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In This Issue… Letter from NJGT Director … 2 Tour News … 3 Tournaments … 4-5 Swoosh Moments … 6 GolfTEC Tour Tips … 7 Free Tracking/Rewards App … 8 PGM Summer Experience … 9 Photo Highlights … 10 Fitness Facts … 11 Fore! Program… 12


Welcome

From the Desk of NGJT Director Joe Canny, PGA Thank you all NJGT Athletes, Family and Fans registered for the 2014 season of the Nebraska Junior Golf Tour. The golf off-season is finally behind us and I couldn’t be more excited to get another season underway. Though long, we did have some fun this winter hosting new NJGT Programs such as College Golf Night and NJGT GolfTEC Open House. The 2014 NJGT Season is shaping up to be the best yet with many new additions. Highlights include:

• Addition of NJGT TEAM GOLF for golfers in the 9-hole divisions • More events and new locations for the NJGT Stroke Play Schedule ~ Sioux City Country Club (IA) ~ The Ridge Golf Club (IA) ~ Green Valley Golf Course (IA) ~ Awarii Dunes (NE) ~ Wildwood Golf Course (NE) ~ Two Rivers Golf Club (SD) • Central Nebraska Junior Amateur to be a Junior Golf Scoreboard national event

~ Great for those interested in college golf

• 18-Hole Division NJGT Championship hosted at The Prairie Club

~ Event features Parent/Child shootout, BBQ & available

practice rounds for the family

The above additions plus an overall improved tour is not possible without our great sponsors:

Nike Golf GolfTEC of Omaha Farmers Mutual of Nebraska The Prairie Club Five Points Bank of Grand Island Again, thank you for your continued support of and participation in the Nebraska Junior Golf Tour. If there is anything we can do to make your summer experience better please reach out to me directly or contact our NJGT Intern at Info@njgt.org. Sincerely, Joe Canny, PGA Junior Golf Director – NJGT (402) 730-8364 jcanny@njgt.org @theNJGT Cover Photo: 2013 NJGT Championship at Sand Hills Golf Club on July 24th. 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


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/.

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/.

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 16team 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.

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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

May 28

West Nine GC

Lincoln

May 20

May 29

Warren Swigart GC

Omaha

May 21

June 2

Crooked Creek GC

Lincoln

May 25

June 2

Indianhead GC

Grand Island

May 25

June 3

Highlands GC

Lincoln

May 26

June 4

Council Bluffs CC

Council Bluffs, IA

May 27

June 5

Quail Run GC

Columbus

May 28

June 6

GolfTEC Premier at Table Creek GC

Nebraska City

May 29

June 9

Sunset Valley CC

Omaha

June 1

June 10

Westwood Heights GC

Omaha

June 2

June 11

Whispering Creek GC

Sioux City, IA

June 3

June 11

Meadowlark Hills GC

Kearney

June 3

June 12

Eagle Run GC

Omaha

June 4

June 12

Centura Hills GC

Cairo

June 4

June 13

The Ridge GC

Sioux Center, IA

June 5

June 16

River Wilds GC

Blair

June 8

June 17

Elmwood GC

Omaha

June 9

June 18

North Bend GC

North Bend

June 10

June 19

Holmes GC

Lincoln

June 11

June 19

Wayne CC

Wayne

June 11

June 24

Eagle Hills GC

Omaha

June 16

June 25

Two Rivers GC

North Sioux City, SD

June 17

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 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

Invitation

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Date

Site

City

Deadline

May 29

Knolls CC

Lincoln

May 21

June 3

Elmwood Park GC

Omaha

May 26

June 10

Mahoney GC

Lincoln

June 2

June 18

West Nine GC

Lincoln

June 10

June 24

Kearney CC

Kearney

June 16

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 16-19

Nebraska Junior Match Play Championship

Heritage Hills GC, McCook

June 11

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)

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

Beatrice CC , Beatrice

July 8

conducted by the Nebraska Golf Association

conducted by the Nebraska Golf Association

conducted by the Nebraska Golf Association

Girl’s 2014 Championships

Date

Event

Site

Deadline

June 16-18

Nebraska Girls’ Match Play Championship

Heritage Hills GC, McCook

June 11

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)

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

Beatrice CC , Beatrice

July 8

conducted by the Nebraska Golf Association

conducted by the Nebraska Golf Association

conducted by the Nebraska Golf Association

Click HERE to view registration information for these events.

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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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‘s Tour Tips Golf season is finally here and we are excited at GolfTEC for another NJGT Season. We have been fortunate to see many of you practicing at GolfTEC of Omaha this winter. One of the many perks of GolfTEC is that there is no off-season for golf so if you haven’t been by yet please visit us soon! As the season gets started it is important to remember a couple of things for Spring golf:

1. Stretch and Start Off Slow Our bodies take a while to warm up at the beginning of each season so make sure to dedicate extra time to stretching and warming up with shorter shots. The urge is to hit a lot of balls quickly but your golf game and body will thank you.

2. Be Realistic During your first few rounds you will be a little rusty and that is okay. Do not get frustrated as that will make the process worse. Take notes on the course to which areas you need to work on so come golf season you are in mid-season form.

3. Get Some Help Visit our PGA Professionals and GolfTEC Certified Instructors for a private lesson or clinic to make sure you start off the season with the proper fundamentals. You will also receive guidance so you can focus your early season practice seasons. 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.

Site Director Spotlight ~ Kendra Trumbley NJGT Market: Omaha & Lincoln Hometown: Lincoln, NE Occupation: Owner & Operator of The Hair Lounge (Lincoln) Hobbies: Watch golf and caddie, shop and work outside Favorite Team: Love watching golf Favorite Golf Moment: Day my daughter signed to play college golf Favorite Golf Course: Tie between Yankee Hill CC & Tiburon Golf Club

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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 ~ Ben Grossnicklaus NJGT Market: Central Nebraska Hometown: Aurora, NE Resides In: Kearney, NE (Golfer at UNK) Occupation: York CC Pro Shop & Brother’s Lawn Mowing Business Hobbies: Golf, Baseball & Basketball (Watch and Play) Favorite Sports Teams: Huskers, Broncos, Cubs & Twins Favorite Golf Moment: Qualifying for Junior Match Play as a sophomore my first time in event Favorite Golf Course: Augusta National, Wildhorse (Gothenburg) & Beatrice CC

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2014 PROGRAM INFO: June 16-19, 2014 Eastern Kentucky University July 13-16, 2014 Mississippi State University

Click Here for Details!

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Some good times from 2013!

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Fitness Facts Presented by The PGA Sports Academy powered by UnitedHealthcare Stretching is a vital part of golf that is often overlooked. Proper stretching can improve your golf game through increased flexibility while also helping prevent injuries. Below are ten stretches that affect golf specific muscle groups and may help you improve your game. Though the pictures may remind you of an old gym handout the science is still relevant!

Standing Quad Stretch

Supine Hamstring Stretch

Lower Back Twist Stretch

Side Bend Stretch

Rear Shoulder Stretch

Chest Stretch

Piriformis Stretch Hip Flexor Stretch

Calf Stretch

Cat to Dog Stretch 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.

Visit NebGolf.org for more information and to register! 12

Nebraska Junior Golf Newsletter - May 1, 2014  

Nebraska Junior Golf Newsletter - May 1, 2014

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