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Click PLAY to get into the minds of some of our favorite Nike athletes as they share their putt-sinking secrets! In This Issue… Junior Tour Results … 1-4 Meet the Field Directors … 4, 16 Event Photos … 6-11 NJGT Schedule … 12 Tournament News … 13-17 Game Ideas … 18 Fore! Program … 20


NJGT Event Results

May 29th - June 18th

Click HERE to view scores from each event.

NJGT Event at Holmes Park GC, May 29th Age Division

Top 3 Finishers

Boys 9 –Hole, 7-8

1-Parker Jones, Omaha

Boys 9 –Hole, 9-11

1-Steven Strasheim, Lincoln

2-PJ Davis, Omaha

3-Zach Haggstrom, Glenwood

Boys 18 –Hole, 12-13

1-Evan Rich, Lincoln

2-Greyson Skrobecki, Waverly

3-Jackson Hayes, Omaha

Boys 18 –Hole, 14-15

1-Nolan Thomas Maschka, Omaha 2-Mitch Grosserode, Lincoln

3-Carson King, Kearney

Boys 18 –Hole, 16+

1-Ben Maschka, Omaha

2-Carter Rau, Lincoln

T3-Baylor Bond, Lincoln

Girls 9 –Hole, 7-8

1-Neely Adler, Lincoln

Girls 9 –Hole, 9-11

1-Brynn Sundquist, Lincoln

Girls 9 –Hole, 12-13

1-Frankie Hendricks, Clarks

2-Kristin Goertz, Omaha

3-Allison Temple, Norfolk

Girls 18 –Hole, 14-15

1-Emily Jezewski, Omaha

2-Allison Vondra, Papillion

3-Kaitlynn Mcshane, Bennington

Girls 18 –Hole, 16+

1-Chloe Foote, Lincoln

2-Madeleine Koenig, Lincoln

3-Jordyn Wendlandt, Omaha

Nike Golf Junior Four-Ball at Indian Trails CC, May 30th Age Division

Top 3 Finishers

Boys 18 –Hole

1-Spencer Lindahl / Cale Benson

2-Cameron Bargell / Brett Beal

3-Cory Leffler / Drew Bohl

Girls 18 –Hole

1-Elizabeth O'Doherty / Madison Romjue

2-Alexa Ruwe / Lindsey Thompson

3-Kimberly Barmettler / Brittany Holen

Four-Ball, Boys: (L-R) Front: Brett Beal, Cory Leffler, Drew Bohl , Back: Cameron Bargell, Cale Benson, and Spencer Lindahl Four-Ball Girls: (L-R) Alexa Ruwe, Lindsey Thompson, Madison Romjue, Elizabeth O'Doherty ,Brittany Holen and Kimberly Barmettler...Check out more pictures of the winners on page 6! Follow all of the latest Nebraska Junior Golf action on Facebook!

Visit www.NJGT.org to check out the 2012 schedule and more!

