Top 3 Finishers

Boys 18 –Hole, 12-13

1 - Luke Gutschewski

2 - Chris Rasmussen

3 - Jason Cruise Jr.

Boys 18 –Hole, 14-15

1 - Trevor Kosch

2 - Luke Kluver

3 - Kellen Rossman

Boys 18 –Hole, 16+

1 - Austin Murray

2 - Noah Hofman

3 - Matthew Unruh

Girls 18 –Hole, 14-15

1 - Samantha Knight

2 - Lacie Fox

3 - Lindsey Thiele

Girls 18 –Hole, 16+

1 - Hannah Thiele

2 - Haley Thiele

3 - Megan Vetrovsky

NJGT Event at Sunset Valley CC, June 9th Age Division

Top 3 Finishers

Boys 9 –Hole, 7-8

1 - Udyat Sarangdevot

2 - Trevor Gutschewski

3 - Jackson Benge

Boys 9 –Hole, 9-11

1 - Rex Soulliere

2 - Connor Steichen

3 - Jake Boor

Boys 18 –Hole, 12-13

1 - Luke Gutschewski

2 - Joshua Kramer

3 - Josh Peters

Boys 18 –Hole, 14-15

1 - Peyton Koch

2 - Nick Opsahl

3 - Mitchell Neujahr

Boys 18 –Hole, 16+

1 - Aaron Lirette

2 - Aren Rendell

Girls 9 –Hole, 7-8

1 - June Mullen

2 - Julia Karmazin

Girls 9 –Hole, 9-11

1 - Neely Adler

2 - Pari Sarangdevot

3 - Emily Karmazin

Girls 9 –Hole, 12-13

1 - Brynn Sundquist

2 - Anna Boor

3 - Jazmine Taylor

Girls 18 –Hole, 14-15

1 - Abby Hermanek

2 - Ally Hermanek

3 - Peyton Savington

Girls 18 –Hole, 16+

1 - Cecilia London

NJGT Event at Westwood Heights, June 10th Age Division

Top 3 Finishers

Boys 9 –Hole, 7-8

1 - Udyat Sarangdevot

2 - Trevor Gutschewski

3 - Tyson Wingate

Boys 9 –Hole, 9-11

1 - Jake Boor

2 - Dylan Lahey

3 - Richard Orth III

Boys 18 –Hole, 12-13

1 - Luke Gutschewski

T2 - Joshua Kramer

T2 - Hunter Hall

Boys 18 –Hole, 14-15

1 - Jay Swanson

2 - Grant Hallstrom

3 - Nick Opsahl

Boys 18 –Hole, 16+

1 - Alex Furjanic

2 - Tanner Reed

3 - Brook Klinetobe

Girls 9 –Hole, 7-8

1 - June Mullen

2 - Julia Karmazin

Girls 9 –Hole, 9-11

1 - Emily Karmazin

2 - Pari Sarangdevot

3 - Isabelle Gutschewski

Girls 9 –Hole, 12-13

1 - Brynn Sundquist

2 - Madison Glock

3 - Anna Boor

Girls 18 –Hole, 14-15

1 - Alexis Rose

2 - Peyton Savington

3 - Tammy Wang 5


NJGT Event at Meadowlark Hill GC, June 11th Age Division

Top 3 Finishers

Boys 9 –Hole, 7-8

1 - Riley Holling

2 - Caleb Castillo

Boys 9 –Hole, 9-11

1 - Brodie Darnell

2 - Ian Beilby

3 - Marcus Holling

Boys 18 –Hole, 12-13

1 - Griffin Wright

2 - Ryan Weiss

3 - Dylan Richman

Boys 18 –Hole, 14-15

1 - Tucker Krzycki

2 - Reece Rhodes

3 - Cabe DeBower

Boys 18 –Hole, 16+

1 - Ryan Clark

2 - Jay Cottam

3 - Alex Fritz

Girls 9 –Hole, 7-8

1 - Makinley Mitchell

Girls 9 –Hole, 9-11

1 - Lilly Zoellner

Girls 9 –Hole, 12-13

1 - Addison Marie Mitchell

2 - Anna Cafferty

3 - Harley Hiltibrand

Girls 18 –Hole, 14-15

1 - Madeline Murray

2 - Faith Harris

3 - Erika Smith

Girls 18 –Hole, 16+

1 - Megan Vetrovsky

2 - Morgan Thiele

3 - Leigh Uhing

NJGT Event at Centura Hills GC, June 12th Age Division

