Nebraska City, NE – Ryan Vermeer, PGA Director of Instruction at Happy Hollow Club repeated as champion of the Nebraska Section PGA Professional Championship, at ArborLinks. Vermeer will lead six Section PGA Professionals to compete in the 53rd PGA Professional Championship, April 26-29 at Omni Barton Creek Resort and Spa in Austin, Texas.

Vermeer followed up yesterday’s stellar play with a final round of five-under-par 67 and a 15-under-par 201 total to repeat as the Nebraska Section PGA Professional Champion.  Steve Friesen, PGA, Director of Instruction at Firethorn G.C. began they day four strokes back but never closed the gap on Vermeer.  Friesen finished with an even-par 72 in the final round and a six-under-par 210 total good enough for runner-up of this championship.  Finish in third place was the ageless wonder, Jim White, PGA MP and Director of Golf at the Fairways at Lincoln who will compete in a PGA of America record 31st PGA Professional Championship.  Past champion, Chris Wiemers, PGA, of Stone Creek G.C. makes a return to this championship as he finished with a one-over-par 217 total.  Jonathan Beaver, PGA GM of Landsmeer G.C. fired a final round even-par 72 equaling Wiermers total with a one-over-par 217 total.  This will be Beaver’s fourth consecutive appearance at the PGA Professional Championship.  The round of the day went to Ted DiGiacomo, PGA of Golf Galaxy-Omaha who fired a final round six-under-par 66 and good enough to earn his first ever appearance into this championship.

The PGA Professional Championship and 41 PGA Section Championships feature a total purse of more than $1.5 million. The PGA Professional Championship purse is $550,000, distributed among those who make the cut in the 312-player field. Golf Channel will televise all four rounds of the national Championship.

If eligibility is met and maintained, the low 20 scorers in 2020 will earn berths into the 102nd PGA Championship, May 14-17, at Harding Park Golf Club, San Francisco, California.

In addition to the Walter Hagen Cup, the PGA Professional Championship winner also receives an exemption into the next 10 PGA Professional Championships and exemptions into six PGA TOUR events over a 12-month period.

Established in 1968, the PGA Professional Championship roster of Champions includes the following premier TOUR professionals: Sam Snead, Bob Rosburg, Don Massengale, Ed Dougherty, Larry Gilbert, and Bruce Fleisher.

The PGA Professional Championship is presented by Cadillac, Club Car and OMEGA. Supporting sponsors are Titleist/FootJoy, NIKE and TaylorMade Golf.  Presenting partners are Golf Channel and the PGA TOUR. The 41 Section Championships and the National Championship offer a combined purse of $1.5 million.

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The Nebraska Section of the PGA is one of the 41 Sections that together comprise the PGA of America.  The Nebraska Section is a non-for-profit organization comprised of approximately 261 PGA Members and 21 PGA 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 players 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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Nebraska PGA Professional Championship Results:
August 5th & 6th – ArborLinks

1   Ryan Vermeer      Happy Hollow Club             64-70-67–201 -15
2   Steve Friesen     Firethorn GC                  74-64-72–210 -6
3   Jim White         Fairways at Lincoln           71-74-70–215 -1
T4  Chris Wiemers     Stone Creek GC                69-74-74–217 +1
T4  Jonathan Beaver   Landsmeer GC                  74-71-72–217 +1
6   Ted DiGiacomo     Golf Galaxy – Omaha           76-77-66–219 +3

7   Nick Wanderscheid Green Valley Golf Course      78-71-71–220 +4
8   Shane Zywiec      Highlands GC                  72-82-67–221 +5
9   Bryan Hughett     Albion CC                     78-74-70–222 +6
T10 Tom Hearn         PGA Tour                      75-78-70–223 +7

