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Junior Amateur Golfer of the Year Award (2016)

SCHAAKE CLAIMS JUNIOR GOLFER OF THE YEAR HONOR

Omaha - The Nebraska Golf Association is proud to announce the selection of Omaha's Alex Schaake as the 2016 Nebraska Junior Amateur Golfer of the Year.

Schaake wraps up his historic junior career by becoming the first player to ever win the award three times, also winning in 2014 and 2015. This summer, Schaake swept the NGA’s junior championships for the second time in two years and became the first junior since Ryan Vermeer in 1996 to win the Nebraska Amateur.

Schaake captured the 108th Nebraska Amateur Championship in dramatic fashion at Omaha Country Club in July, birdieing two of his last three holes to hold off a charging Rylee Reinertson of Gibbon. Schaake’s birdie on the 72nd hole gave him a two-stroke victory, matching Vermeer’s feat 20 years earlier. The Iowa Hawkeye freshman also won the Nebraska Junior Match Play title, rolling through the bracket and making a walk-off hole-in-one in his semifinal match. He cruised to a 9 and 8 win in the 36-hole final over La Vista’s Ben Broderick.

Schaake was dominant again in winning the Nebraska Junior Amateur by four-strokes at his home course, Champions Run in Omaha. He tied the championship scoring record with a 207 (-9) 54-hole total, and became the first player to win three titles, also having won in 2014 and 2015. He’s also the first player to win both junior titles at least twice.

Schaake is now competing for the University of Iowa and has broken into the varsity lineup as a freshman.

Schaake will be honored at the Nebraska Golf Association's 50-Year Anniversary Gala featuring Ben Crenshaw and presented by Sunice and Bobby Jones. The Gala will take place Friday, November 18, at the CenturyLink Convention Center in Omaha. In addition, the NGA will recognize its Girls' Amateur Golfer of the Year, Senior Amateur Golfer of the Year and Amateur Golfer of the Year.


HISTORY

Year Award Recipient Hometown
2016 Alex Schaake Omaha
2015 Alex Schaake Omaha
2014 Alex Schaake Omaha
2013 Carson Schaake Omaha
2012 Rylee Reinertson Gibbon
2011 Rylee Reinertson Gibbon
2011 Drew Taylor Omaha
2010 John Spellerberg Fremont
2009 Andy Sajevic Fremont
2008 Josh Reinertson Gibbon
2007 Andy Sajevic Fremont
2006 Bobby Knowles Omaha
2005 John Hurley O'Neill
2004 Joe Kubick Lincoln
2003 Chris Bruening Norfolk
2002 Brady Bauer Lincoln
2002 Judd Cornell Omaha
2001 Nathan Lashley Scottsbluff
2000 Nathan Lashley Scottsbluff
1999 A.J. Elgert Lincoln
1999 J.J. Sullivan Omaha
1998 Seth Porter Hastings
1997 Seth Porter Hastings
1996 Ryan Vermeer Omaha
1995 Steve Friesen Lincoln
1994 David Hersch Lincoln
1994 Ryan Vermeer Omaha
1993 Ryan Nietfeldt Grand Island
1992 Kit Grove Lincoln
1991 Geoff Friesen Lincoln
1990 Troy Petracek Crete
1989 Brian Bock Lincoln
1988 Jason Peterson Oakland
1987 Scott Hoffman Omaha
1986 Jason Peterson Oakland
1985 Hap Pocras Lincoln
1984 Hap Pocras Lincoln
1983 Mike Peterson Oakland
1982 Mike Peterson Oakland