Newsletter Contents - Nebraska PGA

Newsletter Contents - Nebraska PGA






September 2012


Merchandise Show,

Education Seminar


Fall Meeting

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Newsletter Co ntents

September 2012


2012 Merchandise Show,

Education Seminar & Fall Meeting pg. 3


Letter from the Executive Director pg.


Sponsors pg. 12

Golf 2.0 Registration Solution pg. 13

In Every Issue...

Employment pg. 6

Tournament News pg. 7-10

Member Updates pg. 14

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Merchandise Show/

Education Seminar


Fall Meeting


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Dear Members and Apprentices:

Hopefully you have been able to enjoy the beautiful fall weather we have been having

this year. It’s a perfect excuse to get out and play a few rounds of golf. This past weekend

I had the great opportunity to attend the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah Country

Club with Vinne Krikac of State Farm Insurance Agency and a Nebraska PGA sponsor.

We had a great time despite the fact that the ending didn't go as planned. It was

great to see several of you who were able to make the trip, as well, and enjoy this tremendous


As the Nebraska Section PGA Tournament season draws to a close for 2012, I just

want to thank each of you for your continued support and participation in our events

this year. We had a fantastic season; with increased participation in nearly every event.

To finish up the season, I am asking that each of you plan on attending the 2012 Fall

Merchandise Show/Education Seminar and Fall Meeting on October 14-15. Champions

Run will again be the host facility for these events. There will be a lot of beneficial

information presented to the membership through both the education and Fall Meeting.

We promise it will be an exciting event to end a great year. I hope to see each of

you there.

Thanks again for your commitment to our game.


David Honnens, PGA

Executive Director/CEO

Nebraska PGA

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I n my previous article, I wrote about the sixth and final step in the Player Development “Circle

of Life”. That circle was completed with your tracking and reporting your success with your

employer in the Player Development arena. I may have been a little premature in the timing of the article,

but nonetheless, if I got you to think about “telling your story”, then I accomplished my mission.

As the season winds down, PLEASE, PLEASE do not fail to do the reporting component. As I have

mentioned before, pgalinks has an excellent template called the PGA Professional Report found on the

PGA Employment page. Simply scroll down to the “Employment Services for You” and it is the first

page to highlight.

I am getting ready to attend the Fall Meetings in Nebraska, Minnesota and Iowa in October. One of my

topics I will be talking about is Player Development. I am hopeful that any facet of this initiative has

been tried by you at your facility. I want to hear any success stories you can share with me and then I

want you to assure me that your employer knows what you have done!

The one item I keep bringing to the forefront is the “It’s Personal” theme. The investment of your time

and energy into Player Development surely does make it personal! Everyone seems to want a “piece”

of you and the one finite area we have in our day is time! Time away from our family; time away from

playing; where does the day go?? I want the time you invest in Player Development to make sense!

That is why in the last six months, I have attempted to give you a blueprint of “how” to incorporate a

meaningful program at your facility. Hopefully, the time you have invested has created one of two

things or both: more golfers and additional revenue! After all, isn’t that what matters to our employer?

Now is the time to step up and create that report and quantify your value! Prove to your employer that

you are driving revenue and creating more players- a definite plus in enhancing job security!

Bruce Lubach, PGA, is The PGA of America Employment Consultant for the Iowa, Midwest, Minnesota and Nebraska Sections. | (402) 261-3604.

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Schellpeper and Vermeer Capture the

Callaway Golf Team Championship

an ace on the par 3 #11 hole.

Beatrice – NE, the only thing hotter than the temperature was

the team of Kyle Schellpeper and Ryan Vermeer of Oak Hills

who finished the event at 22 – under par to win the 2012

Callaway Golf Team Championship. The 36 – hole format featured

18 holes of best ball and 18 holes of scramble.

In the morning best ball format, 12 – under par 62 was posted

by the teams of Ted DiGiacomo, PGA and Shane Zywiec, PGA

and Kyle Schellpeper and Ryan Vermeer. One stroke back at 11

– under par 63 was Tom Hearn, PGA and Don Germer, PGA.

Congratulations also goes out to Bob Walker, PGA who made

We greatly appreciate the hospitality of PGA host professional, Brad Neunaber and the great course conditions

that golf course superintendent, Andy Hamilton and staff prepared. Lastly, special thanks Todd Petersen,

Callaway Golf Sales Representative for supporting this event and the entire Nebraska Section PGA

all year long.

