Omaha - The Nebraska Golf Association is proud to announce the
selection of Norfolk's Luke Kluver as the 2017 Nebraska Junior
Amateur Golfer of the Year.
Despite not playing in either of the NGA's junior championships,
Kluver easily won the race for the award with the help of a USGA
trifecta. He advanced out of three USGA qualifiers in Nebraska
to play in two USGA championships, as well as U.S. Open Sectionals.
In May, he was the only amateur to earn a qualifying spot, joining
professionals Scott Gutschewski of Elkhorn and Brandon Crick of
McCook in advancing out of Local Qualifying and into Sectionals
for the 2017 U.S. Open. Kluver's 69 (-3) at The Country Club of
Lincoln trailed only Gutschewski on the day.
the U.S. Junior Amateur Sectional Qualifier at Elks Country Club
in Columbus in June. Kluver posted a round of 68 (-4) to take
the lone qualifying spot and advance to the U.S. Junior. Kluver
then caught fire during the first 18 holes of the 36-hole U.S.
Amateur Sectional Qualifier at ArborLinks in July, posting a 66
(-6) to take the lead. He held on down a wild home stretch on
day when temperatures soared into triple digits, eventually taking
the lone qualifying spot with a 140 (-4) total. He became the
first Nebraskan to advance out of all three qualifiers.
to his USGA success, Kluver put together another impressive performance
at the 50th Nebraska Match Play Championship at Shadow Ridge Country
Club in Omaha in June, finishing third in Stroke Playing Qualifying
amongst a field of 145 amateur golfers. Kluver won his first match,
but would fall in the Round of 16. He just missed out on repeating
at the NSAA Class A individual champion, but finished runner-up.
He won the Nebraska Junior PGA Championship by four strokes.
end of the season, Kluver put together rounds of 64 (-7), 70 (-1)
and 67 (-4) at the Nebraska Open at Elks Country Club in Columbus
in September. He was one of just three amateurs to make the cut,
winning low amateur by 12 strokes. Kluver finished tied for 4th
overall against a talented field of professionals, and was just
four strokes back of the winner.
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 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 Kluver in the upcoming Winter Issue of the Nebraska Golfer