Top 3 Finishers

Boys 9 –Hole, 7-8

1- Riley Holling

2 - Jack Jacobs

Boys 9 –Hole, 9-11

1 - Alexander Schademann

2 - William Goering

3 - Marcus Holling

Boys 18 –Hole, 12-13

1 - Jack Goering

2 - Blake Thiele

3 - Jake Ellis

Boys 18 –Hole, 14-15

1 - Reece Rhodes

T2 - Tucker Krzycki

T2 - Mitchell Kuhlman

Boys 18 –Hole, 16+

1 - Nick Nabower

2 - Hunter Quinn

3 - Kyon Neal

Girls 9 –Hole, 9-11

1 - Paige Pehrson

Girls 9 –Hole, 12-13

1 - Aspen Luebbe

2 - Anna Cafferty

Girls 18 –Hole, 16+

1 - Mallarie Fila

2 - Emily Jeffers

3 - Paige Johnson

NJGT Event at Eagle Run GC, June 12th Age Division

Top 3 Finishers

Boys 9 –Hole, 7-8

1 - Udyat Sarangdevot

2 - Jett Smeal

3 - Cannon Smeal

Boys 9 –Hole, 9-11

1 - Connor Steichen

2 - PJ Davis

3 - Aden Pesicka

Boys 18 –Hole, 12-13

1 - Jason Cruise Jr.

2 - Luke Gutschewski

3 - Carson Blecke

Boys 18 –Hole, 14-15

1 - George Farner

2 - Ryan Leath

3 - Ryan Hayes

Boys 18 –Hole, 16+

1 - Alex Furjanic

2 - Jon Tschida

3 - Max Langenfeld

Girls 9 –Hole, 7-8

1 - Julia Karmazin

2 - June Mullen

Girls 9 –Hole, 9-11

1 - Lauren Thiele

2 - Kaitlyn Hanna

3 - Neel Adler

Girls 9 –Hole, 12-13

1 - Brynn Sundquist

2 - Megan Whittaker

3 - Anna Boor

Girls 18 –Hole, 14-15

1 - Kristin Goertz

2 - Lindsey Thiele

3 - Spencer Roach

Girls 18 –Hole, 16+

1 - Mallory Huck

2 - Elizabeth Preister

3 - Briana Hanley

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Path to The Prairie Club This year’s 18-hole division NJGT Championship will be hosted at The Prairie Club in Valentine, Nebraska. The Prairie Club has received remarkable praise with both courses currently ranked in Top 100 Resort Courses (Golf Week), with the Dunes Course ranked as high as #19. It also received a spot on the Top 100 Courses You Can Play from Golf Magazine. The Prairie Club annually supports junior golf in Nebraska, South Dakota and Western Iowa and in 2014 will host the NJGT Championship for the 18-Hole Divisions. To keep up to date on the current points race and learn more about the NJGT Points System visit http://www.njgt.org/ background/. Boys 12-13

Boys 14-15

Player Gutschewski, Luke Hall, Hunter Strasheim, Steven Rasmussen, Chris Kramer, Joshua Cruise Jr, Jason Saltzman, Ari Peters, Josh Truscott, Jack Holloway, Harrison

Points 330.0 261.0 210.0 190.0 180.0 175.0 175.0 174.0 168.0 166.0

Player Rhodes, Reece Rossman, Kellen Zillig, Alex Kosch, Trevor Vontz, Nate Clanton, Harrison DeBower, Cabe Farner, George Badura, Caleb Hayes, Jackson

Points 245.0 170.0 157.0 150.0 149.0 134.0 131.0 126.0 125.5 125.0

Player Murray, Austin Clark, Ryan Brubaker, James Nabower, Nick Frank, Reid Wright, Jacob Tschida, Jon Earnest, Blake Rathman, Clay Furjanic, Alex

