Columbus, Neb. – Scholarships will be the focus once again for students at Nebraska’s community colleges when the Wells Fargo Nebraska Open kicks off Thursday, Sept. 12, at the Elks Country Club in Columbus, beginning at noon.
During the previous 21 years, $1.1 million in scholarship money has been raised as a result of the Nebraska Open and its Pro-Am event through the generosity of tournament sponsors and golf professionals. Funds raised from the event go towards scholarships for students attending one of Nebraska’s community colleges in the Nebraska Public Power District service territory. It is anticipated that this year’s event will raise more than $75,000 in scholarship money that will be presented to the Central Community College Foundation.
Scholarships are distributed to 11 community campuses in the Central, Mid-Plains, Southeast, Northeast, and Western Community College Systems. Each year, sponsorship money and entry fees from golfers are divided between the tournament purse and the Community College Foundation.
“NPPD is proud to support an event that improves the quality of life for so many individuals in communities within our service territory,” said NPPD President and Chief Executive Officer Pat Pope. “The Wells Fargo Nebraska Open continues to provide opportunities for community college students to complete their degrees, continue their studies, or simply get a start on their college education,”
Endorsed and administered by the Nebraska Section of the PGA and the Nebraska Golf Association, the tournament is coordinated by the Nebraska Public Power District, and has been held at the Elk’s Country Club since 1992. More than 50 businesses are sponsoring this year’s event, with many participating in Thursday’s 18-hole scramble with professional golfers.
Wells Fargo returns for the tenth year as the title sponsor, along with national, regional, and Columbus-based companies such as Behlen Mfg. Co., Columbus Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, Curry Relocation Co., Eakes Office Plus, Kelly Supply Co., Lindsay Corporation, Nebraska Energy Federal Credit Union, and U.S. Bank. New sponsors this year include Geronimo Energy, Lindsay Corporation, Cline Williams, NextEra Energy, Omaha Steaks, and Verdigre Land and Wind Partners.
The three-day professional-amateur 54-hole tournament begins on Friday, Sept. 13 and concludes Sunday. Play begins at 8 a.m. Friday and Saturday and at 9 a.m. Sunday. Will Collins of Albuquerque, N.M., won last year’s crown, besting Zenon Brown of Arvada, Col., in a five-hole playoff, after the two finished in a tie after 54-holes at 11 under par.