Nebraska Qualifier Information

Nebraska Qualifier Information Packet

The Road to the 2018 Pinnacle Bank Championship


CONTACTS: Jessica Brabec, Pinnacle Bank Championship, 402-991-2525 ext. 102
David Honnens, Nebraska Section PGA, 402-489-7760

Pinnacle Bank Championship Qualifier Returns to ArborLinks This June
Nebraskans invited to compete for spot in Korn Ferry Tour Stop

Omaha, Neb. – Golfers with Nebraska ties will have the opportunity to earn a spot in the 2018 Korn Ferry Tour Pinnacle Bank Championship and compete for a share of the $600,000 purse.

The 36-hole qualifier returns to ArborLinks in Nebraska City on Tuesday, June 12. Professional and amateur golfers with Nebraska ties can vie for an exemption into Nebraska’s Korn Ferry Tour event, the 2018 Pinnacle Bank Championship, presented by Heartland Chevy Dealers and hosted at The Club at Indian Creek.

“Over one day, the 36-hole qualifier, at ArborLinks will be a spectacular test of golf for some of the great golfers from our Nebraska communities,” said Marc Hock, Pinnacle Bank President. “We’re excited to provide this opportunity for more golfers with Nebraska ties to compete for the opportunity to tee it up with some of the best players on the Korn Ferry Tour.”

Any professional or amateur with a 4.0 handicap index or less with Nebraska ties will be eligible to compete. Current legal residents of Nebraska, Nebraska Section PGA Members and PGA Associates, students and graduates of Nebraska colleges or universities and individuals born in Nebraska and graduated from a Nebraska high school will be eligible.

“We’re excited to have the qualifier return to ArborLinks and provide Nebraska golfers with a chance to participate in our event on July 19 -22. We encourage everyone to come out and watch the local golfers who qualify,” said Jessica Brabec, Pinnacle Bank Championship Tournament Director.

The qualifier at ArborLinks is limited to the first 60 entrants who meet all eligibility and handicap requirements. Entry deadline is Friday, June 8th at 5:00 p.m. Complete details are available by visiting the tournament website at or

“In the inaugural Nebraska Qualifier last year, the level of play by the talented amateur and professional golfers was evident,” said David Honnens, PGA, Nebraska Section PGA CEO. “Rylee Reinertson was a tremendous ambassador last year and two professional golfers from the Nebraska Qualifier, Ryan Vermeer, PGA and John Hurley went on to qualify via the Monday Qualifier for the Pinnacle Bank Championship.”

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The Pinnacle Bank Championship, presented by Heartland Chevy Dealers, is a stop on the PGA’s Korn Ferry Tour and will be held July 16th – 22nd at The Club at Indian Creek. The event features a purse of $600,000 and was awarded the 2017 Korn Ferry Tournament Rookie of the Year Award in its inaugural year. Last year’s champion, Sam Ryder went on to compete in the PGA TOUR, following in the footsteps of previous winners of the Korn Ferry Tour’s Omaha event, including Bo Van Pelt, Johnson Wagner, Heath Slocum and Jason Gore. The tournament’s charity partner, TeamMates, receives proceeds from the event to help fund education and mentoring programs for Nebraska youth. In 2017, that donation totaled $25,000.

The Nebraska Section of the PGA is one of 41 Sections that together comprise the PGA of America.

The Nebraska Section PGA is a non-for-profit organization comprised of approximately 244 PGA Members and 25 Apprentices who strive to promote the enjoyment and growth of the game of golf. The Nebraska Section PGA encompasses the entire State of Nebraska, western fifth of Iowa and a small portion of South Dakota including Dakota Dunes and Yankton. The Section office is located in Lincoln, NE and acts as a resource for local and national golf information for the golf professional and amateur players alike. Our members are often referred to as “Club Professionals”, not to be mistaken as PGA Tour Professionals. Each Nebraska Section PGA Professional serves as an expert in the ever-changing business of golf. They are the leading expert players and teachers, skilled business managers, community leaders, and superior merchandisers who have dedicated their careers to the local delivery of these services.

The Nebraska Golf Association, founded in 1966, is comprised of all members of public and private clubs and/or municipal or regional golf associations which utilize an approved handicap service recognized by the USGA and provided by the NGA. The NGA’s mission is to uphold and promote the game of golf and its values to all golfers in Nebraska. Among the duties of the Association include governance of member clubs and service as their handicapping and course rating authority, conduct of state golf championships, local USGA qualifying & other notable competitions, promotion of junior golf, presentation of worthwhile educational programs and support of allied golf organizations in Nebraska.

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