Place Team Score

1 Kyle Schellpeper Ryan Vermeer

62-60--122 -22

T2 James Sieckmann Nick Wanderscheid 64-61--125 -19

T2 Tom Hearn Don Germer

63-62--125 -19

T4 Jon Petersen Jim White

66-61--127 -17

T4 Chris Wiemers Mike Antonio

65-62--127 -17

T4 Ted DiGiacomo Shane Zywiec

62-65--127 -17

T7 Brett Evans Troy Harder

67-61--128 -16

T7 Raul Cortes de la Riva Michael Stolarskyj 67-61--128 -16

9 Mike Cornell Mike Schuchart

67-62--129 -15

10 Adam Bradfield Tim Kruse

66-64--130 -14

T11 Wade Foreman Bob Walker

69-62--131 -13

T11 Jared Andersen James Kinney

70-61--131 -13

T11 Pete Hagen Brian Steventon

67-64--131 -13

T14 Nick Shanahan Bobby O'Keefe

69-63--132 -12

T14 Bryan Hughett Skip Tredway

68-64--132 -12

Place Team Score

T16 Robert Johnson Denis Vontz 70-63--133 -11

T16 Devon Kastler Tony Baranowski 71-62--133 -11

T16 Kevin Drew Sean O'Neill

68-65--133 -11

T19 Scott Harmelink Brad Neunaber 69-66--135 -9

T19 Tony Pesavento Jeff Porter

69-66--135 -9

21 Mark Christensen Greg Johannesen 72-64--136 -8

T22 Charlie Borner Brian Kuta

72-65--137 -7

T22 Chris Cover Nathan Kalin

71-66--137 -7

24 Kevin Chesnut Tom McAndrew 69-69--138 -6

25 Thomas Harmon Matt Meuret 72-67--139 -5

26 Douglas Dunbar Derek Benson 71-70--141 -3

27 Michael Brown Chris Hartman 76-66--142 -2

28 Nick Burkart Tom Johnson

74-69--143 -1

29 James Rolls Jon Casey

76-68--144 E

30 Jerad Palmer William Jacobsen 79-67--146 +2

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Zywiec Claims Yamaha Pro-1AM Despite

Difficult Conditions

SIOUX CENTER, Iowa- The players were tested by extreme wind conditions all day at the Yamaha Pro-

1AM that was held at The Ridge Golf Club. Shane Zywiec, PGA of Highlands Golf Course was able to

manage the difficult elements and finish at top of the professional leaderboard at even par. Zywiec’s even

par round was good enough for a one shot victory over Troy Harder, PGA, Matt Nice, PGA and Nick Shanahan,

PGA who all finished at one-over par.

The team division was easily won by the team of Troy Harder, PGA and his amateur playing partner Doug

Rose. These two finished at nine under-par in one net contest, which was four shots better than the teams of

Shane Zywiec, PGA and Brook Darnell as well

as Jon Petersen, PGA and Tony Roth.

The highlight of the day went to Doug Rose who

made a hole-in-one one the par three 12 th hole.

Rose used a seven iron from 175 yards that carried

the water perfectly and rolled into the hole.

