Nebraska Golf Hall Of Fame
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At the age of 20, Bob Popp began his career as a golf club professional. His first three positions spanned just a total of 10 years. Did that mean Popp was to be a nomad throughout his career, moving every three years? Hardly! in 1959 he accepted the position as head golf professional at Omaha Country Club where he stayed for the next 31 years until his retirement in 1989.
During that time, Popp won the Nebraska PGA title four times (1960, 63, 64, and 67). Bob, who has had nine holes-in-one during his career, lowered the Omaha Country Club course record three times — from 66 to 65 and then to the current mark of 64.
A three-time president of the Nebraska Section of the PGA, Popp was named Nebraska Pro of the Year in 1966, 69, and 82. He also served three, three-year terms on the National PGA Executive Committee (1966-69; 1975-78; and 1982-95).
Bob Popp received the ultimate accolade in his profession in 1982 when he was named the National Professional of the year by the PGA of America.
He and his wife Betty are the parents of two sons, Bob and Tony.
Following graduation from Lincoln High and the University of Nebraska, Jean Hyland soon began to dominate women’s golf in Nebraska (along with Hall fo Famer Dorothy Schwatrzkopf).
Jean won the first of her seventeen Lincoln City titles in 1950 and the most recent in 1991. She also captured the Nebraska State match play championship five times — 1957, 61, 62, 68, and 74 — and was runner-up on five other occasions.
Hyland was one of just two Nebraskans to qualify for the championship flight of the Women’s Trans Mississippi tournament when it was held at Omaha Country Club in 1972.
Jean has played an active role in NWAGA (Nebraska Women’s Amateur Golf Association), serving on the committee to organize and write the constitution for NWAGA in 1972. She was also the organization’s treasurer from 1975-1977, and tournament chair from 1978-1982.
Hyland was inducted into the Lincoln Journal Nebraska Sports Hall of Fame in 1982. Also, in 1986, she and Schwartzkopf became the first women to be inducted into the Lincoln High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
Jean and he’s husband Paul now enjoy golf year round by spending their retirement winters in Arizona.
Jim English won his Nebraska Amateur golf championship while a student at Creighton University in 1947 and was the runner-up the next summer.
Perhaps the most prestigious tournament in those days was the Trans-Miss. English was the 1950 champion, recording an 11&10 victory in the 36-hole final match, a margin that remains the most lopsided in Trans-Miss history.
During that time, Jim simultaneously held the course record at the Happy Hollow Club, Omaha Field Club, and Highland Country Club.
After moving from Nebraska, English became a dominant golfer in Colorado, Iowa, and Kansas. He won the Iowa Open in 1950 and the Kansas Amateur championship in 1954 and 1956. In Colorado, he won the state match play title in 1957 and 1960 as well as the stroke play crown in 1958, 59, and 61. English was also the Broadmoor Invitational winner in 1955 and 1964.
English, who was inducted into the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame in 1980, qualified for the U.S. Open seven times and was the low amateur in 1959, thus topping Jack Nicklaus who failed to make the 36-hole cut.
Jim and his wife Margaret, who died in 1972, were the parents of 11 children. “They are my real riches – a beautiful family,” English said.
With nine state amateur golf championships to his credit, Rod Bliss Jr. compiled a record equaled by few in the nation. Born in 1912, this Omaha native graduated from Central High before heading east to Cornell University where he graduated in 1934.
Home from college in the summers, Rod won his first two Nebraska Amateur Championships following his sophomore and junior year’s in 1932 and ’33. In all, Bliss won the title six times (1932, 33, 34, 37, 40, and 48). The span of 16 years between his first and last championship is greater than any other past Nebraska champion.
Bliss also won the Nebraska Open before moving to Iowa where he won that state’s amateur championship three times, in 1951, ’55, and ’61. Thus, 29 years elapsed between his first state championship and his last. While living in Iowa, Bliss also added three Des Moines city titles to his trophy case.
While often a winner, Bliss also compiled an outstanding record of finishing second in a variety of events. He was the runner up in the 1933 NCAA championship, twice finished second in the Western Amateur, and was the second low amateur at the 1934 U.S. Open.
Bliss, who died at the age of 76, is survived by his wife Dorthea, daughter Barbara, and son Rod Bliss III.