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Amateur Golfer of the Year Award (2017)

SCHAAKE IS NEBRASKA GOLFER OF THE YEAR

Omaha - Omaha's Alex Schaake has hoisted at least one NGA trophy each of the past four years. That success has led him to a postseason award each year as well, and this year is no different. Schaake is the 2017 Nebraska Amateur Golfer of the Year, the highest such award for amateur golf in the state.

Schaake won the Junior Golfer of the Year award three straight years, and now is the Amateur Golfer of the Year for the first time, becoming the ninth player to have won both awards. It's the sixth straight year the Amateur Golfer of the Year is a former Junior Golfer of the Year, with one of those being Alex's older brother Carson.

His performance in the 109th Nebraska Amateur Championship at Beatrice Country Club was one for the ages. He was five strokes back after the first round, and eventually won by seven strokes. Schaake played the final three rounds in 18-under par. He made 24 birdies to just six bogeys, with no double-bogeys or worse, one of only two players in the entire field to do so. He shot the lowest final round ever, a 7-under 65, and his 270 (-18) total is the second lowest 72-hole total of all-time. He's just the eighth player to win back-to-back titles in the 109-year history of the championship.

The Nebraska Amateur performance speaks for itself on why Schaake is the top amateur golfer in the state in 2017. Though, he was also medalist in Stroke Play Qualifying for the 50th Nebraska Match Play Championship at Shadow Ridge Country Club. He was the only player to post two under-par rounds, a couple of 3-under 69s to take the honors by three strokes. He eventually fell in extra holes in the Round of 16.

A couple weeks earlier, Schaake picked up a big win at Riverside Golf Club in Grand Island. He shot rounds of 66 (-6) and 71 (-1), before surviving a five-hole play-off with Bellevue's Dylan Heng to win the Dinsdale Classic. He also finished in a tie for ninth at the Fremont Invitational in June, and tied for 13th in the Indian Creek Invitational in July.

Schaake will be honored at the Nebraska Golf Association's annual awards banquet on Friday, November 17 at The Country Club of Lincoln. In addition, the NGA will recognize its Junior Amateur Golfer of the Year, Girls’ Amateur Golfer of the Year and Senior Amateur Golfer of the Year. The Nebraska Women's Amateur Golf Association's Player of the Year will also be honored.

Read the full story on Schaake in the upcoming Winter Issue of the Nebraska Golfer eMagazine.

HISTORY

Year Award Recipient Hometown
2017 Alex Schaake Omaha
2016 Rylee Reinertson Gibbon
2015 Rylee Reinertson Gibbon
2014 Carson Schaake Omaha
2013 Andy Sajevic Fremont
2012 Ryan Nietfeldt Omaha
2011 Kevin Stanek Bellevue
2010 Andy Sajevic Fremont
2009 Brandon Crick McCook
2008 Jayson Brueggemann Lincoln
2007 John Hurley O'Neill
2006 Patrick Duffy Omaha
2006 Brady Schnell Lincoln
2005 John Hurley O'Neill
2004 Judd Cornell Omaha
2004 A.J. Elgert Lincoln
2003 Ryan Nietfeldt Omaha
2002 Ryan Nietfeldt Omaha
2001 Knox Jones Lincoln
2000 Bill Spangler Lincoln
1999 David Clouse Friend
1998 Steve Friesen Lincoln
1997 David Clouse Friend
1996 John Sajevic Fremont
1995 David Clouse Friend
1994 Knox Jones Lincoln
1993 Larry Sock Lincoln
1992 David Clouse Friend
1991 Mike Rack Lincoln
1990 Larry Sock Lincoln
1989 John Sajevic Fremont
1988 Larry Sock Lincoln
1987 Bill Spangler Lincoln
1986 David Walker Omaha
1985 Larry Sock Lincoln
1984 Mark Maness Lincoln
1983 Mike Schuchart Lincoln
1982 Mark Maness Lincoln
1981 Dave Maurstad Beatrice
1980 Steve Statton Lincoln
1979 Steve Statton Lincoln
1978 Mike Klein Scottsbluff
1977 Larry Sock Lincoln
1977 Mike Hughett Lincoln
1976 Tom Sieckmann Omaha
1975 Dan Bahensky Lincoln
1974 Tom Sieckmann Omaha
1973 Charlie Borner, Lincoln
1972 Dan Bahensky St. Paul
1971 Dan Bahensky
St. Paul
1970 Frank Rose Fairbury
1969 Jim Shade Norfolk
1968 R. B. Lau Lincoln