20-year Nebraska Open meets one million dollar goal

September 15, 2011

NPPD representatives stand with 2011 Nebraska Open winner, Peter Malnati of Dandridge, TN, Nebraska PGA Executive Director David Honnens, and Amateur winner Brett Nymeyer of Strafford Ontario

Columbus, Neb. – More than $77,000 in scholarships will be awarded to students attending one of five Nebraska community college systems throughout the state. The scholarships are funded by the generosity of sponsors and golf professionals participating in the 20th anniversary of the state’s second largest golf event, the 2011 Wells Fargo Nebraska Open.

Over the past 20 years, the Open has raised approximately $1,025,000 for student scholarships via business sponsorships and golfer entry fees which are divided between the tournament purse and the Community College Foundation. The scholarships are distributed to 11 community campuses in the Central, Mid-Plains, Southeast, Northeast, and Western Community College Systems.

“That’s tremendously important when you think about providing opportunities for students to get an education in Nebraska and potentially stay in the state to join the public power workforce,” said NPPD President and CEO Pat Pope.

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. It has been held at the Elk’s Country Club in Columbus, Neb. since 1992. More than 50 businesses sponsored this year’s event, many of which participated in a Sept. 8, 18-hole scramble with professional golfers from across the United States.

Wells Fargo returned as this year’s title sponsor, along with national, regional, and Columbus-based companies such as Nebraska Energy Federal Credit Union, U.S. Bank, Midwest Wind Energy, Behlen Mfg. Co., Curry Relocation Co., Eakes Office Plus/Sharp Electronics, Mike’s Auto Sales & Towing, Entergy Nuclear, Bartlett Nuclear, Third Planet Wind Power, AREVA, Bluestem, Chapman and Cutter, DZ Atlantic, Holtec International, Blue Cross / Blue Shield of Nebraska, Smith Hayes Financial Services, Hughes Brothers, Inc, Invenergy, HDR, Tenaska Marketing Ventures, and Cash-Wa Distributing Co.

The three-day professional-amateur tournament concluded Sunday afternoon with Peter Malnati of Dandridge, Tenn., taking home the title for the second year in a row, along with a check for $12,000. Malnati shot an 14-under-par for the 54-hole tournament. For other golfer results, visit www.nebraskapga.com.

Always there when you need us, NPPD’s mission is to safely generate and deliver reliable, low-cost, sustainable energy and provide outstanding customer service. Working in partnership with the state’s rural public power districts, cooperatives and municipalities, NPPD helps serve an estimated 800,000 Nebraskans with retail or wholesale electric power and energy-related products and services. For more information about NPPD visit www.nppd.com.

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