Alex Schademann, 10, of Geneva registered for the Nebraska Junior Golf Tour (NJGT) this summer in the 9-11 age group. He entered in 15 regular events and one premier event. Outside of the NJGT, he also entered in the Nebraska Golf Association Junior Championship held at Sunset Valley in Omaha in the 10-11 age bracket where he finished runner-up with a 9-hole score of 43. In 15 regular events, he placed first seven times, second three times, third four times and fourth one time.
In the July 10-11 premier event, Schademann finished strong winning four out of five events and finished second in the other. His strong finish enabled him to contend for Player of the Year honors by accumulating the most points in his 9-11 age group in a field of 72 competitors. He finished in second place for most accumulated points, getting edged out by five points.
The premier event, held in Grand Island, was a two-day tournament playing 18-holes—nine at Jack-Rabbit Run (scoring 45) and nine-holes at Riverside (scoring 42). These strong events vaulted him into third place (worth double points) which put him in contention for overall Player of the Year. His best mistake-free rounds were played at Willow Lakes in Bellevue, where he posted a score of 41, and a respectable outing at Pioneers in Lincoln, where he shot even par. He also tackled Riverside in Grand Island scoring a 42.
The Player of the Year is awarded to the player with the best eight finishes and most accumulated points. First worth 50, second 45 and third 40. Alex’s best eight finishes were finishing first in seven regular events and third once at the premier event worth double points for a total of 430 points.
At years end, the Top 20 golfers by accumulated points were invited to the championship for his age group, which was held at Wilderness Ridge on August 1. There, Schademann shot a 42 and tied for seventh place.