Questions? Contact NJGT: Ph: (402) 505-4653 ext 105 E: info@njgt.org


NJGT Event at West Nine GC, May 31st Age Division

Top 3 Finishers

Boys 9 –Hole, 7-8

1-Parker Jones, Omaha

Boys 9 –Hole, 9-11

1-Hunter Hall, Lincoln

2-Griffin Hendricks, Clarks

Boys 18 –Hole, 12-13

1-Alex Zillig, Lavista

2-Nate Vontz, Lincoln

3-Reece Rhodes, Grand Island

Boys 18 –Hole, 14-15

1-Mitch Grosserode, Lincoln

2-Caleb Moyer, Cambridge

3-Jack Minnick, Lincoln

Boys 18 –Hole, 16+

1-John Christ, Omaha

2-Zach Wagner, Omaha

Girls 9 –Hole, 9-11

1-Lindsey Thiele, Wahoo

2-Brynn Sundquist, Lincoln

3-Emmaline Goodman, Grand Island

Girls 9 –Hole, 12-13

1-Kendra Placke, Seward

2-Frankie Hendricks, Clarks

3-Kristin Goertz, Omaha

Girls 18 –Hole, 14-15

1-Hannah Thiele, Wahoo

2-Murphy Elaine Sears, Crete

Girls 18 –Hole, 16+

1-Kelsey Marshall, Lincoln

NJGT Event at Hidden Valley GC, June 4th Age Division

Top 3 Finishers

Boys 9 –Hole, 7-8

1-Parker Jones, Omaha

Boys 9 –Hole, 9-11

1-Steven Strasheim, Lincoln

2-Colton Arias, Ceresco

Boys 18 –Hole, 12-13

1-Alex Zillig, Lavista

2-Ryan Van Ostrand, Lincoln

3-Evan Rich, Lincoln

Boys 18 –Hole, 14-15

1-Aaron Ficek, Lincoln

2-Trenton James Rohde, Lincoln

3-Derek Carlson, Lincoln

Boys 18 –Hole, 16+

1-Eric Schilling, Omaha

2-Zach Wagner, Omaha

3-Josh J Enholm, Omaha

Girls 9 –Hole, 7-8

1-Neely Adler, Lincoln

NJGT Event at Indianhead GC , June 5th Age Division

Top 3 Finishers

Boys 9 –Hole, 7-8

1-Ethan Smith, Doniphan

Boys 9 –Hole, 9-11

1-Jake Ellis, Kearney

2-Griffin Wright, Broken Bow

3-Griffin Hendricks, Clarks

Boys 18 –Hole, 12-13

1-Collin Toner, Grand Island

2-Spencer Martin Goodman, Grand Island

3-Nick Christiansen, Fairbury

Boys 18 –Hole, 14-15

1-Ashton Graham, Hastings

2-Joshua Cuddy, O'Neill

3-Tucker Flodman, Eagle

Boys 18 –Hole, 16+

1-Josh Hinrichs, Hastings

2-Sam Johnson, Hastings

3-Zackery Rehtus, Minden

Girls 9 –Hole, 9-11

1-Danica Badura, Aurora

2-Lucille Lou Dietz, Amherst

Girls 9 –Hole, 12-13

1-Frankie Hendricks, Clarks

2-Faith Marie Harris, Grand Island

Girls 18 –Hole, 14-15

1-Jessica Rehtus, Minden

Girls 18 –Hole, 16+

1-Leigh Uhing, Grand Island

T2-Gabby Kunzman, Grand Island

T2-Kaylee Kubik, Aurora

NJGT Event at Warren Swigart GC, June 7th Age Division

Top 3 Finishers

Boys 9 –Hole, 7-8

1-Parker Jones

Boys 9 –Hole, 9-11

1-Jack Truscott

2-M D Rivera

3-PJ Davis

Boys 18 –Hole, 12-13

1-Jose Lira

2-Ben Becker

3-Jayden Anderson

Boys 18 –Hole, 14-15

1-Blake Tooley

2-Sam T Martin

3-Joshua Taylor Spaccarotella

Girls 9 –Hole, 7-8

1-Zacharia LaRoda

Girls 9 –Hole, 9-11

1-Maya Northcutt

2-Kelsey Kares

3-Lindsey Thiele

Girls 9 –Hole, 12-13

1-Nia Stations

2-Kristin Goertz

3-Opal Montes Fox

Girls 18 –Hole, 16+

1-Rachel Cunningham

T2-Rachel Smith

T2-Lauren Mohatt

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NJGT Event at Quail Run GC, June 7th Age Division

