Omaha, NE – PGA REACH Nebraska, the charitable foundation of the Nebraska Section PGA held its annual Pro-Am today at Champions Run. This annual fundraising event was presented by The Patterson Family Foundation, adidas, Pinnacle Bank and supported by over 20 supporting sponsors. Founded in 2013, PGA REACH Nebraska is positively impacting the lives of those in our communities through three pillars; youth, military and diversity and inclusion.
In addition to many corporate companies coming together to support PGA REACH Nebraska these players were paired with 18-Nebraska PGA Professionals on a near perfect day for golf. Justin Herron of Pacific Springs G.C. capitalized on these conditions to post an impressive 4-under-par 68 to capture the low professional division. Herron’s round featured five birdies and one eagle but a few untimely bogeys prevented this round from being really special. Finishing one stroke back at three-under-par 69 was Ryan Vermeer, PGA, Director of Instruction at Happy Hollow Club. Vermeer’s round featured seven birdies and his first double-bogey of the season slowed down his chances of capturing another low professional title. Rounding out the top three with a couple solid rounds of golf at two-under-par 70 was Steve Friesen, PGA, Director of Instruction at Firethorn G.C. and Andrew Storm of Shadow Ridge G.C. The team portion of this event featured a one-net best ball shamble format where amateur golfers could take advantage of the PGA Professionals tee shots and their amateur partners. This format allowed for some great scores as Matt Shaner, PGA of Golf USA and his amateur partners, Greg Davis, Doug Mitchell, Doug Duda and Dave Keiter posted an impressive 23-under-par. Amateur’s Davis and Mitchell each had seven birdies while Keiter had five birdies. Finishing two strokes back in second place was the team of Vermeer and his amateur partners.
The camaraderie amongst all the groups was evident and they all played in support of raising money for PGA REACH Nebraska. Upon the completion of play scholar-athletes from the Boys & Girls Clubs shared their appreciation and passion for the game. Retired Veteran, David Karl, a 2018 PGA HOPE Graduate concluded the event by sharing how golf shaped his passion to get back into the swing of things on and off the course while also meeting passionate PGA Professionals who inspired him to stay the course.
We are truly appreciative to all the sponsors who supported this event that continues to help fund our foundations efforts to making an impact in our local communities. Special thanks to General Manager, Andy Reetz, Director of Golf, Greg Neujahr, PGA, Director of Grounds, Greg Jones and the entire professional team at Champions Run for hosting this tremendous event.
1 Matt Shaner Golf USA Greg Davis Doug Duda Dave Keiter Doug Mitchell
2 Ryan Vermeer Happy Hollow Club Jim Nedrow Gary Java Mike Buchmann Dan Bruce
T3 Jim White Fairways at Lincoln Brian Ritter J.R. Johnson Marc Wisdom Bob Smith
T3 Steve Friesen Firethorn GC Pete Maschka Chet Slump Erik Robinson Rick Kelley
T5 Dominick Mitchum Omaha CC Doug Patterson Steve Redlin Morgan Strattan Bob Tatten
T5 Greg Neujahr Champions Run Bryan Zechmann Rick Birdsall Chad McMahon Jay Johnson
7 Justin Onken Ashland GC Vinnie Krikac Scott Reins Vance Stauffer Doug Borer
8 Mike Antonio Happy Hollow Club Jeff Souba Tim Ziola Kelly Berens Stacy Hughes
9 Brad Bailey Champions Run Mack LaRock Matt Cradick Josh White Jim Prchal
10 Austin Miller Omaha CC Roy Patterson Chris Johnstone Matt Knowles Bobby Knowles
T11 Don Germer The Players Club at Deer Tim Halpine Bob Danenhauer Todd Engle Rod Raszler
T11 Jonathan Beaver Landsmeer GC Tim Stibbs Darin Cook Colin Fraterelli Greg McNeal
13 Josh Enholm Champions Run David Houghton Dan Houghton Pat Regan Andrew McCarville
T14 Kyle Schellpeper Oak Hills Tom Hamburger Jim Mullen Chris Rau Brian Spangler
T14 Tony Baranowski Fremont GC Steve Herman Jessica Keith Hans Maasdam Corey Keith
16 Andrew Storm Shadow Ridge CC James Barger Greg Stanek Rob Schmitt Denny O’Donnel
17 Mike Cornell Champions Run Mike Mackintosh Clark Horgan Travis Flodine Joe Pogge
18 Justin Herron Pacific Springs Jessica Brabec Alexis Boulos Molly Matt Christian Andrew
1 Justin Herron Pacific Springs
2 Ryan Vermeer Happy Hollow Club
T3 Andrew Storm Shadow Ridge CC
T3 Steve Friesen Firethorn GC
5 Tony Baranowski Fremont GC
T6 Greg Neujahr Champions Run
T6 Austin Miller Omaha CC
T6 Jonathan Beaver Landsmeer GC
T6 Josh Enholm Champions Run
T10 Mike Cornell Champions Run
T10 Justin Onken Ashland GC
12 Kyle Schellpeper Oak Hills
T13 Mike Antonio Happy Hollow Club
T13 Brad Bailey Champions Run
T15 Matt Shaner Golf USA
T15 Don Germer The Players Club at Deer
17 Dominick Mitchum Omaha CC
About PGA REACH Nebraska
Founded in 2013, PGA REACH Nebraska is the 501 (c)(3) charitable foundation of the Nebraska Section PGA. The mission of PGA REACH Nebraska is to positively impact the lives of youth, military, and diverse populations through the game of golf.