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Amateur Golfer of the Year Award (2018)


Omaha - The Nebraska Golf Association is proud to announce the selection of Omaha’s 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 Lincoln’s 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. Paul’s Dan Bahensky (1971-1972), Lincoln’s Steve Statton (1979-1980), Elkhorn’s Ryan Nietfeldt (2002-2003) and Gibbon’s 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 NGA’s majors, winning the Nebraska Amateur and the Nebraska Match Play, and is the first to do so since Sajevic in 2013. He’s 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 men’s 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 hadn’t 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 Tour’s 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.


Year Award Recipient Hometown
2018 Alex Schaake Omaha
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