AUSTIN, TX – APRIL 17: Ryan Vermeer hits his shot from the fifth tee during the first round of the 54th PGA Professional Championship at the Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa on April 17, 2022 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Darren Carroll/PGA of America)

Austin, TX – Presented by Cadillac, Club Car and Rolex, the 2022 PGA Professional Championship took place these past four days at Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas with seven Nebraska PGA Professionals competing in the field. Featuring 312 of the best playing PGA Professionals across the country, all seven Nebraskans finished in the top half of the field with one finishing in the top five.

Qualifying for his fifth PGA Championship as part of the PGA of America’s Team of 20, Ryan Vermeer, PGA of Happy Hollow Club finished tied for fourth with rounds of 66, 69, 71 and 73 to card a four-day total of 4-under-par (206). Vermeer’s experience showed down the stretch by playing around par with conditions making a tough golf course, even tougher. Vermeer will tee it up at Southern Hills Country Club at the PGA Championship, the PGA Tour’s next major.

Playing alongside Vermeer this week was Jay Cottam, PGA of Meadowlark Hills Golf Course, Steve Friesen, PGA of Firethorn Golf Club, Ted DiGiacomo, PGA of Golf Galaxy Omaha, Nick Wanderscheid, PGA of Morningside University, Judd Cornell, PGA of The Players Club and Nick Shanahan, PGA of Shadow Ridge CC. The group qualified through our Nebraska Section PGA Professional Championship this past August at Champions Run Omaha.

In his first run with the national championship, Cottam began with rounds of 67 and 75 to sit at 1-over-par which was good enough to make the first cut. In his third round, he carded another 75 (+4) and missed the final cut by one stroke. DiGiacomo and Wanderscheid narrowly missed the first cut by just one.

The 2022 PGA Championship will tee of Thursday, May 19th and the Omaha native will look to make his second career cut at the event.

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