Girls 16+

Girls 14-15

Boys 16+ Points 150.0 150.0 147.0 140.0 135.5 134.0 116.0 111.0 107.0 100.0

Player Thiele, Lindsey Knight, Samantha Savington, Peyton Dean, Gillian Fox, Lacie Jons, Lidia Murray, Madeline Smith, Erika Hendricks, Frankie Roach, Spencer

Points 175.0 145.0 145.0 144.0 140.0 135.0 130.0 128.0 125.0 110.0

Player Nuttelman, Klaire Fila, Mallarie Fahleson, Abigail Vetrovsky, Megan Preister, Elizabeth Thiele, Hannah McShane, Kaitlynn Thiele, Morgan Thiele, Haley Huck, Mallory

Points 198.0 132.0 126.0 125.0 115.0 100.0 95.0 95.0 90.0 90.0

Race to Wilderness Ridge The 9-hole division championship will be hosted on the executive course of Wilderness Ridge Golf Club in Lincoln, Nebraska. The home course of the University of Nebraska Husker Golf Teams, Wilderness Ridge hosts a variety of other championships including a Web.com Pre-Qualifier (Q-School), Nebraska PGA Championships, NAIA National Women’s Championship and more. The executive course is the perfect place to end the season featuring a wonderful course and great amenities. You can learn more about the points system and stay in touch with your current standing at http://www.njgt.org/background/. Boys 7-8 Player Sarangdevot, Udyat Holling, Riley Gutschewski, Trevor Wingate, Tyson Humphrey, Alex Smeal, Jett Smeal, Cannon Jacobs, Jack Fox, Bowdie Castillo, Caleb

Boys 9-11 Points 200.0 145.0 140.0 140.0 135.0 130.0 125.0 85.0 50.0 45.0

Girls 7-8

Player Points Player Schademann, Alexander 225.0 Karmazin, Julia Orth III, Richard 207.0 Mullen, June Steichen, Connor 195.0 Mitchell, MaKinley Jones, Parker 193.0 Soulliere, Rex 170.0 Boor, Jake 160.0 Peck, Rockney 135.0 Reisinger, Aaron 130.0 Pesicka, Aden 124.0 Lahey, Dylan 117.0

Girls 9-11 Points 190.0 190.0 50.0

Player Adler, Neely Sarangdevot, Pari Karmazin, Emily Sothan, Ansley Witte, Adelaide Thiele, Lauren Zoellner, Lilly Pesicka, Izabella Van Ostrand, Taylor Carcel, Lilianna

Girls 12-13 Points 235.0 175.0 170.0 125.0 103.0 100.0 100.0 98.0 80.0 75.0

Player Sundquist, Brynn Luebbe, Aspen Witte, Emma Steele, Sadie Witte, Georgia Boor, Anna Whittaker, Megan Cafferty, Anna Glock, Madison Taylor, Jazmine

Points 250.0 170.0 127.0 125.0 113.0 95.0 95.0 90.0 75.0 75.0

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TEAM GOLF Leaderboard Often called Nebraska’s Home for Junior Golf, Fremont Golf Club is the host of the first ever NJGT TEAM GOLF Championship. A 16-team field of our top TEAM GOLF teams will compete in a pooled competition ending in a round robin championship for the coveted NJGT TEAM GOLF Championship Belt. Click HERE to view the TEAM GOLF schedule. Recent Results NJGT TEAM GOLF Event at Elmwood Park GC, June 3rd

NJGT TEAM GOLF Event at Mahoney GC, June 10th

Top 3 Finishers Happy Hollow Club Hotsticks (White)

Top 3 Finishers Jackrabbit Run Jackals

Total Score 45

Total Score 46

Champions Run Blue Jays

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Country Club of Lincoln Crusaders

45

GolfTEC Gators

36

The Pines Country Club Falcons

42

Photos on page 17!

