Columbus, Neb. – The 28th Annual Wells Fargo Nebraska Open will be teeing off in Columbus Sept. 12-15, to help improve the quality of life for college students around the state. The tournament, coordinated by Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD), is held at Elks Country Club as a part of a fundraising effort to put students through college.
Over the previous 27 years, more than $1.5 million dollars in scholarship money was raised as a result of the Nebraska Open and its Pro-Am event. In the 28th year alone, a record total of $185,000 has been raised through tournament sponsorships.
The scholarship funds will be distributed to the five community college systems within NPPD’s service territory. Those campuses include Central Community College in Columbus, Grand Island and Hastings, Mid-Plains Community College in North Platte and McCook, Southeast Community College in Lincoln, Beatrice and Milford, Northeast Community College in Norfolk, and Western Community College in Scottsbluff and Sidney.
“In the 28th year of the tournament, support has continued to grow from sponsors across the United States. The scholarship funds raised will help community college students get started on their path towards earning a degree or will help already enrolled students get closer to completing their education,” said NPPD President and Chief Executive Officer Pat Pope. “The Nebraska Open is one of the state’s largest golfing events and has provided NPPD a great opportunity to work with the Nebraska Section of the PGA, the Nebraska Golf Association, and the Central Community College Foundation, towards a great cause.”
The Nebraska Section of the PGA and Nebraska Golf Association endorse and sponsor the tournament that has been in Columbus since its creation in 1991. The Nebraska Open will kick-off with a Pro-Am event on Thursday, where members of over 52 sponsoring businesses, will compete alongside a tournament professional in an 18-hole scramble. Friday will mark the start of the 54-hole Nebraska Open, concluding with an award ceremony Sunday afternoon. The public is invited to come watch the professionals during the final round of play on Sunday.
Wells Fargo remains the title sponsor of the tournament for the 16th straight year. Columbus area sponsors for the tournament include Behlen Mfg. Co., Eakes Office Solutions, Mike’s Auto Sales, Nebraska Energy Federal Credit Union, U.S. Bank, Kelly Supply Co. and Hughes Brothers from Seward.