The East Team leads the West Team 30-29! Very close match after Day One. Day Two is individual match play with handicap. Get ready for a battle!
Fellow LMGA Members,
Spring is just around the corner and the LMGA board is excited to begin the new year!! A few notes and information as we gladly near the warmer weather and tournaments....
Bill Rainey has been elected as the new President and Pete Rodriguez became the new Vice President. Mike Halverson's term had expired and Bill was ready to take on the open position. Most other positions/job duties remained the same but two new board members were added for 2018: Rick Owens and Al Hulbert. We are very happy to have their help. The LMGA would like to thank Mr. Halverson and Dick Little for their past and still current dedication to the LMGA. We would also like to recognize Al Taft for his 63rd year as Treasurer for this association! Now...will you see him at the golf course????
The online printable membership form has been updated as promised. Please print it off and mail it or or simply renew via this site.
A few changes to the 2018 LMGA schedule have occurred. The Kickoff Scramble has returned to a 2-Man event. We certainly hear both sides of the opinions on 2-Man vs 4-Man teams. Many like the comfort of playing with four players when the year is young and the game may be rusty. Others like the ease of finding one partner vs a team of four. The last two years the Kickoff has been postponed due to poor weather conditions. We actually had more participants in 2016 as a 2-Man event. One thing to note here.....if you have a foursome you enjoy playing with, that can still happen in the kickoff or any of the two man events (Stableford or Shamble). At the bottom of the online registration there's a field to add "Grouping Request Names". If you mail it in, simply write your requests on the form somewhere. The board will do their best to honor these.
The Stableford (and that wonderful catered BBQ meal) has traded dates with the Ryder Cup. Fitting a 2 day event in mid-June may be more weather friendly than late May but obviously it's all a gamble. We are also planning to pre-flight many of the events this year to reward play vs more equal handicapped players. The Kickoff, Stableford, 2-Man Shamble and Orange Ball will all be affected by this. Stay tuned!
New this year to the Ryder Cup will be a player prize pool as opposed to the free shirt. Many players have a vast array of shirts from all sorts of events, so we would like to use this to all of our advantage. Team Captains can meet and then request players wear certain colors on each day. Maybe on day one East is red and West is blue. Then simply switch day 2. The prize pool will be to help reward potential good individual play on winning OR losing teams. We are still determining the points needed in 2 days to qualify you for the pot. This should be a great way to give back some funds to many of the guys!
The rest of the schedule remains relatively the same. Remember that participating in several of the events may qualify you for the Rewards Tournament on Ocotber 21st. LMGA generally covers most of the cost of this fun tournament and a gift is given out. Shirts will be handed out to the 2017 qualifiers at the 2018 Kickoff Scramble. So go ahead and get your team signed up today!
Hopefully plenty of warmth and sunshine to start the year. Looking forward to another great year with you all!
"The reason a pro tells you to keep your head down is so you can't see him laughing."
61 players endured the heat and humidity for the 2 day LMGA Stroke Play Championship at Mahoney and Highlands on July 15th and 16th. The course conditions were excellent and great scores were recorded in all flights.
Alex Svehla won the championship flight with a two day score of -5. Ben Svehla took 2nd with a score of -1 after recording a sizzling low score of the tournament with a 67 on day 2. The rest of the results as follows:
1st--Alex Svehla 137
2nd--Ben Svehla 141
3rd--Zach Tuttle 145
4th--Mark Haas 145
5th--Ray Kluck 147
1st Flight (net scoring)
1st--Mark Miller 137
2nd--Kent Evans 139
3rd--Dillon Ehman 139
4th--Spencer Duncan 143
5th--Larry Moore 144
2nd Flight (net scoring)
1st--Dennis Schmitz 136
2nd--John Varrati 137
3rd--Michael Dixon 138
4th--Dave Shamblin 138
5th--Jack Crandall 139
3rd Flight (net scoring)
1st--Bill Rainey 141
2nd--Jerry Petersen 143
4th--Mike Smith 144
5th--Jeff Bell 145
30 teams competed in a 2 person team Stableford event at Pioneers Golf Course on June 18th (Father's Day). Teams were open to members and their guests of all ages and sexes. The goal was to accumulate the most points in this format. Points were awarded based on the net best score of the team. Double Eagles were worth 8pts, Eagles were 5, birdies were 3, pars were 1, bogies were 0, double bogies (or worse) were -1.
