Alex Schaake makes history with Nebraska Amateur Victory
Alex Schaake <br>(Nebraska Golf Association Photo)</br>
Alex Schaake
(Nebraska Golf Association Photo)

OMAHA, NE (July 15, 2016) -- It was a historic day at Omaha Country Club as Alex Schaake became the first junior to win the Nebraska Amateur since 1996 when Ryan Vermeer won the title. Schaake finished even-par to win by two-strokes over defending champion Rylee Reinertson.

Schaake, a Iowa commit, combined rounds of 69-67-71-73 throughout the week.

It might have been the pressure of the situation but it was a slow start to the day for Schaake who began the day 3-under. Schaake bogeyed three holes on the front nine and two more early on the homeward nine and as a result he was 5-over for the day and 2-over for the week with just three holes to play.

However, Schaake responded like a grizzled veteran with a birdie on No. 16, his first of the day, and then rolled in another birdie on the closing hole to return himself to even-par for the week.

The struggles by Schaake let the likes of Ryan Reinertson back into the mix. After beginning the day 3-over, Reinertson got as low as 1-over thanks to an eagle on 16 and a birdie on the 17 but with a chance to tie the defending champion bogeyed the final hole.

Matthew Unruh and Ryan Nietfeldt shared third at 5-over while Greg Stanek was 6-over and fifth.

ABOUT THE Nebraska Amateur

Must be a resident of the state of Nebraska or a non- resident student that attends college in Nebraska. Open to NGA members only. Format is 72-holes of stroke play with the low 60 players and ties playing the final 36-holes.

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