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Pro golfers converge in Columbus in support of education

September 10, 2018

Columbus, Neb. - Professional golfers will be shooting for low scores while helping to improve the quality of life for college students around the state. The 27th Annual Nebraska Open will tee off Sept. 13-16 at Elks Country Club in Columbus, as a part of a fundraising effort to put Nebraska students through college.

The tournament has raised more than $1.5 million in scholarship money, since 1991, and is expected to give $80,000 in scholarships funds for students in 2018. The scholarship funds will be distributed to the five community college systems within NPPD’s service territory beginning in October. 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.

“Support from sponsors, across the United States, has continued to grow in the 27th year of the tournament. 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 tournament is endorsed and administered by the Nebraska Section of the PGA as well as the Nebraska Golf Association, and has been held at Elks Country Club all 27 years. The Nebraska Open will kick-off with a Pro-Am event on Thursday, where members of over 50 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 15th 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.