Lincoln, NE. – A hot and steamy day for golf welcomed some of the top Nebraska Section PGA Professionals and amateur golfers to the 13th Golf FORE The Troops Pro-Am at Wilderness Ridge Golf Club.  Mike Coatman, of Firethorn Golf Club and Shane Zywiec, PGA of Highlands Golf Course took advantage of these conditions to post three-under-par 68 to capture the low professional title.  At the end of the day, Zywiec came out victorious in the playoff against Coatman to capture the trophy.

The team competition featured a 23-under-par finish led by Mike Antonio, PGA of Happy Hollow Club and his amateur partners, Drew Antonio, Jeff Eikmeier and Jamie Otto.

The special day also featured the 13th anniversary of the Golf FORE the Troops Pro-Am presented by Nelnet and Baxter Toyota.  Since the inception of this event, it has raised over $170,000 in scholarships to Nebraska children of military parents who have served in IRAQ, Afghanistan or in any other military conflict since 9/11.  The Nebraska Section PGA is truly appreciative to all the sponsors and we look forward to another fantastic Golf FORE The Troops in 2020.

Lastly, special thanks to PGA Head Professional, Chris Thomson, Golf Course Superintendent, Tom Athy and the entire professional team at Wilderness Ridge G.C. for hosting this terrific event that continues to benefit those who have given it all so we can have our freedom.


1   Mike Antonio Happy Hollow Club Team 17 Professional Drew Antonio Jeff Eikmeier Jamie Otto               62-57–119 -23

2   Alex Carper Wilderness Ridge Team 1  Carper Steve Carper Jeff Barclay RJ Lipert                                          65-57–122 -20

3   Kyle Schellpeper Oak Hills Team 12 Schellpeper Mike Depa Brian Elsasser Jimmy Norris                             59-67–126 -16

T4  Mike Coatman Firethorn GC Team 8 Coatman Andy Nealon Drew Wergin Sean Yost                                    64-63–127 -15

T4  Sam Jonell Miracle Hill G&T Team 13 Professional Don Bowman Greg Duncan James Hershberger          61-66–127 -15

T4  Ryan Vermeer Happy Hollow Club Team 23 Professional John Eriksen LeRoy Kibby Dale Broekemeier    67-60–127 -15

T7  Justin Herron Pacific Springs Team 9 Herron Jim Atkinson Jeff Warren  Jarvin Warren                               65-63–128 -14

T7  Billy Keane Sioux City CC Team 14 Professional Rick Grenko Rachel  Grenko Brandon Fridh                        63-65–128 -14

T9  Jonathan Beaver Landsmeer GC Team 7 Beaver Seth Vander Wiede  Mallory Palsma Tom Truesdell          63-66–129 -13

T9  Scott Holly UNL PGM Program Team 17 Professional Kirt Nolde Nate Nolde Nikolai Knezovich                  65-64–129 -13

T9  Mike Cornell Champions Run Team 20 Professional Dwight Bollinger Rod Cerny Mike Thesing                   61-68–129 -13

T12 Nick Wanderscheid Green Valley Golf Course Team 4 Wanderscheid Scott Tridle Jay Moore Dan Biggs     65-65–130 -12

T12 Denis Vontz Highlands GC Team 19 Professional Dan Mlnarik Todd Lorenz Nate Vontz                                 67-63–130 -12

T14 Ted DiGiacomo Golf Galaxy – Omaha Team 10 DiGiacomo Jeff McPherson Eric Piatkowski Dustin Heng   64-67–131 -11

T14 Troy Harder Wayne Country Club Team 11 Harder Andy Diediker Kelly Hansen Doug Rose                           65-66–131 -11

T14 Brad Bailey Champions Run Team 18 Professional Shelly Bailey Tandy Bailey Travis Wells                             66-65–131 -11

T17 Greg Johannesen Fairways at Lincoln Team 5 Johannesen Alex Walter Jeremy McHugh Brian McHugh     69-65–134 -8

T17 Steve Friesen Firethorn GC Team 6 Friesen Jace Guthmiller Jason Peter Alan Hersch                                       67-67–134 -8

T19 Seth Ray Beatrice Country Club Team 3 Ray Eric Thomsen John Rypma Jake Sorensen                                    67-68–135 -7

T19 Jim White Fairways at Lincoln Team 22 Professional Ben Kiser Matt Spethman Tom Massey                          67-68–135 -7

T21 Shane Zywiec Highlands GC Team 15 Professional Vinnie Krikac Tim Bixenmann Justin Roach                      66-70–136 -6

T21 Anthony Driscoll Bent Tree Team 2 Driscoll John Buckley Steve Dermody Don Taylor                                       69-67–136 -6

23  Tony Baranowski Fremont GC Team 21 Professional Tom Ballard Robert Arias Dave Breetzke                          69-68–137 -5


T1  Mike Coatman      Firethorn GC                              34-34–68 -3

T1  Shane Zywiec      Highlands GC                              33-35–68 -3

T3  Justin Herron     Pacific Springs                             34-35–69 -2

T3  Ryan Vermeer      Happy Hollow Club                  34-35–69 -2

T5  Ted DiGiacomo     Golf Galaxy – Omaha                36-35–71 E

T5  Sam Jonell        Miracle Hill G&T                            35-36–71 E

T7  Tony Baranowski   Fremont GC                              36-36–72 +1

T7  Kyle Schellpeper  Oak Hills                                       33-39–72 +1

T9  Jonathan Beaver   Landsmeer GC                           35-39–74 +3

T9  Billy Keane       Sioux City CC                                    37-37–74 +3

T9  Scott Holly       UNL PGM Program                          37-37–74 +3

T9  Brad Bailey       Champions Run                               38-36–74 +3

T13 Seth Ray          Beatrice Country Club                      37-38–75 +4

T13 Nick Wanderscheid Green Valley Golf Course      38-37–75 +4

T13 Mike Antonio      Happy Hollow Club                     37-38–75 +4

T16 Steve Friesen     Firethorn GC                                   40-36–76 +5

T16 Troy Harder       Wayne Country Club                     38-38–76 +5

T18 Alex Carper       Wilderness Ridge                            39-38–77 +6

T18 Mike Cornell      Champions Run                              38-39–77 +6

20  Anthony Driscoll  Bent Tree                                       40-38–78 +7

21  Jim White         Fairways at Lincoln                          40-40–80 +9

22  Denis Vontz       Highlands GC                                   43-42–85 +14