The Nebraska PGA would like to give a special

thanks to Randy Reardon and Blaine Foreman of

Yamaha for their continued support of the Nebraska



Place Professional Score

1 Shane Zywiec

34-37--71 E

T2 Troy Harder

34-38--72 +1

T2 Matt Nice

36-36--72 +1

T2 Nick Shanahan

34-38--72 +1

T5 Nick Wanderscheid 36-38--74 +3

T5 Ryan Vermeer

36-38--74 +3

T7 Jon Petersen

40-37--77 +6

T7 Ted DiGiacomo

39-38--77 +6

9 Billy Keane

37-42--79 +8

T10 Karrie Van Ravenswaay 40-43--83 +12

T10 Devon Dembinski 41-42--83 +12

T10 Mike Fiddelke

42-41--83 +12

13 Adam Bradfield

39-46--85 +14

14 Reed Schellen

44-44--88 +17


Place Team Score

1 Troy Harder Doug Rose

30-32--62 -9

T2 Shane Zywiec Brook Darnell

30-36--66 -5

T2 Jon Petersen Tony Roth

34-32--66 -5

4 Matt Nice Tim Sandbulte

35-34--69 -2

T5 Reed Schellen Steve Scollard

35-35--70 –1

T5 Nick Shanahan Tommy Christenson 34-36--70 -1

7 Billy Keane John Keane

33-38--71 E

T8 Nick Wanderscheid Tim Vaughn 35-37--72 +1

T8 Devon Dembinski Blake Bengard 38-34--72 +1

T8 Ryan Vermeer Brian Deboer

36-36--72 +1

11 Ted DiGiacomo Eric Wilson

37-36--73 +2

12 Adam Bradfield Dominic Zappia 34-40--74 +3

T13 Karrie Van Ravenswaay Joey Sandbulte 37-40--77 +6

T13 Mike Fiddelke Randy Kroese

38-39--77 +6

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Wil Collins Wins Playoff to Capture

Wells Fargo Nebraska Open

Columbus, NE- Day one of the

2012 Wells Fargo Nebraska Open

finished with Jon Hurley of

O’Neil, NE leading the way after

his stellar bogey free round of

seven under-par, 64. Hurley has a

one shot lead over the 2006 Wells

Fargo Nebraska Open champion,

Justin Herron, who finished the

day at five under-par.

Scoring conditions were great at

Elks Country Club on day one

where 51 of the 132 players finished

at even par or better. Hurley’s

round was highlighted by

back-to-back eagles on holes #12 and #13 and also threw

in four birdies over the course of his round.

David Clouse of Friend, NE and Mitchell Klooz of Laurel,

NE lead the way for the amateur division after shooting

a two-over, 73. Klooz is continuing his stellar play

from this summer after winning the Nebraska Junior Amateur

and finishing runner-up at the Nebraska State Amateur.

With another beautiful day in the forecast and many great

players in contention the second round should provide a

lot of excitement. The second round will continue at 8:00

A.M. Saturday morning. After the

second round the professional field

will be cut to the low 49 and ties.

The second round at the Wells Fargo

Nebraska Open proved to be moving

day for several people as they made a

run to the top of the leaderboard.

There will be a three-way tie for the

lead heading into the final round but

several close behind. Sharing the lead

at eight under-par is Wil Collins of Albuquerque, NM,

Brad Hopfinger of Lake Forest, IL and Zenon Brown of

Arvada, CO. First round leader Hurley will start the day

one back along with four others.

The low round of the day was shared by Zenon Brown

and the 2012 Wells Fargo Nebraska Open low amateur,

Brett Nymeyer of Canada, who shot a second round six

under-par, 65. Brown and Nymeyer both propelled themselves

up the leaderboard as Brown sits at top and Nymeyer

is just one shot back. Both Brown and Nymeyer’s

rounds consisted of six birdies and one bogey.

David Clouse of Friend, NE, will head into the final

round as the low amateur. Clouse followed his first round

73 with a second round 70. This gives him a four shot

lead over Jayson Brueggemann of

Lincoln, NE.

The final round will begin at 9:00

A.M. at the Elks Country Club.

Fourteen players are within three

shots of the lead which will provide

for great excitement.

Wil Collins, of Albuquerque,

New Mexico, outlasted Zenon

Brown, of Arvada, Colorado, in a

five hole playoff to win the 2012

Wells Fargo Nebraska Open.

Both players had a share of the

lead heading into the final round

and fired final round scores of three under-par, 68. Collins

was able to make a par on their fifth play-off hole to

capture the win in his first appearance at the Wells Fargo

Nebraska Open.

Jayson Brueggemann, of Lincoln, Nebraska, shot an even

par 71 in his final round to finish at five over-par and win

low amateur honors defeating Mike Siwa of Omaha, Nebraska

by one shot. Brueggemann made three birdies on

his final nine holes to track down Siwa.

Nebraska’s own John Hurley, of

O’Neil, Nebraska, made a run up

the leaderboard, but a couple of

late bogey’s ended his chances

to claim the title. Hurley finished

one shot out of the playoff

at 10 under-par for the tournament.

Jim White, PGA MP, of Lincoln,

NE, shared the low round for the day at six underpar

65 and captured the Senior Division.

