Seven years after he shot a 59 in the second round and went on to win the 2005 Cox Classic, Jason Gore still has good feelings about Omaha, Champions Run and the Web.com Tour tournament.
“It's why I'm here instead of Reno,” Gore said.
Gore was eligible to play the Reno-Tahoe Open on the PGA Tour this week after being the fifth alternate last Friday, but he's kept his commitment to Omaha.
Gore, whose only PGA Tour win was the 84 Lumber Classic later in 2005, missed the cut in his first seven starts this year on the regular tour. He broke that skid with a tie for 21st at the True South Classic held opposite the British Open, but shot 76 on Sunday after being in fourth place after three rounds.
On the Web.com Tour, he's enjoyed more success. Four top-25 finishes in 10 events have him 63rd on the money list with $52,534.
Gutschewskis move back to Omaha
Scott Gutschewski is an ex-Omahan no more. The tour pro, who sits 21st on the Web.com Tour money list, and his family are back in the city after several years in Prosper, Texas.
His wife, Amy, said they want their three children to be closer to family, including their grandparents. The Gutschewski kids are enrolled at St. Patrick's Catholic School in Elkhorn. The family also is house-hunting.
“Gooch” traveled the long way to Omaha from last week's tour stop in Columbus, Ohio. He flew to Pinehurst, N.C., to play on Monday with oldest son Luke in a father-son event in conjunction with this week's U.S. Kids Golf Championships. Scott's dad, Bernie Gutschewski, is with his grandson the rest of the tournament.
Youth clinic more hands-on
The turnout for Tuesday's Subway Youth Clinic drew more than 100 children, some as young as 3. The turnout was smaller than usual, but that meant the kids could spend more time on the practice range and the putting green. There were more pros than ever assisting, both from the Web.com Tour and the Nebraska PGA section.
The new Legends tent behind the first tee then was a cool place for the kids to get autographs.
Heineman, Suttle absent for pro-am
Gov. Dave Heineman is in China with a trade delegation and Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle is with the Omaha Sister City Association trip to Europe. So neither was able to return to the First National Bank of Omaha Pro-Am, which has a full field of 52 teams Wednesday.
Among the elected officials, community leaders and sports figures playing are Nebraska Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy and Attorney General Jon Bruning, Council Bluffs Mayor Tom Hanafan, Omaha City Councilman Chris Jerram, State Sen. Heath Mello of Omaha, Champions Run managing partner Bob Horgan and Creighton men's basketball coach Greg McDermott and oldest son Nick.
Spectators are admitted free for the pro-am. A concession area is available on the north side of the clubhouse near the practice range.
No. 1 Tee
(pros listed first)
7 a.m.: Richard Terga, Jim Rose, Tom Hanafan, Rob Logsdon, Jeff Peffer
7:10: Camilo Benedetti, Tim Kryszak, Robert Slovek, JB Corder, Tim McKinley
7:20: Nick Flanagan, Philip Higgins, Wayne Wilson, Troy Post, Tom O'Gorman
7:30: Ryan Armour, Mark Jewett, Doug Oldaker, Mike Murphy, John Allbery
7:40: Joseph Bramlett, Andy Gassman, Don Kohler, Thomas Johnson, Dan Kinney
7:50: Jim Herman, Doug Fargo, Brad Brummond, Shawn Wederquist, Mike Hupp
8 a.m.: Paul Claxton, Allen Hansen, Randy Mueller, Bill Peel, Doug Sutko
8:10: Brian Stuard, Steven Knapp, Fred Witecy, Doug McGregor, Steve Kenney
