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Junior Amateur Golfer of the Year Award (2018)

KLUVER 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 Tour’s 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.

HISTORY

Year Award Recipient Hometown
2018 Luke Kluver Norfolk
2017 Luke Kluver Norfolk
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