Ryan Vermeer has been given a special exemption for July’s Pinnacle Bank Championship at Indian Creek.

Vermeer, who is the director of instruction at Happy Hollow, is the 2018 PGA Professional Player of the Year who became the first from the Nebraska Section PGA to make the 36-hole cut in a PGA Championship.

“What Ryan has accomplished on the golf course in the past 12 months is unprecedented in Nebraska golf history, and he continues to perform at the highest level of his professional career,” said David Honnens, CEO of the Nebraska PGA.

The tournament’s board of directors granted Vermeer the exemption that would have gone to the winner of the Nebraska Qualifier that was scheduled for June 27 at ArborLinks. The qualifier, for any pro or top amateur with ties to the state, is to return in 2020.

Pro golfers still have an opportunity to compete in the Pinnacle Bank Championship by earning a spot through the Web.com Tour Monday qualifier at Bent Tree in Council Bluffs or at Wilderness Ridge in Lincoln on July 15. The state’s top amateur golfers can earn one of the unrestricted spots through the Indian Creek Invitational July 13 and 14 or through the Monday qualifier.