Megan Whittaker and Kaitlynn Hanna of Omaha are headed to Augusta National for the 2016 Drive, Chip and Putt finals the Sunday before the Masters.
Whittaker had the best score in driving while winning the girls 14-15 age division in regional competition last weekend at Hazeltine in Minnesota. She is a sophomore at Elkhorn South who is undefeated in high school competition this fall.
Hanna qualified in the girls 12-13 division.
Tatanka open for business
Monday was opening day for Tatanka Golf Club at Feather Hill, the new Paul Albanese-designed casino resort course for the Santee Sioux Nation east of Niobrara, Nebraska.
As listed on the club’s website, greens fees for 18 holes with a riding cart are $42 per person on weekdays, $47 per person on weekends. Rates drop to $31 and $36, respectively, after 1 p.m., and $23 any day after 4 p.m.
Tatanka’s phone number is 402-857-3504.
Colleges come to Prairie Club
Some of the nation’s top college men’s golfers are going to test Prairie Club’s Dunes Course at the “Jackrabbit,” a new invitational hosted by South Dakota State from Sept. 25 to 28. The event will include Oregon, Arizona State, Texas A&M, Michigan State, Nebraska, Creighton and Missouri.
A component of the event is a 36-hole amateur team competition, separate from the college tournament, Sept. 27 and 28.
New facility at Platteview
Platteview Country Club has a new short game facility, between the 18th green and the club’s parking lot, the result of a 12-year agreement with Bellevue University to use Platteview as its home course.
Platteview pro Bobby O’Keefe said the new area consists of putting and chipping greens, a practice bunker and room to hit pitch shots up to 52 yards from fairway and rough lies.
Benson’s 50-year scramble
The party for the 50th anniversary of Benson Golf Course, 5333 N. 72nd St., is a four-person scramble Sept. 26 sponsored by Quality Brands Omaha. The event begins at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start. The cost is $50 per person and includes a riding cart, lunch, a 50-year anniversary T-shirt and prizes. Call the course at 402-444-4626 to sign up.
» New Husker Michael Colgate, the Nebraska match-play champion who transferred from UNK, tied for 10th at the D.A. Weibring Invitational at Normal, Illinois. Sean Song, a freshman from Omaha Burke, tied for 34th as Nebraska tied for sixth in the 18-team field.
» Jackson Wendling from Effingham, Illinois, is the first Husker in more than two years to be named Big Ten golfer of the week. At the Ballyneal Challenge at the noted Colorado course near Holyoke, which was a three-team event with Wyoming and Colorado, he shot even-par 142 for 36 holes to take fourth as an individual.
» Nebraska’s team of Omahans Susan Marchese (160) and Julie Seevers (173) and Lincoln’s Steph Kolbas (169) failed to advance to the final round of the USGA Women’s Team Championship at Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Marchese has been on every Nebraska team in the event.
Iowa’s team of Karli Kerrigan, Julie Buerman and Jenny Graeser also missed the cut.
» Brian Csipkes of Gretna advanced to the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship by winning a sectional qualifier at Wilderness Ridge in Lincoln. Csipkes shot a 1-under 70 to claim the only qualifying spot available for the championship that starts Oct. 3 at Vero Beach, Florida. Matt Carsey of Omaha and David Easley of Lincoln are the first and second alternates, respectively.
» Ex-Husker Madeleine Sheils, from Boise, Idaho, tied for 33rd at the Symetra Tour’s Prairie Bend Casino and Resort Classic on Sunday at Mayetta, Kansas. Mary Narzisi of Omaha missed the cut, despite a second-round 1-under 71. Sheils is 18th on the tour’s money list — the top 10 advance to the 2016 LPGA Tour — and Narzisi 72nd with four tournaments left.
» Californian Nick Delio cashed $10,000 as the winner of the Dakotas Tour’s PS Technology Pro-Am at the Prairie Club. On the season-ending money list, ex-O’Neill resident John Hurley finished 15th while playing in four events.