Points Standings Place Name

Points

1

Fremont Bombers

215

2

West Nine & Learning Center Niners

175

3

Wilderness Ridge Eagles

170

4

Hillcrest CC Hornets

145

5

The Pines Country Club Falcons

140

6

Firethorn CC Rebels

135

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THE JOURNEY TO AUGUSTA NATIONAL GOLF CLUB BEGINS WITH ONE SWING…

Local Qualifiers OMAHA Saturday, June 28th Eagle Hills Golf Club

GRAND ISLAND Friday, July 11th Riverside Golf Club

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Drive, Chip & Putt Champion-

Open to boys & girls ages 7-15.

ships are a free and nation-

Boys & girls will compete in separate

wide skills competition brought to you by the Masters Tourna-

divisions in four age categories: 7-9, 10-11, 12-13 and 14-15

ment Foundation, United States Golf Association and

Professional Golfers Association of America. Concluding at

Age as of Sunday, April 5, 2015 will determine age. Local qualifiers in Nebraska will

Augusta National Golf Club the

move on to the Sub-Regional in

Sunday before the Masters Tournaments, this competition

Omaha and Regional in Kansas City. Winners of each division in

has now come to Nebraska!

Kansas City move on to Augusta

Registration Opens April 6th!

National for the Championship.

REGISTER TODAY

NJGT.ORG/REGISTRATION/

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*Please Note Please note the change in our Yankee Hill Country Club GolfTEC Premier Event. Due to circumstances outside the control of the NJGT and the Yankee Hill team the originally scheduled date will no longer work. Yankee Hill is extremely accommodating allowing us to come out on the only open date on the junior golf schedule, July 3rd. I apologize for any inconvenience and frustration this may cause and thank you for your understanding.

DATE

SITE

CITY

DEADLINE

June 26

Benson Park GC

Omaha

June 18

June 27

Sioux City CC

Sioux City, IA

June 19

June 30

GolfTEC Premier at The Pines CC

Valley

June 22

July 1

York CC

York

June 23

July 2

Tiburon GC

Gretna

June 24

July 3

GolfTEC Premier at Yankee Hill CC*

Lincoln

June 25

July 7

GolfTEC Premier at Kearney CC

Kearney

June 29

July 8

Woodland Hills GC

Eagle

June 30

July 8

Old Dane GC

Dakota City

June 30

July 9

Tregaron

Bellevue

July 1

July 9

Knolls CC

Lincoln

July 1

July 10-11

Central Nebraska Junior Amateur Jackrabbit Run & Riverside CC

Grand Island

July 2

July 14

Green Valley GC

Sioux City, IA

July 6

July 15

Pioneers GC

Lincoln

July 7

July 16

Awarii Dunes

Axtell

July 8

July 16

Council Bluffs CC

Council Bluffs, IA

July 8

July 17

Mahoney GC

Lincoln

July 9

July 18

Wildwood GC

Nebraska City

July 10

July 21

Tara Hills GC

Papillion

July 13

July 21

Hidden Valley GC

Lincoln

July 13

July 22

Heritage Hills GC

McCook

July 14

July 22

Willow Lakes GC

Bellevue

July 14

July 24

College Heights

Crete

July 16

July 24

Indian Trails GC

Beemer

July 16

July 27-28

NJGT Championship - The Prairie Club

Valentine

Invitation

July 29

Wildhorse GC

Gothenburg

July 21

July 30

Stone Creek GC

Omaha

July 22

August 1

NJGT Championship - Wilderness Ridge Lincoln

This event was originally scheduled for June 4th and has been postponed until July 16th

Invitation

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Date

Site

City

Deadline

June 26

River Wilds GC

Blair

June 18

July 2

Miracle Hill Golf & Tennis

Omaha

June 24

July 8

Fox Run GC

Yankton, SD

June 30

July 9

Crooked Creek GC

Lincoln

July 1

July 16

Pacific Springs GC

Omaha

July 8

July 22

LeMars GC

LeMars, IA

July 14

July 24

Jackrabbit Run GC

Grand Island

July 16

July 30

Two Rivers GC

North Sioux City, SD

July 22

August 6

Championship - Fremont GC

Fremont

Invitation

Other Local Junior Golf Championships Boy’s 2014 Championships

Date

Event

Site

Deadline

June 25

Nebraska Section Junior PGA Championship (12 & Under) conducted by the Nebraska PGA

Jim Ager GC, Lincoln

June 18

June 29-30

Little Junior Amateur Championship (6-11) conducted by the Nebraska Golf Association