8:20: Justin Hicks, Mike Dahir, Charlie Boone, Dave Jandric, Mark Hiatt
8:30: Jason Gore, Bob Horgan, Chase Meyer, Julie Horgan, Clark Horgan
8:40: James Hahn, Tom Ballard, Dave Griebler, Bill Thompson, Hugh Dyer
8:50: Luke List, Brian Young, Chris Murphy, Steve Dee, Derrick Hill
9 a.m.: Paul Haley, Jay Allbaugh, Rick Sheehy, Larry Dexter, Gary Sadlemyer
12:30 p.m.: Alex Aragon, Nate Brancato Jr., Steve Brancato, Len Dawson Jr., Andrew Brancato
12:40: Robert Streb, Rick Duree, Tim Ziola, Mark Kroeger, Mitch Waite
12:50: Richard Scott, Jeff Locke, John Bozarth, Kurt Everett, Todd Triplett
1 p.m.: Rob Oppenheim, Kevin Garvin, Don Darst, John Halgren, David Poage
1:10: Glen Day, Peter McCann, Colin Bishop, Chris Mangan, Roger Dixon
1:20: Nicholas Thompson, David Ping, Gary King, Alex Roskelley, John Larkin
1:30: Roger Tambellini, Milt Kleinberg, Howard Gnatowsky, Gregg Katz, Randy Mousel
1:40: Jim Renner, Pat Hensley, Jeff Ehresman, Chris Higginbotham, Frank Woodward
1:50: Phillip Pettit Jr., Randy Wright, Michael Ahrens, Tony Daniel, Tom Zaccone
2 p.m.: Jason Schultz, Marc Wisdom, Wade Mayfield, Mike Brodie, Josh Borer
2:10: Bio Kim, Jeff Greenwald, Dan Burke, Mark Stokes, Mark Scheve
2:20: Tim Wilkinson, Steve Huber, Scott Nelson, Kurt Rateloff, Jeff Jones
2:30: Nate Lashley, Michael Labroad, William Reed, Angie Good, Patrick Gottsch
No. 10 Tee
7 a.m.: Tyrone Van Aswegen, Robert Peters, Craig Phillips, Rick Robinson, Bob Nonemaker
7:10: Scott Gardiner, Levi Scheppers, Susan Courtney, Stephen Held, Ken Kraft
7:20: Scott Parel, Jeff Redden, Tony Caputo, Randy Schmailzl, Jim Grotrian
7:30: Aron Price, David Nikunen, Mike Homa, Craig Nelson, Mike Fischer
7:40: Darron Stiles, Brandon Eaves, Jon Fisher, Jeremy Carson, Travis Kreikemeier
7:50: Skip Kendall, David Cota, Tim Kudron, Brad Strittmatter, Carl Sjulin
8 a.m.: Doug LaBelle II, Mel Flores, Todd Plagge, Cody Lofgren, Jamie Alt
8:10: Hudson Swafford, Craig Sall, Rob Likes, Tom Knight, Mike Thesing
8:20: Cameron Percy, Jess Hull, Sammy Reagan, John Knicely, Ed Delashmutt
8:30: Lee Williams, Nick Wurth, Mike Mackintosh, Greg McDermott, Nick McDermott
8:40: Andrew Svoboda, Kevin Finn, Bill Yates, Mike Truscott, Jon Peterson
8:50: Andres Gonzales, George Morrissey, Brett Lundin, Chris Kennedy, Jeffrey Barnes
9 a.m.: Casey Wittenberg, John Barrett, Chris Jerram, Jon Bruning, Heath Mello
12:30 p.m.: Ben Kohles, Phillip Webb, David Bash, Ronald Smeltzer, Jeff Bremer
12:40: David Lingmerth, Rob Helling, Jason Herbolsheimer, Jeff Huber, Tom Pedersen
12:50: Scott Gutschewski, Glenn Fosdick, Harris Frankel, Tim Kingston, Michael Moulton
1 p.m.: Alistair Presnell, Scott Shurmur, Tom Hejkal, Russell Smith, John Bertoni
1:10: Sam Saunders, Steve Goeser, Brett Jepson, George Dittrick, William Shiffermiller
1:20: Fabian Gomez, Jim Nelson, Joe Spadea, Willie Garrett, Jeffrey Degan
1:30: Nate Smith, Scott Ault, Leonel Benoist, Ryan Walton, Grant Matthies
1:40: Matt Harman, Bryan Brabec, Brough Pickrell, Jeff Forrester, Jim Corcoran
1:50: Brad Fritsch, Terry Hanna, Lynden Tennison, Chris Kircher, John Hanson
2 p.m.: Aaron Goldberg, Danny Rodgers, Scott Levy, Jeff Kavich, Jay Encell
2:10: Aaron Watkins, Lonnie Eggers, Dennis Meisenbach, David E. Brown, Randy Neumann
2:20: BJ Staten, Mark Forkner, Peter Evans, Robert L. Heston Jr., Kevin Leys
2:30: Derek Fathauer, Blane Hunter, Todd Struble, Craig Callahan, Chip Duden
— Stu Pospisil