Vermeer and Zywiec End Season On High Note
Omaha, NE – Ryan Vermeer of Tiburon G.C. and Shane Zywiec, PGA of Seward C.C. ended the season on high note finishing first and second respectfully at the E-Z-GO/Bushnell Golf Pro-Am at Oak Hills C.C. Vermeer posted a two-under-par 69 and did so in style by finishing with birdies on #16 and #17 and a par on #18 to close with a three-under-par 32. Vermeer’s solid play all season helped him in capturing the 2015 Apprentice OMEGA Nebraska Section Player of the Year Award. Zyweic continued his solid play by posting at one-under-par 70. Zywiec also birdied the par 5 #8 hole which also secured the season long OMEGA “Holes of the Week” challenge. Zywiec also wrapped up the inaugural Professional OMEGA Nebraska Section Player of the Year Award. This is Zywiec’s third consecutive Player of the Year Award.View More
Golf Professional of the Year - The highest award our Section presents. This award is based on overall performance as a PGA golf professional, including leadership, service and promotion of the game. Nominees: Joe Finnegan, PGA; Sonya Freese, PGA; David Honnens, PGA; Tony Pesavento, PGA; James Rolls, PGA.
Teacher of the Year - Awarded for excellence in golf instruction along with overall performance as a golf professional. Nominees: Mike Cornell, PGA; Cory Fletcher, PGA; Greg Johannesen, PGA; James Kinney, PGA; Jonathan Mielke, PGA; Bobby O'Keefe, PGA; Jon Petersen, PGA; James Sieckmann, PGA; Chris Thomson, PGA; Chris Wiemers, PGA.
Horton Smith Award - Bestows special recognition for outstanding service and contributions to developing and improving educational opportunities for the PGA golf professional. Nominees: Nathan Kalin, PGA
Bill Strausbaugh Award - Awarded to an individual who by their day-to-day efforts have distinguished themselves in the areas that truly reflect the characteristics and qualities that Bill Strausbaugh possessed during his lifetime – service to his Association, service to his fellow PGA professionals in helping them improve their employment situations and service to the community. Nominees: Greg Neujahr, PGA; Matt Shaner, PGA.
Youth Player Development - Awarded to the PGA golf professional who is a leader in junior golf, reflects the image and qualities that juniors can emulate, and provides opportunities for juniors to learn and play golf. Nominees: Bob Baber, PGA; Tim Fox, PGA; Kyle Huse, PGA; Hank McFarland, PGA; Ryan Norman, PGA; Mike Schuchart, PGA; Chris Thomson, PGA; Karrie Van Ravensway, PGA; Chris Wiemers, PGA.
Merchandiser of the Year/Private Facility - Recognizes the PGA golf professional that has demonstrated superior skills as a merchandiser in the promotion of golf. Nominees: Don Germer, PGA; Nathan Kalin, PGA; Mitch Merrill, PGA; Nick Muller, PGA.
Merchandiser of the Year/Public Facility - Recognizes the PGA golf professional that has demonstrated superior skills as a merchandiser in the promotion of golf. Nominees: Scott Harmelink, PGA; Joe Sutter, PGA.
Facility of the Year - Recognizes the golf facility that has played an important role in Section activities, as well as promotion of the game of the golf for men, ladies and juniors. Nominees: Kearney CC, Kearney, NE; Players Club at Deer Creek, Omaha, NE; Riverside GC, Grand Island, NE; Scottsbluff CC, Scottsbluff, NE; Shadow Ridge CC, Omaha, NE.
Sales Representative of the Year- Based on overall performance as a sales representative including product knowledge, service, professionalism, and involvement in Section activities. Nominees: Mark Crowther, Titlelist; Thad Franklin, Nike; Charley Kiel, Sun Mountain; Stan Sheffield, FootJoy; Brad Wuhs, PGA, Ouray/Bettinardi/Fennec/Martin/Sport Haley/PRG.
Assistant Professional of the Year - This award is based on overall performance as an assistant professional, including leadership, service and promotion of the game. Nominees: Anthony Baranowski, PGA; Kyle Huse, PGA; Alex Janssen, PGA; Tom Johnson, PGA; Dominick Mitchum, PGA; Jacob Pribnow, PGA.
Player Development – Based on the PGA golf professional’s growth of the game leadership commitment at the Section and National levels and the impact made at the facility. Nominees: Bob Baber, PGA; Joe Canny, PGA; Wade Foreman, PGA; Chris Thomson, PGA.
Patriot Award - Recognizes the PGA Professional who personifies patriotism through the game of golf and demonstrates unwavering commitment and dedication to the men and women who have valiantly served and protected the United States of America. Nominees: Jim White, PGA, MP.