Sunset Valley CC, Omaha

TBD

July 8-9

Nebraska Section Junior PGA Championship (13-18) conducted by the Nebraska PGA

Wilderness Ridge GC, Lincoln

July 1

July 14-16

Nebraska Junior Amateur Championship conducted by the Nebraska Golf Association

Beatrice CC , Beatrice

July 8

Girl’s 2014 Championships

Date

Event

Site

Deadline

June 25

Nebraska Section Junior PGA Championship (12 & Under) conducted by the Nebraska PGA

Jim Ager GC, Lincoln

June 18

June 29-30

Little Junior Amateur Championship (6-11) conducted by the Nebraska Golf Association

Sunset Valley CC, Omaha

TBD

July 8-9

Nebraska Section Junior PGA Championship (13-18) conducted by the Nebraska PGA

Wilderness Ridge GC, Lincoln

July 1

July 14-16

Nebraska Girls’ Amateur Championship conducted by the Nebraska Golf Association

Beatrice CC , Beatrice

July 8

Click HERE to view registration information for these events.

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NJGT Event at Crooked Creek GC, June 2nd

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NJGT Event at Quail Run GC, June 5th

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NJGT Premier Event at Table Creek GC, June 6th

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NJGT Event at Sunset Valley CC, June 9th

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NJGT Event at Westwood Heights, June 10th

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NJGT TEAM GOLF Event at Mahoney GC, June 10th

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NJGT Event at Centura Hill GC, June 12th

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NJGT Event at Eagle Run GC, June 12th

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‘s Tour Tips

Featured Facility Sioux City Country Club Sioux City IA

In 1908, Thomas M. Bendelow, then an aspiring golf course architect and now known as one of America’s greatest pioneers of golf course architecture, designed the golf course at Sioux City Country Club. This par 72, 18-hole golf course, ranging from 4890 to 6400 yards, designed to be challenging for all levels of players. And now the Sioux City Country Club is opening its doors to junior golfers in the NJGT! The Sioux City Country Club has played host to the prestigious PGA Junior Series, the United States premier national junior golf tour. It is also personally one of my (Joe Canny, PGA) favorite golf courses in America and would strongly recommend making the short drive north. The course features tree-lined fairways, beautiful water fixtures and always ideal conditions. I promise you will love playing this golf course and the family will enjoy following along and taking in the beauty the landscape provides. You still have time to register for the Sioux City Country Club’s June 27th NJGT Event! You can learn more about the club at SCCountryClub.com.

We want to start off by congratulating all the golfers who competed in the first GolfTEC Premier Event of the season at The Golf Club at Table Creek. Amazing scores on a tough course! This issue’s GolfTEC Tour Tip relates to sand bunkers. We have found that many junior golfers fear the bunker and struggle in this part of the game. But we are here to help! Playing the ball out of the bunker can actually be one of the easier shots in golf if you know how to play it. You see many PGA and LPGA Tour Professionals fire right at bunkers without fear. You will soon too!

Steps for Success in a Bunker: 1. Establish firm footing 2. Take an open stance A. This restricts your backswing length and steepens the swing 3. Open the clubface to match the address position 4. Ball forward 5. Weight more on front foot 6. Match the length of your backswing and length of your follow-through 7. Strike the sand from 2-4” behind the ball A. Closer to 2” for longer shots and 4” for shorter blasts 8. Do not let the clubface close 9. ACCELERATE! A great drill to work on distance control is the ladder drill. Many of you already do this with putting but try and apply that same principle to bunker practice. You will find ways to adjust your distance whether it is the amount of sand you take or how open your face is. If you have any questions about bunker play or any part of your game, make sure to visit your PGA Professionals at GolfTEC in Omaha! We love supporting the Nebraska Junior Golf Tour each season and look forward to seeing you at a GolfTEC Premier Event this summer. To learn more about GolfTEC of Omaha please click HERE.

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Send Us Your “Swoosh” Moments In each of the NJGT Junior Newsletters, we will be featuring NJGT members wearing and using gear from NIKE GOLF, presenting sponsor of the Nebraska Junior Golf Tour. Show off your swoosh videos and pictures by posting them to the NJGT Facebook Page or on Twitter by using #theNJGT.

