Schaake joins Nebraska golf lore with third state am title
Alex Schaake (NGA photo)
Alex Schaake (NGA photo)

FREMONT, Neb. (July 29, 2018) – At various points in Nebraska Golf Association history, there has been a multi-year reign at the top of the state amateur. Alex Schaake is the latest golfer to do it.

Schaake, a junior at the University of Iowa, made history Sunday when he won his third consecutive Nebraska Amateur title. While there have been eight repeat winners in the history of the event, only Johnny Goodman (1929-31) and Bob Astleford (1962-67) have succeeded in winning the event in three or more consecutive years. Schaake did it with certainty, firing an opening 67 at Fremont Golf Club to take the first-round lead and never looking back.

Schaake, of Omaha, failed to break par for the first time on Sunday. He had a nine-shot lead entering the final round and had two bogeys and to birdies on his way to even-par 71. At the end of the day, he still had a nine-shot cushion.

For the week, Schaake was 13 under after rounds of 67-67-66-71. Jace Guthmiller of Lincoln was runner-up with a 4-under 280 while Ryan Nietfeldt of Elkhorn was third with 3-under 281. Aurora’s Caleb Badura finished fourth at 1 under. He was the low junior at the event.

Next up for Schaake is the Western Amateur. He tees off for the first round at Sunset Ridge Country Club in Northfield, Ill., on Tuesday morning.

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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