CLAIMS JUNIOR GOLFER OF THE YEAR HONOR AGAIN
Omaha - The Nebraska Golf Association is proud to announce the
selection of Norfolk's Luke Kluver as the 2018 Nebraska Junior
Amateur Golfer of the Year.
Kluver is the seventh player to win the award in back-to-back
years. Despite not playing in either of the NGA's junior championships,
Kluver won the season points race by a large margin. In his sole
NGA championship start, Kluver advanced all the way to the semifinals
of the 51st Nebraska Match Play Championship at Champions Run
in Omaha. He only lost to the eventual champion Alex Schaake of
Omaha, who was playing on his home course, in extra holes. Kluver
also shot the lowest round of Stroke Play Qualifying, a 5-under
67 that propelled him to share medalist honors with Schaake and
Sean Song of Omaha at 139 (-5).
One of his best moments came at ArborLinks in Nebraska City, where
Kluver shot rounds of 69 (-3) and 67 (-5) to earn a spot in the
Web.com Tours Pinnacle Bank Championship. He topped a strong
field of amateurs and professionals at the Nebraska Qualifier
to advance to the Web.com Tour event at The Club at Indian Creek
in Elkhorn. Kluver went on to shoot rounds of 74 (+3) and 71 (E)
at Indian Creek to miss the cut by four strokes.
Kluver also notched wins at the Dinsdale Classic at Riverside
Golf Club in Grand Island and at the Labor Day Classic at his
home club, Norfolk Country Club. He came away from both wins with
tournament records as well. The first was in the first round of
the Dinsdale, as Kluver matched the tournament record of 64 (-8),
before outdueling Schaake in the final round to win by one stroke.
Then he scorched his home course, Norfolk Country Club, during
the final round to set a tournament and course record with a 10-under
par 62. He won the tournament by 17 strokes with a 129 (-15) total.
Kluver had success at the junior level as well, finishing tied
for fifth at the national Boys Junior PGA Championship at Valhalla
Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky. He won his second NSAA Class
A individual title in May, and finished T-25 at the North and
South Junior at Pinehurst Resort in July.
Kluver 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 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 December Issue of Nebraska Golfer.