Two tournaments remain on the 2012 Web.com Tour schedule, and Scott Gutschewski of Omaha needs a reversal of recent fortunes to return to the PGA Tour next year.
Since the Cox Classic, the ex-Husker has missed the cut in six of seven tournaments to fall from the season money list’s top 25, the cutoff for 2013 PGA Tour membership. Gutschewski is 43rd with $116,031 in 22 events entering this week’s stop at Jacksonville, Fla.
The top 60 money winners advance to next week’s $1 million Tour Championship at TPC Craig Ranch in suburban Dallas.
Former Lincoln resident Steve Friesen appears headed to the PGA Tour’s final qualifying tournament — next year the tour begins using the final four events on the Web.com Tour to determine the 50 pros who get playing rights on the following year’s PGA Tour. Friesen is 117th with $39,329.
Five locals in qualifier
John Hurley of O’Neill and Brandon Crick of McCook, who each got to the second stage last year, are among five Nebraska pros in PGA Tour first-stage qualifying tournaments this week.
Hurley and Crick join Michael Coatman of Lincoln and Mike Plate of Ogallala in the field at Palm Desert, Calif. Judd Cornell of Omaha is in the field at Dayton, Nev.
Plate, Coatman and Cornell made it through a 54-hole pre-qualifier at ArborLinks. Plate tied for third.
Seven aces at O’Neill
O’Neill Country Club has been an ace magnet, with seven holes-in-one so far this season.
A recent one was last month by O’Neill High senior Emily Elsbury in the fifth hole during the Eagles’ home invitational. Six days later at the Albion Country Club, freshman teammate Paige Gaughenbaugh carded an ace.
Members of the Nebraska Golf Association’s Junior All-Star Team, chosen on performance, integrity and conduct on and off the golf course, are Mitchell Klooz of Laurel, Carson Schaake and Zach Taylor of Omaha, Greg Stanek of Bellevue and boys captain Rylee Reinertson of Gibbon; Abbie Hunke of Snyder, Sarah Pravecek of Omaha, Haley and Hannah Thiele of Wahoo and girls captain Danielle Lemek of Doniphan.
In other honors:
>> The Nebraska Senior Golf Association chose Murray Krambeer as its player of the year, with David McEwen and Bert Newell the team of the year. Net division awards go to Bob Schultz of Lincoln and the team of Mike Beachler and Deryl Fox Jr. of Fairbury.
>> On the NGA’s inaugural Fall Junior Series all-star team were David Hansen and Ben Maschka of Omaha Creighton Prep, MVP Trey Petitt and Phillip Baumberger of Lincoln East and Matt Shukis of Omaha Gross. Hansen, Maschka and Baumberger were event winners.
>> The Nebraska Section PGA elected Gov. Dave Heineman, an avid golfer, as an honorary member. The honor was announced Monday at the association’s annual fall meeting at Champions Run.
Collins wins playoff
Wil Collins of Albuquerque, N.M., parred the fifth extra hole to defeat Zenon Brown of Arvada, Colo., at the Nebraska Open. Hurley took third at Elks Country Club in Columbus, with Lincoln’s Jayson Brueggemann as the low amateur.
In other events:
>> Brian Csipkes of Omaha (77-82) and Robert Tridle of Lincoln (85-83) missed the cut for match play at the U.S. Mid-Amateur at Conway Farms in Lake Forest, Ill. Michael Hoefs of Lincoln (79-84) missed the cut at the U.S. Senior Amateur at Mountain Ridge in West Caldwell, N.J.
>> Nebraska’s entry of Reinertson, John Sajevic of Fremont and Ryan Nietfeldt of Omaha tied for 27th in the USGA Men’s State Team Championship. Reinertson, a high school senior who will sign next month with Oklahoma, shot 71 in the final round to finish at 228 for 54 holes. He tied for 43rd in the individual competition. Nietfeldt shot 234 and Sajevic 239.
>> Andrew Frakes of Omaha competes next week in the World Long Drive Championships in Mesquite, Nev. The NU senior from Elkhorn averaged nearly 370 yards in a regional with a long drive of 391. His season best is 429.
>> The McCook Heritage Hills team won the 10th NGA Interclub Championship at Wild Horse in Gothenburg. They beat teams from Firethorn in Lincoln in the semifinals and Council Bluffs Country Club in the final. CBCC beat Beatrice Country Club in its semifinal.