Top 3 Finishers

Boys 9 –Hole, 9-11

1-John Millard Canham, Norfolk

2-Griffin Hendricks, Clarks

Boys 18 –Hole, 12-13

1-Trevor Kosch, Humphrey

2-Cabe Debower, Columbus

3-Harrison Helmer, Seward

Boys 18 –Hole, 14-15

1-Samuel Hartmann, Fremont

2-Spencer Marxsen, Omaha

3-Brook Klinetobe, Stanton

Boys 18 –Hole, 16+

1-Sam Sommers, Kearney

T1-Sam Johnson, Hastings

T1-Cody Belzer, O'Neill

Girls 9 –Hole, 12-13

1-Emerson Belitz, Columbus

2-Allison Temple, Norfolk

3-Sherridan Bancroft, Valentine

Girls 18 –Hole, 14-15

1-Jessica Rehtus, Minden

2-Samantha Bruening, Norfolk

3-Ashton Bancroft, Valentine

Girls 18 –Hole, 16+

1-Michelle Renning, Valentine

2-Tiffany Henning, Norfolk

3-Amy Price, Columbus

NJGT PREMIER Event at Golf Club at Table Creek, June 8th Age Division

Top 3 Finishers

Boys 18 –Hole, 12-13

1-Alex Zillig, Lavista

2-Nate Vontz, Lincoln

3-Steven Strasheim, Lincoln

Boys 18 –Hole, 14-15

T1-Max Kiely, Lincoln

T1-Jeffrey Paschal, Papillion

T3-David Hansen, Omaha

Boys 18 –Hole, 16+

1-Reid Wiebe, Sutton

2-Greg Stanek, Bellevue

3-Cameron Bargell, North Platte

Girls 18 –Hole, 14-15

1-Hannah Thiele, Wahoo

Girls 18 –Hole, 16+

1-Haley Thiele, Wahoo

2-Katelyn Strudthoff, Omaha

3-Chloe Foote, Lincoln

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

Top 3 Finishers

Boys 9 –Hole, 7-8

1-Parker Jones, Omaha

2-Martin Lira, Omaha

Boys 9 –Hole, 9-11

1-PJ Davis, Omaha

2-M D Rivera, Omaha

3-Hunter Hall, Lincoln

Boys 18 –Hole, 12-13

1-Alex Zillig, Lavista

2-Chris Rasmussen, La Vista

3-Jose Lira, Omaha

Boys 18 –Hole, 14-15

1-Spencer Marxsen, Omaha

2-Grayson McCartney, Papillion

3-Samuel Hartmann, Fremont

Boys 18 –Hole, 16+

T1-Adam Gilbertsen, Papillion

T1-Chase Keitges, Lincoln

3-Ross Martens, Portsmouth

Girls 9 –Hole, 9-11

1-Kayla Chapman, Omaha

T2-Kelsey Kares, Omaha

T2-Brynn Sundquist, Lincoln

Girls 9 –Hole, 12-13

T1-Julia Paschal, Papillion

T1-Sydney Miller, Omaha

T3-Kristin Goertz, Omaha

Girls 18 –Hole, 14-15

1-Elle Thompson, La Vista

2-Katherine Kares, Omaha

3-Emily Jezewski, Omaha

Girls 18 –Hole, 16+

1-Veranecca Gerdes, Papillion

2-Nathalie Sanchez, Bellevue

3-Rachel Cunningham, Omaha

NJGT Event at College Heights CC, June 13th Age Division

Top 3 Finishers

Boys 9 –Hole, 9-11

1-Reed Daniel Malleck, York

2-Jake Ellis, Kearney

3-Hunter Hall, Lincoln

Boys 18 –Hole, 12-13

1-Justin Peterson, Fairbury

2-Nick Christiansen, Fairbury

T3-Caleb Badura, Aurora

Boys 18 –Hole, 14-15

T1-Brook Klinetobe, Stanton

T1-Brad Kathol, Hartington

3-Dana Van Ostrand, Lincoln

Boys 18 –Hole, 16+

1-Nick Cepure, Lincoln

2-Adam Gilbertsen, Papillion

3-Michael Feulner, Hebron

Girls 9 –Hole, 9-11

1-Danica Badura, Aurora

Girls 9 –Hole, 12-13

1-Frankie Hendricks, Clarks

2-Kendra Placke, Seward