The Wells Fargo Nebraska Open is endorsed and operated

by the Nebraska Section of the PGA and the Nebraska

Golf Association and coordinated by Nebraska Public

Power District. Its proceeds are donated to the Nebraska

Community College Foundation, which awards scholarships

to hundreds of needy Nebraska students attending

five community colleges in the state. These colleges include

Central Community College, Columbus, Hastings

& Grand Island; Southeast Community College; Lincoln,

Milford & Beatrice; Northeast Community College, Norfolk;

Mid-Plains Community College, North Platte &

McCook; and Western Nebraska Community College,

Sidney & Scottsbluff. The Nebraska Open has raised over

$1,000,000 in the last 20 years for the Nebraska Community

College Foundation.

Click HERE for results.

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Harder and Sieckmann Team Up to Win Championship in Playoff

Ashland, NE – 18 holes was not enough to settle the Nebraska PGA Cup Series Championship pre-

sented by, Vinnie Krikac State Farm Agency today at Quarry Oaks Golf Club. The team of Troy

Harder, PGA of Wayne Country Club and James Sieckmann, PGA of Shadow Ridge Country Club

captured the title in a sudden-death playoff over the team of John Craw, PGA of Lincoln, NE and

Ryan Vermeer of Oak Hills Country Club. Each team posted a terrific score of three under-par 68 in

the modified alternate shot format.

The Nebraska PGA Cup Series Championship presented by, Vinnie Krikac State Farm Insurance

Agency promotes the involvement of Nebraska PGA Members and Apprentices in Section Activities.

Members and Apprentices who participated in Section Tournaments, Meetings and other functions that

benefit the growth and development of the PGA Professionals were awarded “Cup Points.”

These points earned throughout the year determined the top 40 Cup Point recipients who competed in

this inaugural Nebraska PGA Cup Series Championship.

We greatly appreciate the support of our season long

Presenting Sponsor, Vinnie Krikac State Farm

Insurance Agency.

Click HERE for results.

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Matt Nice, PGA Wins

2012 Callaway Golf Match Play Championship

LINCOLN, Neb- The season long Callaway Golf Match Play Championship came to an end at Firethorn

Golf Club with Matt Nice, PGA of the The Ridge Golf Club defeating defending champion, Jon

Petersen, PGA of Tiburon Golf Club 5&4. Nice was able to take advantage of some terrific shots to

build an early lead.

Petersen was able to win the ninth hole with a great two-putt par but was unable to build off that momentum.

Nice was able to close the match on the 14th hole after hitting a terrific tee shot into the difficult

par three.

Ryan Vermeer of Oak Hills Country Club finished in third place after defeating Scott Holly, PGA of

the University of Nebraska-Lincoln 3&1 in the consolation match. Vermeer got off to a hot start but

Holly was able to hang in there and keep it close for most of the match.

The turning point of the match was when Vermeer looked like he was in trouble after finding the fairway

bunker after his second shot on the par five 11th, but was able to pull off a terrific shot by hitting

his approach to six inches. That birdie put him two up in the match. Holly tried to claw his way back

after winning the 16th hole but could not find the green on the difficult par three 17th hole.

The Nebraska PGA would like to thank Todd Petersen of Callaway Golf for sponsoring this event for

the second consecutive year and supporting the Nebraska PGA.

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David Honnens, PGA

Executive Director

Thomas Harmon, PGA

Tournament Director

Renee Tyson

Administrative Assistant


Mark Stava, PGA 10/1 Jim Etter, PGA 10/15

Cory Fletcher, PGA 10/2 Stephen Vieyra 10/19

Derek Benson 10/3 Mike Fauver, PGA 10/21

Tom Johnson 10/4 Joe Wiegand, PGA 10/21

Bruce Lubach, PGA 10/6 Jon Robins, PGA 10/21

Ross Barnes, PGA 10/7 Jason Harrell, PGA 10/22

Chris Thomson, PGA 10/7 Bryan Hughett, PGA 10/27

Greg Wiemers, PGA 10/10 Greg Spence, PGA 10/27

Adam Person, PGA 10/11 Bob Vermeer, PGA 10/28

Bob Schuchart, PGA 10/13 Tim McAndrew, PGA 10/30

Robert O'Keefe, PGA 10/31


Updates between 9/1 - 9/28


Name Date Change Class

Joe Goar, PGA 9/26/2012 A-4

Name Facility Class

Bill Amundsen, PGA Columbia A-20

Bill Amundsen, PGA Brooks Brothers A-20

Marc Cruse, PGA I. Stern & Co. A-20

Marc Cruse, PGA Certifresh Cigar A-20

Marc Cruse, PGA Clen Echo Golf Wear A-20

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