The Pinnacle Bank Championship begins in 2 days and the excitement that has been building for months will finally be rewarded with high quality golf. The Club at Indian Creek enters the rotation on the Web.com Tour schedule for the first time and should provide a stern test to the pros. The Tour is back in Omaha for the first time since 2013 and the excitement has been building for months. The Web.com Tour is the proving ground for the PGA Tour, and this week, The Club at Indian Creek is the stage.
Adding to the excitement is the injection of local talent into the field via qualifiers that have taken place over the past week. 4 Players with Nebraska ties earned exemptions into the Pinnacle Bank Championship and don’t be shocked if you see their names on the leaderboard late Sunday. Rylee Reinertson, Jace Guthmiller, Ryan Vermeer PGA, and John Hurley all earned exemptions in their respective qualifiers. We’ll introduce you to these four talented players and tell you how they played their way into the event.
Rylee Reinertson is a rising Senior on The University of Oklahoma Men’s Golf Team. Rylee is from Gibbon, NE and comes into the Pinnacle Bank Championship riding high after the Sooners won the NCAA Team Title earlier this summer. Reinertson is a decorated player who has played in many national amateur events as well as local events. He won the 2015 Nebraska Amateur held at The Club at Indian Creek and the 2016 Nebraska Match Play Championship at Firethorn Golf Club in Lincoln. He has a ton of game and qualified for this event by winning the 36-hole qualifier at ArborLinks in Nebraska City shooting a 2-round total of 3 under par.
Jace Guthmiller is a rising Junior on The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Men’s Golf Team. Guthmiller is from Yankton, SD and qualified for the event by winning the annual Indian Creek Invitational. He posted a 2-round total of -5 to capture the title by 1 shot. Jace earned Academic All Big-Ten in 2017, and posted a scoring average of just over 73 playing in all 10 events for the Huskers this spring.
Ryan Vermeer PGA
Ryan Vermeer PGA, is well known in the Nebraska Section of the PGA, and has racked up many individual accolades over his career both as an amateur and now as a professional. He captured the 1996 Nebraska Amateur Championship and at the time was the youngest to do it. As a professional, his highlights are numerous, but this year he qualified for the PGA Championship which will be held in North Carolina August 7-13. He earned his spot in the Pinnacle Bank Championship by shooting a 65 (-7) at the Monday Qualifier at Bent Tree Golf Club in Council Bluffs.
John Hurley is originally from O’Neill, NE and played his collegiate golf at Texas A&M helping the Aggies capture the 2009 NCAA National Championship. Hurley, now a professional, will be making his 9th start on the Web.com Tour and first since 2013. His best finish is a tie for 45th at the Cox Classic back in 2012, but since then has added a victory on the Adams Tour in 2015 pocketing $15,000 in prize money.
In addition to the players mentioned above, 4 others with Nebraska ties will be teeing it up this week at The Pinnacle Bank Championship. Nate Lashley, originally from Scottsbluff, has already won this year on the Web.com Tour. With a few more solid finishes he will secure a spot on the PGA Tour in 2018. Brady Schnell of Spencer, IA and former member of the Nebraska-Lincoln Golf Team will be playing a home game as well. Schnell is coming off his best finish of the year, a T-11 at the Web.com Tour’s Nashville Open, and will look to build on that momentum in Omaha.
McCook’s Brandon Crick, who qualified for the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion, will be making his 5th start on the Web.com Tour this year. Omaha native Scott Gutschewski, will be making his 13th start on the Web.com Tour this year. Currently ranked 63rd on the Money List, Gootch needs a strong finish to the year in hopes of securing a 2018 PGA Tour Card.
Best of luck to all participating in The Pinnacle Bank Championship! For more information, visit the tournament site by clicking HERE.