Ashland, NE – The Nebraska Section PGA annually hosts the Legends of Golf Classic to honor and celebrate the PGA Professionals who have paved the way for future generations. The event is only eligible for PGA Members who have served for 20 or more years or that are 50 years of age and older. 32 Nebraska PGA Professionals were in the 2022 field and the group represented 863 years of PGA Membership.
The format of the event is two-person teams with one best ball on the par 3’s and a shamble on the par 4’s and 5’s. Tee times began at Iron Horse Golf Club with 16 teams enjoying one of the best days of weather we’ve had this season.
Early in the day, Dennis Vontz, PGA of Highlands GC and Tim Rowland, PGA of Pioneers GC sat on top of the leaderboard after birdies on No. 2 and No. 6. Jim White, PGA MP of The Fairways at Lincoln and Jon Petersen, PGA came into the day as defending champions but after a bogey on their second hole of the day, they suddenly found themselves in a different situation.
After kicking into gear on No. 4 with a birdie to get back to even, White and Petersen went on to birdie three of the next five holes to make the turn at 3-under par. The duo kept it going on the back by firing a bogey-free 31 (5-under par) highlighted by five birdies between hole No. 10 and No. 16. Rusty Jensen, PGA of The Bluffs GC and Mark Nygaard, PGA of Eagle Hills GC tried to make a late run by posting a field-best 30 (6-under par) on the back nine but they came up just short and finished tied for second at 5-under-par.
We would like to thank General Manager Brian Kuta, PGA and the rest of the Professional staff at Iron Horse Golf Club for hosting another tremendous event. We would also like to thank Club Car (Nebraska Golf & Turf), FootJoy, PGA Tour, Coors Light and White Claw Hard Seltzer for supporting today’s event and our Nebraska PGA Professionals. Next up on the tournament slate is our Pro-Pro/Scratch-Scratch event at Omaha Country Club next Monday.
1 Jim White Fairways at Lincoln
Jon Petersen Tiburon Golf Club
T2 Rusty Jensen The Bluffs Golf Course
Mark Nygaard Eagle Hills Golf Course
T2 David Schneider Happy Hollow Club
Ty Stewart Lost Rail Golf Club
T4 Mike Schuchart Wilderness Ridge Golf Club
Brian Steventon Quarry Oaks Golf Club
T4 Tim Rowland Pioneers Golf Course
Denis Vontz Highlands Golf Course
T4 Charlie Borner
T4 R.W. Eaks PGA Life Member
Bill Thomas York Country Club
T8 Mike Antonio Happy Hollow Club
Greg Neujahr Champions Run
T8 Mark Baumann Eagle Hills Golf Course
10 Jeff Porter The First Tee of Omaha
Bryan Hughett Albion Country Club
11 Phil Palmer Miracle Hill Golf & Tennis
12 Matt Nelson Floyd Park Golf Course
Scott Harmelink Green Valley Golf Course
13 Joe Finnegan Shadow Ridge Country Club
Bob Vermeer Shadow Ridge Country Club
14 Cory Fletcher GOLFTEC-Omaha
Joe Sutter Quarry Oaks Golf Club
T15 Mike Cornell Champions Run
Dawn Neujahr Champions Run
T15 John Craw
Bob Saffer Crooked Creek Golf Club