The weather was perfect and the scores showed it:
1st- Russ Gausman, Travis Koenig 40
2nd- John Anderson, Greg Mills 37
3rd- Gene Hiatt, Jacob Hiatt 37
4th- Mark Haas, Dillon Ehman 35
1st- Robert and Mike Kluczynski 29
2nd- Fred and Jack Best 25
3rd- Dave Dunigan and Mike Smith 29
4th- Mike Calvert and Larry Lococo 29
1st- Dan Blythe and Tim Stewart 26
2nd- Jack Crandall and Vance Coatman 25
3rd- Dick Little and Tom Nesbitt 25
4th- Jerry Edwards and M Smith 25
Gene Hiatt scored the only double eagle.
After the tournament, teams raved about the meal of ribs, brisket and pulled pork from Hickory Road BBQ.
The next tournament is the LMGA Individual Stroke Play on July 15th and 16th. This is a members only event that will be held at Mahoney and Highlands. A great time to prep for Men's City being held two weeks later! Entry forms available at all four city courses or sign up online at lmgagolf.org.
Heavy rains once again caused another LMGA event to be altered. Saturday team matchups were postponed from Pioneers to Mahoney on May 21st making this year's Ryder Cup a one day event.
3 points per match were available to win on Sunday in a 6-6-6 format. A close, back and forth battle was shaping up early. As the scorecards continued to be turned in, the East Team (Mahoney and Holmes) pulled away and prevailed easily over the West Team with a 36.5-25.5 victory.
This was Mahoney's 3rd straight year of winning this event.
After a dreary weekend and ensuing postponement from April 29th, 17 teams kicked off the 2017 season on a beautiful Sunday morning at Highlands golf course on May 7th, 2017. There was good play all around with not one team shooting higher than a score of 67. Placing teams were as follows:
54---Bill Adams, Fred Daugherty, Kent Kurtzer, Pete Rodriguez
57---Kent Evans, Dave Larson, Larry Moore
60---Mike Miller, Dennis Schmitz, Bruce Sweney, Rick Waldrop
61 (scorecard playoff)---Derek Jensen, Mark Kluczynski, Mike Kluczynski, Robert Kluczynski
63---Marty Carper, Derrik Cornell, Don Turek, Randy Ware
64 (scorecard playoff)---Dan Blythe, John Clyne, William Overton, Tim Stewart
64 (scorecard playoff)---Verlyn Eden, William Foster, Dave Haumont, Bruce Melichar
64---Vance Coatman, Jack Crandall, Russ Gausman, Tom Tiedgen
- A double eagle on Hole #1 by the Little, Haas, Hill and Ehmen team. Mark Haas made the holed swing from 185 yards.
- The 2nd place team shooting 57 without a 4th player and not using an extra swing.
- The 1st place team needing their anchor putter to attempt to putt only 3 times (all missed).
The LMGA Board would like to welcome you to the 2017 season and another fun year of LMGA events! We officially start the season next weekend with the 4 Man Kickoff Scramble on April 29th, 2017 with a meeting to follow right thereafter. Please get signed up ASAP as the registration closes soon! If you do not have a team and still wish to participate individually, please email the board (even if it is after the deadline) at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will look to see if you can be placed on a team. It is not necessary to play this event to attend the meeting. So if you are unable to participate, please come to share any thoughts afterwards and gather information for the rest of the year! A few quick items to address:
The board would like to return to posting a few pictures here as we update the pages at the conclusion of these tournaments. If anyone takes pictures and would like to submit some of these to be added to our website, please feel free to email them. It is always nice to put familiar faces having a great time golfing (or goofing) with friends on the site! Help us out!
