Ashland, NE – At the end of each season, the Nebraska Section PGA hosts their Cup Series Championship, presented by Vinnie Krikac’s State Farm Insurance Agency. Quarry Oaks Golf Club plays host annually to a field made up of the top-28 Nebraska PGA Professionals on the season-long points list. Alongside the two-person Professional-only event, foursomes represented by two PGA Professionals and two University of Nebraska – PGA Golf Management students competed.
The Professional team format began with one best-ball on the front nine followed with a scramble on the back nine. The top five teams after 18 holes then competed in a ‘horse race’ shootout with their eyes set on the Vinnie Cup.
Christian Hall of Tiburon Golf Club and Tony Baranowski, PGA of Fremont Golf Club recorded one of the best front nine scores in the field with a 4-under – 31. Hall and Baranowski went onto shoot a bogey-free 10-under — 61 to grab the one seed in the shootout. Finishing runner-up was Alex Carper, PGA of Alex Carper Golf and Kevin Drew, PGA of PGA of America HQ at 8-under – 63. Three teams finished at 6-under – 65 to join the two at the top in the modified alternate shot horse race.
On No. 11 and the second hole of the shootout, Brian Steventon of Quarry Oaks Golf Club buried a 20-foot putt for birdie before Sam Jonell, PGA of Miracle Hills Golf & Tennis matched him. Steventon then hit a gutsy downhill shot in the chip-off to send him and Steve Friesen, PGA of Firethorn Golf Club to the next hole. After Hall and Baranowski were eliminated on No. 12, the two duos of Carper/Drew and Friesen/Steventon went head-to-head till No. 16.
On the uphill par four, Friesen hit a heroic shot to the green from the native area and Steventon capped it off with a 25-foot putt for birdie to capture the 2022 Nebraska PGA Cup Series Championship, presented by Vinnie Krikac’s State Farm Insurance Agency.
In the team event with the students and aspiring PGA Professionals, the foursome of Tony Baranowski, Christian Hall, Jackson Hamlin and Tyson Baldwin shot a combined 10-under par to win. Six birdies on the front nine and a bogey-free back propelled them to their victory. We would like to thank all of the students at the UNL PGM program that joined us for a great day and we’re excited about the recent growth and success within the program. Learn more about everything they offer at the University of Nebraska HERE.
We would like to thank Vinnie Krikac’s State Farm Insurance Agency for their overwhelming support of our PGA Professionals throughout the course of our tournament season. We would also like to thank our supporting sponsors AHEAD USA, Sterling Cut Glass and EZGO (Miller & Sons Golf Cars) for helping us take this event to the next level. We look forward to capping off our season next week at The Club at Indian Creek.
2022 Nebraska PGA Cup Series Championship Results (Pro-Only)
2022 Nebraska PGA / UNL PGM Event Results
About The Nebraska Section PGA
The Nebraska Section of the PGA is one of 41 Sections that together comprise the PGA of America. The Nebraska Section PGA is a non-for-profit organization comprised of nearly 300 PGA Members and Associates who strive to promote the enjoyment and growth of the game of golf. The Nebraska Section PGA encompasses the entire State of Nebraska, western fifth of Iowa and a small portion of South Dakota including Dakota Dunes and Yankton. The Section office is located in Lincoln, NE and acts as a resource for local and national golf information for the golf professional and amateur player alike. Our members are often referred to as “Club Professionals”, not to be mistaken as PGA Tour Professionals. Each Nebraska Section PGA Professional serves as an expert in the ever-changing business of golf. They are the leading expert players and teachers, skilled business managers, community leaders, and superior merchandisers who have dedicated their careers to the local delivery of these services.
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