Lead announcer Dan Hicks and producer Tommy Roy from NBC Golf continue to speak highly of Omaha Country Club as next year’s U.S. Senior Open host.
Hicks extolled OCC’s merits, giving analyst Johnny Miller an on-air primer, during Saturday’s Senior Open third-round telecast from Indianwood in suburban Detroit. He earlier told The World-Herald, “We fell in love with the place. This will be kind of an unveiling of one of this country’s really great championship courses.”
Roy, who’s a 4-handcap golfer, said last week at Indianwood that OCC ranks among his top eight courses “for the beauty and the challenge.”
“It’s a hidden gem no one knows about, but the world now gets to see it,’’ Roy said. “Televised in high-def, the course and its terrain will be tremendous to show.”
Roy said he’s so excited about 2013 that he may try to go through qualifying to play in the tournament.
AJGA Nebraska Junior starts at Quarry Oaks
Max Donohue of Sioux Falls, S.D., won Sunday’s TaylorMade-Adidas boys qualifier for the AJGA Nebraska Junior that begins Tuesday at Quarry Oaks near Ashland.
Donohue’s 4-under-par 67 was the only score that broke par on a course that played 6,795 yards. Michelle Xie of Palo Alto, Calif., led girls qualifying with a 1-over 72 from 6,045 yards. The 54-hole championship, with entrants from 16 states, concludes Thursday.
Boys qualifying: Max Donohue, Sioux Falls, S.D., 67; Ty Kennedy, Grand Forks, N.D., 71; Alexander Moorman, Centerville, Iowa, 72; Tom Vining, Sioux Falls, S.D., 72; Keevan Statz, Lincoln, 73; Matt Barry, Parkville, Mo., 75; Robert Mahaffey, Rogersville, Mo., 75; Cale Benson, Grand Island, Neb., 76; Clayton Peterson, Lincoln, 76
Girls qualifying: Michelle Xie, Palo Alto, Calif., 72; Sydney Bormann, Parkston, S.D., 84; Kathleen Marsh, Fargo, N.D., 84
Fremont to host Nebraska Cup matches
After last year’s rally in singles matches at the Norfolk Country Club, the Nebraska PGA team takes a 22-17-3 series lead into Friday’s Nebraska Cup matches at Fremont Golf Club.
Amateurs: Andy Sajevic, John Sajevic, Fremont; Jayson Brueggeman, Mike Vanier, Travis Minzel, Scott Tridle, Lincoln; Mike Krumland, Columbus; Ryan Nietfeldt, Tad Leistico, Patrick Duffy, Omaha; Wesley Bernt, Kearney; Brian Csipkes, Gretna
Professionals: Jon Petersen, Miracle Hill, Omaha; Jim White, West Nine, Lincoln; Mike Schuchart, Wilderness Ridge, Lincoln; Shane Zywiec, Highlands, Lincoln; Matt Nice, The Ridge GC, Sioux Center, Iowa; Scott Holly, UNL PGM Management Program, Lincoln; Bryan Hughett, Norfolk CC; Ted DiGiacomo, Council Bluffs CC; Pete Hagen, Johnny Goodman, Omaha; Chris Wiemers, Happy Hollow, Omaha; Tom Hearn, PGA Tour Rules, Lincoln; Ryan Vermeer, Oak Hills, Omaha.
NGA conducts new Little Junior Amateur
Joshua Chipman of Papillion and Megan Whittaker of Omaha were the boys and girls age 10-11 division champions in the first Nebraska Golf Association Little Junior Amateur, held Monday at Sunset Valley Country Club.
Steven and Derek Brannan of Bellevue won Sunday’s LJA parent-child tournament.
Little Junior Amateur—Boys 10-11: 1, Joshua Chipman, Papillion, 53. 2, Steven Brannan, Bellevue, 61. 3, John Canham, Norfolk, 64. Girls 10-11: 1, Megan Whittaker, Omaha, 54. 2, Chloe Paschal, Papillion, 78. Boys 8-9: 1, Ryan Miller, Omaha, 43. 2, tie, Tanner Walling, Wayne, Rex Soulliere, Omaha, 53. Girls 8-9: 1, Brynn Sundquist, Lincoln, 55. 2, Bridget Duffy, Omaha, 63, 3. Neely Adler, Lincoln, 67. Boys 6-7: 1, Harry Vondrak, Omaha, 77
LJA Parent-Child—Championship flight: 1, Derek and Steven Brannan, Bellevue, 42. 2, Joshua and Todd Chipman, Papillion, 43. First Flight: 1, Dale and DJ Savington, Omaha, 47. 2, Andrew and Kim Whittaker, Omaha, 47. Second Flight: 1, Bridget and Melissa Duffy, Omaha, 50. 2, Dan and Parker Jones, Omaha, 50
Countdown to Cox Classic
A look at the Web.com Tour in advance of the Aug. 2 to 5 Cox Classic at Champions Run:
This week: No tournament. The tour goes to Columbus, Ohio, for the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Invitational July 26 to 29.
Ex-Husker watch: Scott Gutschewski rose from 42nd to 29th on the money list with $95,259 after tying for second in the Utah Championship, one stroke behind winner Doug LaBelle II.
The (Salt Lake City) Deseret News reported Monday that Gutschewski, at 14 under, sought a ruling for relief from a sprinkler head on the par-5 17th hole. He was on the front fringe, 80 feet from the flagstick. After five minutes and no rules official appeared, he played on. His lag putt came up 8 feet short and he missed the ensuing putt to settle for par.
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