Nebraska Golf Hall Of Fame
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Matt Zadalis was the Nebraska state champion in 1938, but gained even greater recognition in the game of golf when he followed his amateur days with a long and impressive career as a teaching professional.
Matt was born in Omaha and three years after his graduation from Omaha South High School he was won the first Omaha Publinks Championship, a tournament he later won on four additional occasions.
Zadalis was the medalist at the Western Amateur in 1936 and two years later won the Nebraska State Amateur Championship, a tournament in which he finished as the runner-up three other times. He currently holds or at one time held the course record at 10 different Omaha area courses. But it’s unlikely that anything attests to Matt’s playing ability more than the fact that he shot a 63 at the Omaha Field Club at the age of 74.
Zadalis managed to combine his love for the game of golf into both his work and play in 1933 when he became the course superintendent at the Spring Lake Park course. He later took the same job at Benson park in 1939.
In 1947 Matt became a member of the PGA and was the first golf professional hired by the City of Omaha. He served as the pro at the Miller Park and Spring Lake Park courses from that time until 1975.
In 1962, he became the first public or municipal professional to be elected PGA Professional of the Year. Matt influenced the lives of many young golfers. He organized the first Omaha public junior golf program, conducting free junior clinics. His clinics were nationally recognized as one of the oldest and largest programs of its kind.
Matt and his wife Anna Home Zadalis, who is deceased, were the parents of four children, Delores, Robert, James, and Daniel.
Joseph Hadwick, the longtime course superintendent at the Country Club of Lincoln, is part of a history-making family.
Joe’s father Charlie was the course superintendent at the Jefferson City (MO) Country Club for 50 years. The family rarity was created when all four of Joseph’s sons became involved in the same profession — a three-generation family dating back to when golf course maintenance first began in the United States.
Joseph, who was affectionately called “The Sod Father” by the club members in Lincoln, worked for his father every summer from the time he was seven.
After college he served in the European Theater during WWII. Then Joe returned to Jefferson City as his father’s assistant until the fall of 1951 when he was named the superintendent of the Country Club of Lincoln.
When he retired in June of 1984 he was succeeded by his son Charles. Son Tom is one of Charles’ full-time crew members, while son John is the course superintendent at Grand Island Muni. Son Bob is the super at Dub’s Dread Golf Course in Lansing, Kansas. One of Joe’s three daughters, Jean Marie, is also involved in the same field. She is the landscape gardener at the Country Club of Lincoln.
Byron “By” Adams
“By” Adams won four state sand green golf championships, more than an other in Nebraska Golf history.
In 1951 at the Country Club of Lincoln, he became the first sand green champ to capture the state amateur grass green title.
A resident of Phoenix, prior to his death, September 29, 1993, Adams was born in Tilden, NE. He graduated from Grand Island High School in 1938 and from the University of Nebraska in 1943. He lived much of his adult life in Fairbury and later in Omaha before moving out of state.
During the WWII of 1942 and 1943, “By” served as both player and coach of the Nebraska Golf team, but his notoriety as a top golfer started much earlier than that. Adams was the medalist in the Grand Island City Championships at the age of 14 and won that tournament in the summers of 1936, 37, and 38 following his sophomore, junior and senior years in high school.
“By” also won the state high school championship both as a junior and a senior. Also during the summer following his senior year, at the age of 17, Adams won the first of his sand green titles. His others came in 1939, 53, and 53. He also won the Lincoln City championship in 1943, 46, and 48.