It has been brought to our attention that the LMGA renewal/new member pamphlet is the 2016 version. Unfortunately this was overlooked by the dummy managing this site (yours truly). Please just print off and mail the old version as the GHIN information is suitable for our needs. Many of you already have and we appreciate all of you returning or becoming new members! We will have a revised sign up form ready to go for the 2018 season. Apologies for any previous confusion.
Following the Kickoff Scramble is a great event in the 2017 Ryder Cup! A few changes have occurred in the teams and format. This season will be an East versus West (Mahoney and Holmes vs Highlands and Pioneers) with the goal of getting 50 golfers per team! Players will be involved with either individual match play or 2 person team match play with a 6-6-6 format. 6 holes scramble, 6 holes alternate shot and 6 holes best ball. The captains will work with entrants to try and allow them to participate in their desired style of play. Hurry up and get signed up for this awesome 2 day event! Meals both days, drink tickets, range balls and a team shirt are all included with your entry. Stay tuned for potential team meet and greet dates, times and locale. Mahoney has won this event the last two years and now gets to let Holmes in on the fun. Unless the West has something to say about it.....
Thanks for being a part of the LMGA! Get ready for another great season of golfing on the beautiful public courses of Lincoln, NE.
"You’ve just got one problem. You stand too close to the ball after you’ve hit it."
– Sam Snead
The LMGA Board would like to take a moment to welcome you to our website. Take some time to navigate through the different pages for any of your needs. As you can see, the dates for most of our 2017 events are set. Registration will open for all of the tournaments sometime in early to mid-March. Feel free to register for any or all at that time.
The "News And Comments" area here is a place we would like to use for you to catch up on anything new, find results of tournaments, give feedback or maybe even talk smack to your buddies! Below each topic there is a "comments" section that will be available to you to use as a voice of communication or conversation. Feel free to put this option to good use as it will be checked fairly regularly.
We are looking forward to another great year for the LMGA in 2017! Spread the word to your friends to become members and participate in events with a great group of guys who are competitive yet always have a good time!
"My handicap? Woods and irons." ---Chris Codiroli
The annual LMGA Orange Ball Tournament teed off at the Highlands Golf Course on September 27th on another beautiful day for golf. A field of 19 4-man teams participated in the event which was divided into 2 flights of 10 and 9 teams. The Orange Ball is a best ball tournament where the “orange ball” rotates among the players on each hole and counts toward the score. The best net score of the other 3 players is then added to that for the total team score. The placings in the respective flights are as follows:
1st Flight: 1st Place: Jerry Petersen, Buck Hofstedt, Jeff Bell and Mike Arter with a score of 128; 2nd Place: Tom Tiedgen, Vance Coatman, Russ Gausmann and Jack Crandall with a 128; 3rd Place: Mark Haas, Jacob Linch, Ron Jurgens, and Dillon Ehman, with a 130; and 4th Place: Sam Sharpe, Tom Martin, Larry Lococo, and Mike Calvert who shot 131. Ties needed to be broken between 1st and 2nd placings and also for 4th place. They were determined by a card playoff using the best net score of the orange ball.
2nd Flight: A score card playoff was needed to determine the 1st and 2nd place winners who both shot 134. The results are; 1st Place; Ryan Conrad, Dave Shamblin, Dean Sydow and Terry Bock; 2nd Place: Philip Maiyo, Ricky Greene, James Jackson and Ray Baumbach; 3rd Place went to Nick Nesbitt, Tom Nesbitt, Dick Little and Rich Little with a 135; and Mark Miller, Mick Hadley, Rob Weatherly and Allan Albers shot a 136 to finish in 4th place.
The annual Fall Meeting which included the election of the Board and a great meal followed the tournament. Gift certificates were also given away as door prizes. The LMGA Board would like to thank Denis Vontz and his staff at the Highlands for their assistance in putting on the tournament and preparing the meal. We would also be remiss in not acknowledging the grounds crew for the excellent playing conditions of the course. The Board would also like to thank all the members and guests who participated in the LMGA tournaments this year for making this a successful year on the links.