Omaha, NE – The Nebraska Section PGA hosted their annual ‘Team Championship’ at Shadow Ridge Country Club in Omaha. Presented by All Star Pro Golf, the event welcomed 30 duos of Nebraska PGA Professionals from across the state. Extreme heat made it difficult for the field, but incredible scores were posted across the leaderboard. The format for the Professional tournament was 18-holes of best-ball action followed by 18-holes of scramble.
Coming into the tournament, Steve Friesen, PGA and Mike Coatman of Firethorn Golf Club were defending champions for two consecutive seasons and history repeated itself once again. In the best-ball portion, Friesen and Coatman shot 64 (8-under) in a round that featured seven birdies, an eagle, and a bogey. While Friesen showed off his putting skills with a two-putt birdie on the par 5 – 2nd from 92 feet, Mike Coatman showed off his ball striking from start to finish. The dynamic duo worked perfectly alongside each other in the morning and continued their success into the afternoon.
In the scramble portion, Friesen & Coatman fired an outstanding bogey-free round of 61 (11-under) to shoot a two-round total of 19-under. The defending champions out of Lincoln won for the third consecutive time and have shot a combined 71-under par in the last 3 editions of our Team Championship. Three teams finished tied for second and four shots behind Friesen & Coatman.
The duos of Judd Cornell, PGA/Jay Cottam, PGA, Nick Wanderscheid, PGA/Shane Zywiec, PGA, and Jonathan Beaver, PGA/Alex Janssen, PGA all finished with impressive scores of 15-under to share runner-up honors. Rounding out the top five was Ted DiGiacomo, PGA & Brian Steventon, PGA at 14-under.
We would like to thank Director of Golf Gary Gabrielson, PGA, Assistant Director of Golf Joe Finnegan, PGA and the entire Professional staff at Shadow Ridge Country Club for hosting us. We would also like to thank our Presenting Sponsor All Star Pro Golf as well as our supporting sponsors Miller & Sons Golf Cars (E-Z-GO), Sterling Cut Glass, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Bushnell Golf, PGA TOUR & Rolex for making this event possible.