Nebraska has its turn to host the Midwest Cup amateur team tournament and chose one of the state's nationally ranked courses to be host.
Wild Horse Golf Club in Gothenburg — No. 54 on Golfweek's list of the best modern courses in the U.S. — will greet more than 25 winners of state amateur championships for the unique three-day event that begins Friday. It's the only annual eight-team amateur tournament in the country. Golfers must be 25 or older.
Other states that send teams are Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, South Dakota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota.
On Nebraska's team are captain Dave Shillinglaw of Papillion, Patrick Duffy, Ryan Nietfeldt, Ed Person, Matt Carsey, Rick Dusek and Steve Redlin of Omaha, Jayson Brueggemann of Lincoln and Mike Krumland of Columbus.
There is a 54-hole individual competition in conjunction with the 36-hole team event. The Chick Evans Caddy Scholarship Fund is the primary beneficiary of the Midwest Cup. Other donations will go to the Nebraska Junior Golf Association and the Gothenburg girls and boys high school teams.
Former Omaha Westside and Iowa State place-kicker Ty Stewart is Iowa's captain. Ex-Lincoln golfer Todd Sapp is on the Iowa team. On the Kansas team are former Nebraskans Kit Grove (Lincoln) and Tyler Chapman (York).
Sooner wins hickory event
Roger Andrews of Jenks, Okla., shot rounds of 73 and 74 at Field Club to capture the 36th Heart of America hickory golf championship this past weekend. Cindy Austin of Omaha was the ladies champion, Dr. Kevin Cawley of Omaha the Senior Reserve winner and Ron Luster, Jim Brown, Scott Hoisington and Joe Engle the winning scramble team.
The tournament drew 56 golfers. Next year's tournament will be held at Grand View in Des Moines.
Around the Midlands
» The first History on the Greens golf outing to benefit the Great Plains Black History Museum is Friday at Shoreline in Carter Lake. The format is a nine-hole scramble and nine holes of stroke play. Entry fee is $150 a golfer, which includes a one-year membership to the museum, a one-year subscription to African American Golfers Digest and an autographed copy of “Uneven Lies” by Pete McDaniel. Call 402-216-3852.
» Sam Meuret of Brunswick, Neb., reached the match-play portion of the U.S. Junior Amateur last week. After tying for 38th in qualifying, he dropped his first match 4 and 3.
» Ryan Nietfeldt of Omaha won the recent Indian Creek Invitational by six strokes over new state match-play champion Andy Sajevic of Fremont. Nietfeldt was 2-under par for 36 holes.
» Omaha attorney Dean Kratz has received the Independent Book Publishers Association Benjamin Franklin Silver Award for best book redesign for “Golf in the Nebraska Sand Hills,” published by Concierge Marketing of Omaha.
» Ex-Husker Steph Kolbas, after winning her 15th Lincoln women's city title, is four away from the record 19 of Jean Hyland. Scott Tridle won the Lincoln men's title by four strokes.
» A $1.5 million clubhouse has opened at Holmes Golf Course in Lincoln, replacing a “temporary” structure that was used since the course opened in 1964.