T10 Jon Petersen      Tiburon GC                    75-76-72–223 +7
T12 J. D. Brake       ArborLinks                    75-75-75–225 +9
T12 Pete Hagen        Johnny Goodman GC             73-70-82–225 +9
14  Brad Bailey       Champions Run                 80-73-73–226 +10
T15 Devon Kastler     Ashland GC                    75-76-77–228 +12
T15 Sarah Pravecek    Wilderness Ridge              71-73-84–228 +12
T17 Mike Antonio      Happy Hollow Club             79-74-76–229 +13
T17 Jonathan Moore    Platteview Country Club       75-74-80–229 +13
T19 Tony Baranowski   Fremont GC                    73-80-77–230 +14
T19 Troy Harder       Wayne Country Club            79-74-77–230 +14
T19 Alex Janssen      Ridge Golf Club               75-77-78–230 +14
T19 Justin Onken      Ashland GC                    74-75-81–230 +14
T23 Scott Holly       UNL PGM Program               83-73-75–231 +15
T23 Kyle Schellpeper  Oak Hills                     81-78-72–231 +15
T23 Ryan Norman       Fox Run                       73-82-76–231 +15
T23 Don Germer        The Players Club at Deer      77-75-79–231 +15
27  Greg Neujahr      Champions Run                 83-75-75–233 +17
T28 Derrick Ceder     Nebraska Wesleyan U.          80-78-76–234 +18
T28 Nathan Kalin      Fremont GC                    79-78-77–234 +18
T30 Brian Steventon   Quarry Oaks                   78-79-78–235 +19
T30 Sam Jonell        Miracle Hill G&T              81-76-78–235 +19
T30 Billy Keane       Sioux City CC                 79-75-81–235 +19
T30 Mark Nygaard      Stone Creek GC                76-77-82–235 +19
34  Kevin Drew        Field Club of Omaha           81-78-78–237 +21
35  Nick Shanahan     Shadow Ridge CC               77-81-80–238 +22
T36 Chris Cover       Happy Hollow Club             77-80-82–239 +23
T36 James Sieckmann   Shadow Ridge CC               78-81-80–239 +23
T36 Travis Anderson   Wild Horse Golf Club          78-77-84–239 +23
T36 Brad Neunaber     Hidden Valley GC              79-82-78–239 +23
40  Derek Jensen      Highlands GC                  84-77-80–241 +25
41  Bobby O’Keefe     Oak Hills                     79-79-84–242 +26
42  Nick St. Onge     Country Club of Lincoln       83-84-80–247 +31
T43 Joe Sutter        Quarry Oaks                   84-76-88–248 +32
T43 Casey Richardson  Dakota Dunes Country Club     82-81-85–248 +32
T43 Greg Gilg         Field Club of Omaha           85-80-83–248 +32
T43 Austin Miller     Omaha CC                      85-84-79–248 +32
T43 William Jacobsen  The Knolls GC                 86-82-80–248 +32
T48 Dominick Mitchum  Omaha CC                      79-82-89–250 +34
T48 Tom Johnson       Norfolk Country Club          83-83-84–250 +34
50  Gil Russell       Norfolk Country Club          82-85-85–252 +36
T51 Scott Harmelink   Green Valley Golf Course      80-85-89–254 +38
T51 Denis Vontz       Highlands GC                  80-91-83–254 +38
53  Seth Ray          Beatrice Country Club         88-82-86–256 +40
T54 Derek Carlson     Shadow Ridge CC               80-86-94–260 +44
T54 Mike VunCannon    Elks Country Club             92-83-85–260 +44
56  Kevin Boehler     Field Club of Omaha           86-85-90–261 +45
57  Josh Enholm       Champions Run                 90-90-87–267 +51
T58 Reed Schellen     Elkhorn Acres GC              82-91-95–268 +52
T58 Scott Carlson     Holmes Park GC                90-88-90–268 +52
60  Greg Johannesen   Fairways at Lincoln           91-90-92–273 +57
61  James Weaver      Platteview Country Club       81-84-113–278 +62