Omaha - The Nebraska Golf Association is proud to announce the
selection of Omahas Alex Schaake as the 2018 Nebraska Amateur
Golfer of the Year. Schaake is the 51st recipient of this award,
which was introduced 50 years ago in 1968, when Lincolns
R.B. Lau won the inaugural award.
It is the fifth straight postseason recognition for Schaake, who
is the fifth player to win this award in back-to-back years, joining
St. Pauls Dan Bahensky (1971-1972), Lincolns Steve
Statton (1979-1980), Elkhorns Ryan Nietfeldt (2002-2003)
and Gibbons Rylee Reinertson (2015-2016). Prior to winning
the award in 2017, Schaake had won three straight Nebraska Junior
Amateur Golfer of the Year awards from 2014-2016. He also joins
Reinertson and Andy Sajevic, now of Omaha, as the only players
to win both awards at least twice.
Schaake continues to cement his name in history, putting together
another incredible 2018 campaign. He won at least one NGA title
for the fifth straight year, and won at least two titles for the
third time in that stretch. Schaake became the sixth player to
sweep the NGAs majors, winning the Nebraska Amateur and
the Nebraska Match Play, and is the first to do so since Sajevic
in 2013. Hes now played in 22 NGA championships, winning
nine of those, which ties John Sajevic of Fremont and Knox Jones
of Lincoln for the most all-time mens titles.
It was another dominant performance for Schaake at the 110th Nebraska
Amateur Championship at Fremont Golf Club in July. The University
of Iowa junior cruised to an impressive 271 (-13) total to win
by nine strokes, tied for the second largest winning margin in
Nebraska Amateur history. Schaake join greats Johnny Goodman and
Bob Astleford of Omaha as the only players to win at least three
straight titles. He also joins six other players who have won
three Nebraska Amateurs, the fourth most all-time.
In June, Schaake did something he hadnt done before, winning
the 51st Nebraska Match Play Championship at his home club, Champions
Run in Omaha. Schaake earned co-medalist honors in Stroke Play
Qualifying, then battled through a tough bracket as the No. 2
seed, twice winning in extra-holes, including over the 2018 Nebraska
Junior Golfer of the Year, Luke Kluver of Norfolk in the semifinals.
He also took down the defending champion, Jay Cottam of Hebron
in the Round of 16. He then won big in the 36-hole final, defeating
Husker golfer Jace Guthmiller, 7 and 6.
In addition to the historic sweep, Schaake was medalist at Sectional
Qualifying for the 2018 U.S. Amateur Championship, where he scorched
Firethorn Golf Club in Lincoln with rounds of 68 (-3) and 64 (-7)
for a 132 (-10) total. He advanced to play in the 2018 U.S. Amateur
at Pebble Beach and narrowly missed the cut to match play. Schaake
advanced through Monday Qualifying to get into the Web.com Tours
Pinnacle Bank Championship at The Club at Indian Creek in Elkhorn.
He was runner-up to Kluver at the Dinsdale Classic at Riverside
Golf Club in Grand Island, and finished tied for third at the
Indian Creek Invitational. Schaake also finished T-35 at the Sunnehanna
Amateur against a very talented national field.
Schaake will be honored at the Nebraska Golf Association's annual
awards banquet on Friday, November 16 at Omaha Country Club. In
addition, the NGA will recognize its Senior Amateur Golfer of
the Year, Junior Amateur Golfer of the Year and Girls 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 December Issue of Nebraska Golfer.