3-Faith Marie Harris, Grand Island

Girls 18 –Hole, 14-15

1-Murphy Elaine Sears, Crete

2-Jessica Rehtus, Minden

Girls 18 –Hole, 16+

1-Rose Medill, Lincoln

2-Rachel Cunningham, Omaha

3-Cassaundra Trumbley, Lincoln

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NJGT Event at Tara Hills GC, June 18th Age Division

Top 3 Finishers

Boys 9 –Hole, 7-8

1-Jack Eggers, Elkhorn

Boys 9 –Hole, 9-11

1-M D Rivera, Omaha

T2-Jack Truscott, Omaha

T2-Josh Kramer, Omaha

Boys 18 –Hole, 12-13

1-Jackson Hayes, Omaha

T2-Adam James Eich, Omaha

T2-Ryan Van Ostrand, Lincoln

Boys 18 –Hole, 14-15

1-Trevor Grace, Papillion

2-Dana Van Ostrand

3-Jacob Thomas Hudson, Omaha

Boys 18 –Hole, 16+

T1-Adam Gilbertsen, Papillion

T1-Andrew Morrissey, Omaha

3-Blake Kostal, Papillion

Girls 9 –Hole, 7-8

1-Kaitlyn Hanna, Omaha

Girls 9 –Hole, 9-11

1-Lindsey Thiele, Wahoo

Girls 9 –Hole, 12-13

1-Kristin Goertz, Omaha

2-Spencer Roach, Papillion

3-Julia Paschal, Papillion

Girls 18 –Hole, 14-15

T1-Makenzie Fuss, Omaha

T1-Gabby Carollo, Elkhorn

3-Emily Jezewski, Omaha

Girls 18 –Hole, 16+

1-Katelyn Strudthoff, Omaha

2-Nathalie Sanchez, Bellevue

3-Veranecca Gerdes, Papillion

Meet Bob Planansky ~ NJGT Field Director I'm Bob Planansky, a recently retired lawyer and nonprofit executive from Washington, DC. After 30 years on the East Coast, I retired to the city where I went to undergraduate and law school . . . downtown Lincoln. I intended, in retirement, to play lots of golf . . . very bad golf as it turns out. The good news is that I became very interested in giving back to the game (since my talent was very deficient). Golf has been a constant, stimulating, and positive distraction and influence during 30 years of very tough work. I am now a member of the USGA Junior Championship Committee, a co-field director for the Nebraska Junior Golf Tour, and a rookie golf rules official for Nebraska Golf Association, USGA qualifiers, and the NSAA State Championships. As you can see, I love junior golf. Seeing unbelievable young talent with very respectable behavior and following them through their ensuing lives, is a joy. I'm thrilled the Nebraska Golf Association and the Nebraska Section of the Professional Golf Association has given me such a great stage on which to live my retirement.

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Nike Golf Junior Four-Ball at Indian Trails CC, May 30th

Boys 18-Hole (L-R) 1st- Spencer Lindahl and Cale Benson

Girls 18-Hole (L-R) 1stElizabeth O'Doherty and Madison Romjue

Boys 18-Hole (L-R) 2nd- Cameron Bargell and Brett Beal

Girls 18-Hole (L-R) 2nd - Lindsey Thompson and Alexa Ruwe

Boys 18-Hole (L-R) 3rd- Cory Leffler and Brew Bohl

Girls 18-Hole (L-R) 3rd- Birttany Holen and Kimberly Barmettler.

