Nebraska Golf Hall Of Fame
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A five-time state champion, Nan Circo was a member of the University of Nebraska’s Big Eight championship team of 1976 who went on to play on the LPGA Tour.
Nanette M. Circo’s golf career started with three consecutive Nebraska junior golf championships beginning in 1971. She lettered at NU in 1976, 1977, and 1978 with the Huskers winning the first Big Eight tournament.
Her first women’s state championship came in 1976 at Hillcrest Country Club in Lincoln, where she defeated Christie Schwartzkopf in the finals. She repeated the following year at Hillcrest, beating Val Skinner in the finals, then won at Highland Country Club (now Ironwood) in Omaha in 1979 by again besting Skinner in the finals. She was state stroke-play champion in 1978 and 1979, making her the first to win both women’s championships in the same year.
After moving to San Diego, CA., where she still resides, and playing several years on the Futures Tour, Circo qualified for the LPGA Tour for its 1984 season.
Omaha attorney Tom Olson is a three-time state champion who has been selected 20 times to the Nebraska Cup amateur team. He also is a longtime board member for the Nebraska Golf Association.
Born in Racine, WI., Thomas M. Olson attended Notre Dame and is a 1972 graduate of Creighton University School of Law. His first state title was the 1976 math-play championship at Hillcrest Country Club in Lincoln. He followed up four years later with the 1980 match-play title at Highland Country Club (now Ironwood) in Omaha.
In 1997, at age 51, he became the oldest winner of the Nebraska Amateur championship when he played four rounds at Fremont Golf Club in 1-under 283. He closed out the field with a final round even par 71. He remained a perennial challenger in state tournaments long thereafter. Tom also has won 2 state seniors titles.
In USGA competition, he played in four U.S. Mid-Amateurs and the 1997 State Team Championship. At Omaha Country Club, he was men’s club champion 10 times in a 22-year period between 1971 and 1992 and has 13 titles overall.
For a 25 year period between the late 80’s and early 2000’s, Tom has served on the NGA board and was also a member of the USA’s Senior Amateur Committee.
Although he left for California at age 27, DIck Knight’s Nebraska portion of an illustrious golfing career was memorable. State high school champion, Nebraska Amateur champion, youngest pro at the state’s oldest golf course.
John Richard Knight graduated from Omaha Central in 1946 after winning the boys golf state championship. His interest in golf developed, in part, from watching the play of the 1933 U.S. Open champion Johnny Goodman.
Dick enrolled at Oklahoma A&M (now Oklahoma State), where he lettered as a teammate of Bo Wininger and Don January, before entering the U.S. Navy. In 1949, he won the All-Navy championship and the next year added the Nebraska Amateur and Open titles before turning professional. He defeated Del Ryder 5&4 for the Nebraska Amateur title at Kearney Country Club.
Dick was a part-time player on the PGA Tour in 1953, then served as head pro at the Navy-Marine course on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu before the Field Club of Omaha hired the 23-year old as its pro following the death of Stanley Davies. He was at Field Club for the 11954 and 1955 seasons, then became a partner with Leon Pounders in a west Omaha driving range.
California then beckoned the eventual father of four. He left Omaha in 1957 to be head pro at California Country Club in Whittier and won the 1958 California Open before rejoining the PGA Tour for the 1959 and 1960 seasons. He was 10th in the 1959 U.S. Open, which earned him an invitation to the 1960 Masters. Knight returned to Omaha in the 1970’s for business reasons. He passed away in 1991 in California.