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Download this Free Mobile App: Started right here in Nebraska by a Cornhusker, GolfStatus is a free mobile app that captures a golfer’s moments of achievement. Golfers can earn free golf, merchandise, exclusive deals, and more just by posting their scores. Using GolfStatus you can also post all your scores to your GHIN Handicap provided by the Nebraska Junior Golf Tour. It is a cool new way to keep records of your game while practicing, have parents track your round while watching at an NJGT event and possibly win some prizes along the way. I see many of you are already using this application and I love following our golfers. If you haven’t created an account you can register online or download the GolfStatus App in the App Store or Marketplace.

Site Director Spotlight ~ Hap Gay NJGT Market: Lincoln Hometown: None (Grew up in a Military Family) Resides In: Lincoln Occupation: Retired USAF. Currently volunteers for the Nebraska PGA, CASA for Lancaster County and Lincoln Foster Care Review Board Hobbies: Golf, Computer Programming and Military History Favorite Golf Moment: Bumping into Lanny Watkins when he was out watching his son play in the PGA Pre-Qualifier at Yankee Hill several years ago Favorite Golf Course: Riviera Country Club. The course I learned to play golf on as a teenager.

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Fitness Facts Presented by The PGA Sports Academy powered by UnitedHealthcare Many NJGT Golfers are looking to hit the ball longer. Golf strength exercises not only help you gain distance with your drives but also help with muscle fatigue and distance consistency. Below are a few golf specific exercises sure to help you gain those extra yards! Remember to stretch before and after any strength training exercise and never lift beyond your means.

Dumbbell Squats to Shoulder Press A traditional squat with dumbbell weights over your shoulders. When you extend your legs you raise your arms with the dumbbells.

Tricep Dips

Bench Press

Dumbbell Chest Fly

Side Lunges Rows with Resistance Bands

To find a PGA Sports Academy program near you, visit PlayGolfAmerica.com.

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Play More with FORE! What is FORE!?

As an extension of other initiatives that first introduce the game, the Nebraska Golf Association created FORE!, an access program that provides junior golfers the opportunity to play golf more frequently at participating NGA member clubs during the months of May, June, July and August. FORE! members can play participating courses across the state for just $4 per round.

Who’s eligible for FORE! membership?

FORE! is not simply a discount card. Although the NGA wants to be as inclusive as possible it also wants members that have been introduced to the game through some sort of instruction and have a basic understanding of both the Rules of Golf and proper Etiquette. That said we require that FORE! applicants meet the following age and eligibility criteria: Age: No minimum age, a golfer is no longer eligible for membership once they hit the date of September 1 following graduation from secondary school (high school). Eligibility: Golfer must meet one of four eligibility requirements that meet the criteria of proper introduction:

• 2014 participant in one of the following certified programs: First Tee; Golf ‘N’ Schools; Great Golf Expectations; LPGA/USGA Girls Golf; NGA Youth on Course; Nebraska Junior Golf Tour; Panhandle Junior Golf Tour and PGA/USGA Sports Academy.

• 2014 participant in a junior golf program at an NGA member club. • 2013-2014 high school golf team participant • Other golfers approved by senior official at NGA member club (i.e. PGA Professional or Club Manager).

How do eligible golfers join the FORE! program?

Applications are available on the FORE! web site (nebgolf.org/FORE), in both paper and online forms. The fee for membership is $10, and in addition to their membership cards, FORE! members receive a NGA membership.

Where can FORE! rounds be played?

FORE! is a statewide initiative in 2014, and is available in most regions of the state with over 40 participating golf courses. For a full list of participating courses, including contact information, please visit the FORE! website at nebgolf.org/ FORE.

How is the FORE! program funded?

The FORE! program is funded by the Nebraska Golf Foundation, whose mission is to promote the growth of golf in Nebraska with an emphasis on making the game and its life-enhancing values accessible to youth. A sizable donation was made to the NGF from the 2013 U.S. Senior Open Championship in support of FORE! In addition, the NGF earmarks a portion of its own fundraising efforts to support the program.

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Nebraska Junior Golf Newsletter - June 15, 2014