Columbus, Neb. – The Wells Fargo Nebraska Open is known to be a fun day for golf. Perhaps more importantly, however, is that the event is expected to bring in $78,000 for scholarships to be given to students attending Nebraska’s community colleges. The event kicks off at noon Thursday, Sept. 10, at the Elks Country Club in Columbus.
Coordinated by Nebraska Public Power District, the event has raised more than $1.2 million in scholarship money over the last 23 years. These scholarships are given to the Central Community College Foundation and distributed to students attending one of Nebraska’s community colleges in NPPD’s service territory.
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 coordinate the Nebraska Open for the last 24 years. It is an event that improves the quality of life of students across the state, and helps them continue their education,” said NPPD President and Chief Executive Officer Pat Pope. “The 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 NPPD and has been held at the Elks 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 as the title sponsor, along with national, regional and Columbus-based companies such as Behlen Mfg. Co., Ernst Auto Center & Ernst Toyota, Curry Relocation Co., Eakes Office Solutions, Nebraska Energy Federal Credit Union, and U.S. Bank.
The three-day, professional-amateur, 54-hole tournament begins Friday, Sept. 11 and concludes Sunday. Play begins at 8 a.m. Friday and Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday.