LINCOLN, Neb. â€“ Each year the Nebraska Section PGA is pleased to reward distinction and honor to PGA Professionals for their contribution 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 14, 2013. 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: Bentley Benson, PGA, Southern Hills G.C; Charlie Borner, PGA, Hillcrest C.C.; Wade Foreman, PGA, Firethorn G.C.; Scott Harmelink, PGA, Green Valley G.C.; Brian Jerred, PGA, Sky View G.C.; Brian Kuta, PGA, Ironhorse G.C.; Greg Neujahr, PGA, Champions Run; Greg Wiemers, PGA, Stone Creek G.C. Teacher of the Year - Awarded for excellence in golf instruction along with overall performance as a golf professional. Nominees: Mike Cornell, PGA, Champions Run; Greg Johannesen, PGA, West Nine and Learning Center; James Kinney, PGA, GolfTEC; Ryan Norman, PGA, GolfTEC; Mike Schuchart, PGA, Wilderness Ridge G.C.; James Sieckmann, PGA, Shadow Ridge C.C.; Paul Swirzinski, PGA, Golf Galaxy Omaha; Chris Thomson, PGA, Wilderness Ridge G.C.; Chris Wiemers, PGA, Happy Hollow Club; Shane Zywiec, PGA, Highlands G.C. Horton Smith Award - Bestows special recognition for outstanding service and contributions to developing and improving educational opportunities for the PGA golf professional. Nominees: Scott Holly, PGA, University of NE/Lincoln PGM; Nathan Kalin, PGA, Champions Run.
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 â€“ service to his Association, service to his fellow PGA professionals in helping them improve their employment situations and service to the community. Nominees: Chris Cover, PGA, Happy Hollow Club; Thomas Everett, PGA, Landscapes Group; Nathan Kalin, PGA, Champions Run. 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: Jared Andersen, PGA, Fremont G.C.; Ron Block, PGA; Lake Maloney G.C.; Dennis Fruchtl, PGA, Riverside G.C.; Tom Jeffers, PGA, Indianhead G.C.; Mike Schuchart, PGA, Wilderness Ridge G.C.; Chris Thomson, PGA, Wilderness Ridge; Britt Ward, PGA, Eagle Run G.C.; Scott Weihe, PGA,Jim Ager Memorial G.C. 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: Jared Andersen, PGA, Fremont C.C.; Adam Coates, PGA, Spencer C.C.; Wade Foreman, PGA, Firethorn G.C.; Dawn Neujahr, PGA, Champions Run; Phillip Palmer, PGA, Field Club of Omaha; Carly Ullrich, PGA, Omaha Country Club. 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: Brian Jerred, PGA, Sky View G.C.; Matthew Nice, PGA, The Ridge G.C.; Joe Sutter, PGA, Quarry Oaks G.C.; Denis Vontz, PGA, Highlands & Mahoney G.C.
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