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NJGT Event at West Nine GC, May 31st

Boys 7-8: 1stParker Jones

Boys 9-11: (L-R) 2nd- Griffin Hendricks and 1st- Hunter Hall

Boys 14-15: (L to R) 3rd- Jack Minnick, 1st-Mitch Grosserode and 2nd- Caleb Moyer

Girls 12-13: (L to R) 1st- Kendra Placke and 3rd- Kristin Goertz

Boys 12-13: (L to R) 3rd- Steven Strasheim and 1st- Alex Zillig

Boys 16+: (L-R) 1st-John Christ and 2nd- Zach Wagner

Girls 14-15: (L to R) 1st- Hannah Theile and 2nd- Murphy Sears

Girls 9-11: (L to R) 3rd- Emmaline Goodman, 1st- Lindsey Thiele and 2nd- Brynn Sundquist

16+: 1st- Kelsey Marshall

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NJGT Event at Hidden Valley GC, June 4th

Girls 7-8: 1st- Neely Adler (L) Boys 7-8: 1st- Parker Jones (R)

Boys 9-11: 1st- Steven Strasheim (L) and 2nd- Colton Arias (R)

Boys 1415: (L to R) 1stAaron Ficek, 2ndTrenton Rohde and 3rdDerek Carlson

Boys 12-13: (l to R) 1stAlex Zillig, 2nd- Ryan Van Ostran and 3rdEvan Rich

Boys 16+: (L to R) 1st- Eric Schilling, 2nd- Zack Wagner and 3rd- Josh Enholm

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NJGT Event at Warren Swigart GC, June 7th

Boys 7-8: 1stParker Jones

Boys 9-11: (L to R) 3rd– PJ Davis, 2nd– M D Rivera and 1st- Jack Truscott

Boys 14-15: (L to R) 1st– Blake Tooley, 2nd– Sam Martin and 3rd– Joshua Taylor Spaccarotella

7-8: Zacharia LaRoda

Girls 12-13: (L to R) 3rd– Opal Montes Fox, 1st– Nia Stations and 2nd– Kristin Goertz

Boys 12-13: (L to R) 2nd– Ben Becker, 1st– Jose Lira and 3rd– Jayden Anderson

Girls 9-11: (L to R) 3rd– Lindsey Thiele, 2nd– Kelsey Kares and 1st– Maya Northcutt

Girls 16+: (L to R) 1st– Rachel Cunningham, T2– Rachel Smith, T2– Lauren Mohatt and 4th– Claire Bumel

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NJGT PREMIER Event at Golf Club at Table Creek, June 8th

Boys 12-13: (L to R) 1st- Alex Zillig, 2nd- Nate Vontz, and 3rd- Steven Strasheim

Boys 16+: (L to R) 3rd- Cameron Bargell, 1st- Reid Wiebe and 2nd- Greg Stanek

Boys 14-15: (L to R) 3rd- David Hansen, 2nd- Jeffery Paschal, and 1st- Max Kiely

Girls 14-15: (L) 1st—Hannah Thiele Girls 16+: (L to R) 1st- Haley Thiele, 2ndKatelyn Strudthoff and 3rd- Chloe Foote

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NJGT Event at Eagle Hills GC, June 12th

