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Notes: Golf Show taking place at CenturyLink Center

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The people putting on the Omaha Golf Show at CenturyLink Center are hoping it’s not an ideal weekend to hit the links.

“It’s the third year the show’s been in Omaha and we’re still waiting for the perfect weather year when it’s cold and drizzly,” spokesman Brian Beaky said. “It was 5 degrees our first year and 85 last year. We can’t hit that sweet spot.”

The show is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission, good both days, is $12 for adults, $10 for those 60 and older and free for children under 12.

New this year is a Kids Day on Saturday. Youths will receive free lessons and a passport for free play on the show’s interactive games. They also can compete in a putting contest and get free lessons. Speakers that day include Joel Kock of First Tee Omaha.

For adults, there are giveaways including free rounds of golf and golf balls; putting, long-drive and short-game contests for the chance to win rounds of golf and stay-and-play vacations; free lessons from PGA professionals; and an indoor hitting range to test new equipment.

Beaky said attendance for each of the first two years has been about 5,000. Varsity Golf Shows, of Lynnwood, Washington, includes Omaha among its 10 stops nationally each year.

Sieckmann’s book on sale

James Sieckmann’s second golf instruction book goes on sale Tuesday.

“Your Putting Solution” (Avery, $28), is the follow up to “Your Short Game Solution,” Sieckmann’s 2015 book that ranks 25th on Amazon’s best-seller list for golf-related books. The new book covers four skills — how to start the ball on line, green reading, “touch and feel” and “the ‘It’ factor.”

Sieckmann operates the Golf Academy at Shadow Ridge. Golf Digest ranks him 29th on its list of the 50 Best Teachers in America.

Seminars deal with rules

The Nebraska Golf Association is involved in March with two major rules seminars, one for high school golfers and the other, on a much higher level, a USGA/PGA Rules of Golf workshop.

The two-hour high school rules seminars, which are free for players and coaches, are at 7 p.m. March 7 at Millard West (use west entrance), Riverside Golf Club in Grand Island and the Columbus High School auditorium and at 7 p.m. March 8 at Scotts Bluff Country Club in Scottsbluff and at the Nebraska School Activities Association office in Lincoln.

The Rules of Golf Workshop will be in Omaha from March 18 to 21, with March 9 the registration deadline. At $350, the workshop is designed for those wanting to learn more about the rules, perhaps with aspirations of becoming a rules official.

Go to https://2016rulesworkshops.usga.org/2016RulesWorkshops or call the NGA at 402-505-4653.

Nebraska PGA awards

Nearly a quarter-century after he was first honored, Tony Pesavento of Omaha Country Club will receive the Nebraska Section PGA Golf Professional of the Year award at the group’s annual spring meeting March 14 at Hillcrest Country Club in Lincoln.

A PGA member since 1983, Pesavento has been pro at the old Skyline Woods Country Club, Platteview, Field Club of Omaha and, since 1993, at OCC. He is in his second stint as Nebraska PGA president and helped host the 2013 U.S. Senior Open.

Also to be honored:

Teacher of the Year: James Sieckmann, Shadow Ridge.

Player Development: Bob Baber, Omaha Parks and Recreation.

Horton Smith-Education: Nathan Kalin, Fremont Golf Club.

Bill Strausbaugh-Club Relations: Matt Shaner, Kearney Country Club.

Youth Player Development: Karrie Van Ravenswaay, The Ridge Golf Club, Sioux Center, Iowa.

Merchandiser of the Year-Public: Joe Sutter, Quarry Oaks, Ashland.

Merchandiser of the Year-Private: Nick Muller, Country Club of Lincoln.

Facility of the Year: The Players Club, Omaha.

Sales Representative of the Year: Brad Wuhs, West Des Moines, Iowa.

Assistant Professional of the Year: Tom Johnson, Champions Run, Omaha.

Patriot Award: Jim White, Firethorn, Lincoln.

Players of the year: Shane Zywiec, Seward Country Club; Troy Harder, Wayne Country Club (seniors); Ryan Vermeer, Tiburon, Omaha (apprentices).

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