NEBRASKA CITY — Jim White parred the 18th hole at ArborLinks to win his 12th Nebraska Section Professional Championship by one stroke.
White, 63, fired a 3-under-par 69 in Tuesday's final round that tied runner-up Shane Zywiec for the day's low score. The director of golf at West Nine and Learning Center in Lincoln finished 54 holes at 8-under 208.
Going to the final nine, Zywiec led by one but dropped into a tie with a bogey 5 on the 13th. Both golfers birdied the 14th.
White carded a birdie on the par-5 16th, which Zywiec matched on the next hole to be even going to the 18th. A bogey, however, cost Zywiec, a teaching pro at Highlands in Lincoln, a chance to win his first section title.
White's title came on the 35th anniversary of his first championship, in 1978, when he won by eight at the now-closed Highland Country Club in Omaha.
Qualifiers for next year's national club pro championship are White, Zywiec, Chris Wiemers of Happy Hollow in Omaha, PGA Tour official Tom Hearn of Lincoln and Matt Nice of The Ridge in Sioux Center, Iowa.
1, Jim White, West Nine & Learning Center, 72-67-69—208. 2, Shane Zywiec, Highlands, 72-68-69—209. 3, tie, Chris Wiemers, Happy Hollow, 75-68-72—215; Tom Hearn, PGA Tour, 66-75-74—215. 5, Matt Nice, The Ridge, 74-70-74—218. 6, Nick Wanderscheid, Green Valley, 72-74-73—219. 7, Mike Schuchart, Wilderness Ridge, 72-73-75—220. 8, tie, James Kinney, GolfTec, 74-75-72—221; Bryan Hughett, Norfolk CC, 74-70-77—221; Mike Antonio, Happy Hollow, 71-73-77—221. 11, tie, Chad Lydiatt, Awarii Dunes, 72-78-72—222; Scott Holly, UNL PGM, 69-73-80—222. 13, Wade Foreman, 74-74-75—223. 14, tie, Brad Neunaber, Beatrice, 74-75-76—225; Phil Palmer, Miracle Hill, 72-75-78—225. 16, Nick Shanahan, Shadow Ridge, 72-78-76—226. 17, tie, Brett Evans, Awarii Dunes, 76-79-76—231; Bradley Goetsch, UNL PGM, 79-74-78—231; Pete Hagen, Goodman, 77-76-78—231; Mike VunCannon, Elks CC, 75-75-81—231.
Marchese takes lead after second-round 69
OAKLAND, Neb. — Three-time defending champion Susan Marchese of Omaha had seven birdies in the second round while shooting 69 to take the lead in the Nebraska senior women's amateur at Oakland Golf Club.
Marchese leads Jane Pohlman of Omaha — who won the title the four years prior to Marchese starting her streak — by three strokes. Pohlman shot 78 Tuesday without making a birdie.
In third, eight strokes behind Marchese entering Wednesday's final round, is Julie Hall of Norfolk.
Susan Marchese, Omaha, 77-69—146; Jane Pohlman, Omaha, 71-78—149; Julie Hall, Norfolk, 79-75—154; Cathy Nelson, Omaha, 77-80—157; Pat Linson, Papillion, 79-80—159; Linda Willis, Omaha, 78-81—159; Debbie Wilbeck, Omaha, 78-82—160; Dana Kness, Holdrege, 87-76—163; Tracy Whitley, Bellevue, 84-82—166; Barb Muldoon, Omaha, 84-83—167.