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DATE

EVENT

CITY

START TIME

June 26

Wayne CC

Wayne

9:00 SG

June 26

Elmwood Park

Omaha

9:00 TT

June 27

Westwood Heights

Omaha

9:00 TT

June 28

Willow Lakes

Bellevue

8:00 TT

July 2

Beatrice CC

Beatrice

9:00 SG

July 2

Kearney CC

Kearney

9:30 TT

July 3

York CC

York

9:00 SG

July 9

Woodland Hills

Eagle

8:00 TT

July 10

Tregaron

Omaha

10:30 TT

July 11

Shoreline

Carter Lake, IA

8:00 TT

July 11

Meadowlark Hills

Kearney

9:00 TT

July 12

The Knolls CC

Lincoln

9:00 SG

July 12

Eagle Run

Omaha

9:30 TT

July 16

Heritage Hills

McCook

8:00 TT

July 17

Johnny Goodman

Omaha

11:00 TT

July 17

Cross Creek

Cambridge

8:00 TT

July 18

Council Bluffs CC

Council Bluffs, IA

8:00 SG

July 18

Eldorado Hills

Norfolk

9:00 TT

July 19

North Bend CG

North Bend

9:00 TT

July 19

Pioneers

Lincoln

8:00 TT

July 23

River Wilds

Blair

9:00 TT

July 24

Highlands

Lincoln

8:00 TT

July 25

Tiburon

Gretna

8:00 TT

July 26

Yankee Hill

Lincoln

9:00 TT

July 26

Benson Park

Omaha

9:00 TT

July 30

Mahoney

Lincoln

8:00 TT

July 31

The Pines

Valley

9:00 SG

July 31

Wild Horse

Gothenburg

9:00 TT

July 31

Stone Creek

Omaha

10:00 TT

August 2

NJGT CHAMPIONSHIP

Lincoln

8:00 SG

Events listed in bold and red font are PREMIER events.

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NJGT poster


Junior Golf Tour Highlights

D

anielle Lemek Makes History Winning Fourth Straight Girls Match Play Championship

Danielle Lemek

York – Doniphan's Danielle Lemek became the first four-time winner of the Nebraska Girls' Match Play Championship defeating Hannah Thiele of Wahoo 8 and 7 in the tournament's 18-hole final. Lemek topped Thiele's older sister Haley in a semifinal match that same day 3 and 1.

After trading the first two holes in her final against the younger Thiele (14), Lemek won hole 3, halved hole 4 and then won holes 5-11 to close out the match. Thiele had defeated Abbie Hunke of Snyder 2 and 1 in her semifinal to advance.

Lemek begins college in the fall at Bradley University where she’ll play on the women’s golf team. Prior to that she’ll have an opportunity to win a fourth consecutive Nebraska Girls’ Amateur Championship at Norfolk Country Club July 9-10. Click here for the complete match play bracket and details on the stroke play qualifier.

Zach Taylor

Lemek played in five girls' match play championships, the first and fifth at the York Country Club. Since a first round loss in 2008 she's rattled off 16 straight victories and four state titles. Fitting for her to end it at the York Country Club where it all began, with birdie none the less.

Z

ach Taylor Claims 23rd Nebraska Junior Match Play Championship York – Earlier this month Zach Taylor of Omaha won the 23rd Nebraska Junior Match Play Championship at York Country Club defeating Cale Benson of Grand Island 2 up in a 36hole final. Taylor took control early in the match building a 3 up lead following 5 holes only to see Benson win the next six holes to take his own 3 up lead. Taylor won five of the next seven to enter intermission 2 up. After trading holes in the afternoon session Benson was able to square the match on the 34th hole, YCC's 16th after a Taylor 3-putt. With honors on the next hole, YCC's eventful 17th, Benson hit driver into a greenside water hazard. Taylor laid up eventually winning the hole with a conceded birdie. A pitch in birdie on the 36th hole sealed his first state championship. Taylor began the week earning medalist honors in qualifying and the 1 seed with a score of 1-under par 69. Benson was the tournament’s 14 seed after tying for 11th in the qualifier. Both golfers recently graduated from high school, Taylor from Omaha Burke, Benson from Grand Island High School. Click here for the complete match play bracket and details on the stroke play qualifier.

Deadline Nears for State Junior Amateur Championships Norfolk will host the state's best junior amateur golfers in July when the 44th Nebraska Junior Amateur Championship and the 12th Nebraska Girls’ Amateur take place at the Country Club July 9-11. The historic private club on the north edge of town has hosted two previous junior amateurs won by Hap Pocras of Lincoln (1984) and Jeff Holm of Gothenburg (2001), it is the first time the girl’s amateur has been staged at the course. The junior amateur is a 54-hole stroke play championship that features a cut to 40 golfers following 36-holes. Since it runs alongside the state girl's amateur the boy's field is limited to 117 entrants. Those in the top 50 of the NGA Junior Player Rankings have priority; the remaining players are determined by order of entry. The girl’s championship is limited to 39 players. Like the boys, the field will be comprised of those in the top 25 of the NGA Girls Player Rankings that file an entry; the remaining players will be determined by order of entry. The deadline is July 2 at 5 p.m. CST. Click here to access the championship web sites.

