Nebraska Golf Hall Of Fame
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Mark Calcavecchia has been the most successful Nebraska born golfer on the PGA Tour, winning 13 tournaments including the 1989 Open Championship, and has won twice on the Champions Tour.
The Laurel native was born to Jorn and Marjorie Calcavecchia. John Calcavecchia, an insurance agent who was manager of the town’s bowling center, joined others in building Cedar View Country Club so they wouldn’t have to travel 15 miles to Wayne to play golf. Mark started playing when he was 8 and he was playing 36 to 45 holes a day at Cedar View before the family moved to Florida because of his father’s health.
Mark’s amateur career began by winning the Florida Junior and Orange Bowl Junior titles. He lettered from 1978 to 1980 at the University of Florida, where he was All-SEC in 1980. He turned pro in 1981 and made the PGA Tour in 1982, winning for the first time in 1986. In 1989 he defeated Australians Wayne Grady and Greg Norman in the four-hole aggregate playoff at the Open Championship.
He has played for the United States in four Ryder Cups and one Presidents Cup. He has won more than $30 million on the PGA and Champions Tours. His favorite course is Sand Hills.
Mike Klein is a former PGA Tour golfer who was a successful amateur player and now is enjoying success as a high school golf coach in his hometown.
Born in Lincoln, he graduated from Scottsbluff High School in 1973. He played one year at Western Nebraska Community College and three at the University of Houston. Among his Houston teammates were Fred Couples, Jim Nantz and Nick Faldo. Klein won one tournament as a senior and played on the Cougar’s Southwest Conference Championship team that went to the NCAA’s in 1978. He won the Nebraska Amateur in 1975 at Sky View in Alliance and in 1978 at Norfolk Country Club.
After losing in the third round of the 1978 U.S. Amateur, he turned professional. He played on the PGA Tour in 1980 and 1981, qualifying for the 1981 U.S. Open.
He has coached high school golf for 30 years, the first 18 at Mitchell, before coming home to Scottsbluff. His Scottsbluff teams have won six girls state championships and one boys state title and have produced many Division I golfers. At Mitchell, the Tigers were Class C-1 team champions in 2000 and 2001.
Klein is the director of the West Nebraska Field of Dreams indoor golfing facility in Scottsbluff. He worked at the Scottsbluff Country Club in the mid 1980’s.
Gerald L. (Jerry) Fisher is a life member of the PGA of America who was head professional at the Country Club of Lincoln and the head women’s golf coach at the University of Nebraska.
Born in Odell, NE., he graduated from St. Joseph High School in Beatrice in 1962 and from Hastings College in 1966. He returned from military service to be head pro at Meadowbrook in Hastings in 1969. In 1970 he joined the Country Club of Lincoln as an assistant professional and was its head professional from 1972 to 1990. He was the Nebraska PGA’s professional of the year in 1977 as its president from 1976-77.
In the early 1990’s, he built Crooked Creek Golf Club in Lincoln. He was its General Manager and director of golf from 1995 to 2000.
At Nebraska, he coached the Husker women from 1976 to 1985. They were Big Eight champions in 1983. At the Country Club of Lincoln, he mentored the likes of Nebraska Golf Hall of Famers Jim White and Charlie Borner and hosted numerous USGA qualifiers and state tournaments.
Jerry’s playing career included qualifying for the 1973 PGA Championship. He was Nebraska PGA champion in 1972 after winning the state assistants championship the year before. He won the Nebraska PGA match-play championship in 1984.