Columbus, Neb. – The Wells Fargo Nebraska Open will continue what it has been doing for students at Nebraska’s community colleges, when the 21st annual 54-hole event kicks off with a Pro-Am competition this Thursday at the Elks Country Club in Columbus.
More than $1.1 million in scholarship money will have been raised during the Nebraska Open’s run at the completion of this year’s event through the generosity of tournament sponsors and golf professionals. Funds raised from the event go towards scholarships for students at five of Nebraska’s community colleges. 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.
During the previous 20 years, the Open has raised $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.
“The Wells Fargo Nebraska Open has a reputation of providing literally hundreds of opportunities for community college students to complete their degrees, continue their studies, or simply get a solid foot into their college education,” said NPPD President and CEO Pat Pope. “NPPD is proud to support an event that improves the quality of life for so many individuals in communities within our service territory.”
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 in since 1992. More than 50 businesses are sponsoring this year’s event, with many participating in Thursday’s 18-hole scramble with professional golfers in town for the tournament.
Wells Fargo returns as this year’s title sponsor, along with national, regional, and Columbus-based companies such as Behlen Mfg. Co., Curry Relocation Co., Eakes Office Plus, Gene Steffy Ford, Kelly Supply Co., Midwest Medical Transport, Nebraska Energy Federal Credit Union, and U.S. Bank.
The three-day professional-amateur tournament begins on Friday, Sept. 14 and concludes Sunday, with final day tee times beginning at 10:20 a.m.
For more information, view the Nebraska Open website.