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Send Us Your “Swoosh” Moments In each issue of the NGJT Junior Newsletter, we’ll be featuring our NJGT junior golfers wearing and using gear from presenting sponsor of the Nebraska Junior Golf Tour, Nike Golf. Show some love for our sponsor and send in your pictures or videos of your Nike moments to Brett Bender at info@njgt.org.

Send Us Your “Swoosh”

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Tour Championship NEW in 2012 is the chance to earn a spot into the

NJGT Nike Golf Tour Championship. The top point getters in each of their respective divisions will be given an invitation to the Tour Championship that will be played on August 2nd at Wilderness Ridge Golf Club. Points will be awarded to each participant in every event and a running total will be kept on NJGT.org.

Spots Available into the Tour Championship: 7-8 Year Old Division- 6 Girls and 6 Boys 9-11 Year Old Division= 9 Girls and 9 Boys 12-13 Year Old Division- 15 Girls and 15 Boys 14-15 Year Old Division- 15 Girls and 15 Boys 16-18 Year Old Division- 15 Girls and 15 Boys Potential Premier Event Points:

How Points are Awarded: Place

Points

Place

Points

Place

Points

Place

Points

1 2

50 45

16 17

15 14

1 2

100 90

16 17

30 28

3

40

18

13

3

80

18

26

4

35

19

12

4

70

19

24

5

32

20

11

5

64

20

22

6

30

21

10

6

60

21

20

7

26

22

9

7

52

22

18

8

23

23

8

8

46

23

16

9

22

24

7

9

44

24

14

10

21

25

6

10

42

25

12

40

26

10

11

20

26

5

11

12

19

27

4

12

38

27

8

13

18

28

3

13

36

28

6

14

17

29

2

14

34

29

4

15

16

30

1.5

15

32

30

3

For events that have over 30 competitors, each competitor finishing after 31st place or higher will receive 1 point.

*31st Plus will receive 2 points.

Meet Gary Austin ~ NJGT Field Director My name is Gary Austin and I’m the Volunteer Coordinator, among other things, for the Nebraska Golf Association (NGA). This summer I agreed to be one of two NJGT Field Directors. In that position I help coordinate and oversee the two NJGT championships and the four Premier events. I grew up in central Nebraska and graduated from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln before going on to become a Navy helicopter pilot. After retiring from the Navy, I moved to Omaha where I worked for several years, then retired for good about five years ago. Shortly thereafter I started working with the NGA as a volunteer rules official. I accepted my present volunteer position in July 2009. I enjoy working with the NGA staff, all the volunteers, and particularly the golfers from the junior ranks up through the seniors. Being an avid, but not particularly good, golfer, I enjoy watching with envy how the young players hit the ball and wish I had had an opportunity to take up the game earlier. I’m also a board member with the Nebraska Senior Golf Association, whose members are much more in my competitive category, for the most part. I look forward to seeing many of you on the course this summer and for years to come. Thanks for your support of the NJGT and the great game of golf!

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Games to Improve Your “Game” Tic-Tac-Toe Putting

SETUP

Mission Impossible

BASICS

Create a tic tac toe grid with tape or string (includes nine squares).

Use marked or colored golf balls for “X” and “O”.

ACTION

ACTION 

To start, the first player picks out a near-impossible shot for the other competitor to execute (example: ball behind tree, in a divot or buried in sand).

Then, after the competitor has hit the shot, the first player tries to execute the same shot.

The player who has hit the ball closest to the target scores a 0, the other competitor scores a 1.

Putt your ball into the grid with a friend.

GOAL The winner is the first player who lines up three balls in the grid.

Tic-Tac-Toe Putting

SETUP 

This game starts on the putting green.

Set up pairs of tees two feet apart and two feet long until you have six sets of tees set up.

GOAL 

After nine shots the player with the least amount of points wins.

Climb the Ladder

Climb the Ladder

This game is a nine-shot competition with any number of friends.

ACTION 

Putt the ball into each square in order from the first square until the six square.

GOAL

When you have stopped the ball in each square, you have climbed the ladder.

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Play More with FORE! As an extension of other initiatives that first introduce the game, the Nebraska Golf Association created FORE!, a program that will provide opportunities for juniors to play golf more frequently. This statewide initiative will offer deserving youth the opportunity to play some of the area's best courses for $4 putting to use the life skills and values training they learn prior to membership. FORE! will begin in 2012 as a pilot program in the Omaha Metropolitan area. In 2013 FORE! will begin a statewide push. FORE! membership will be open to participants aged 7-17 in one of the following certified programs: First Tee of Omaha, Great Golf Expectations Omaha, Junior Golf Programs at Host Facilities, LPGA/USGA Girls Golf of Omaha, Nebraska Junior Golf Tour and Omaha Metropolitan Area High School Golf Teams. FORE! members will be labeled "Full Access" or "Supervised Access" based on age and or playing ability. "Supervised Access" members must be accompanied by an adult at 18-hole facilities. The fee for both membership classifications is $10 which includes NGA membership. Members will receive their FORE! membership cards once their program director has submitted the completed application and individual memberships are paid. Participating Facilities

Omaha Municipal Golf Courses (Benson, Elmwood, Johnny Goodman, Spring Lake, Steve Hogan, Warren Swigart & Westwood) Papillion Municipal Golf Courses (Eagle Hills & Tara Hills) Funding FORE! is based on the following formula. The NGA has negotiated a preferred junior golf rate with participating facilities. The FORE! member will pay a $4 fee for a round of golf (for 9 or 18 hole rounds). The NGF subsidizes the difference between the preferred rate and the FORE! member payment. Duration FORE! will take place during the months of June and July only. Membership forms and payment may be submitted to the NGA office at 6618 South 118th Street, Omaha, NE 68137. Contact Contact NGA Executive Director Craig Ames at (402) 5054653, ext. 102 or Junior Golf intern, Brett Bender at 402.505.4653, ext. 105 with questions.

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FORE! FAQ’S How do I become a FORE! member?

Am I a NGA member when I receive my FORE! membership card? Yes. FORE! members will receive NGA membership information including details on maintaining a GHIN Handicap Index along with their membership card.

FORE! membership is open to participants aged 7-17 in one of the following certified programs: First Tee of Omaha; Great Golf Expectations, Omaha; Junior Golf Programs at Host Facilities; LPGA/USGA Girls Golf of Omaha; Nebraska Junior Golf Tour and Omaha Metropolitan Area High School Golf Teams. Qualified candidates must submit a membership application to the NGA. Applications are available in the Junior section of the NGA web site (nebgolf.org) under FORE!

Am I limited on rounds I can play?

How long does my FORE! membership last?

Are there any restrictions on when I can play for the reduced FORE! rate?

FORE! membership is good during the months of June and July only in 2012. What are the age restrictions for FORE! participation? FORE! membership is available to golfers aged 7-17.

No. Play as many rounds as you can, the more the better as far as we’re concerned. Are there any additional fees besides the $4 per round for golf? The fee for membership is $10. Each 9 or 18-hole round is $4. That’s it.

No. Participating golf courses may limit some rounds based on availability. FORE! members cannot make a tee time reservation more than 48 hours in advance. Prior to that full paying customers have priority.

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Nebraksa Junior Golf June 25 2012 Newsletter