By Sydney Brunelle and Sydnee Mack, AJGA Communications
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the TaylorMade-adidas Golf Qualifier for the AJGA Nebraska Junior at Quarry Oaks was an 18-hole stroke play event held at Quarry Oaks. The tournament field featured 68 boys and 16 girls, ages 12-18, from 16 states. The Boys Division played the par-71 course at 6,795 yards, while the Girls Division played the course at 6,045 yards. TaylorMade-adidas Golf Qualifiers give juniors an opportunity to "play their way in" to coinciding AJGA Open tournaments or earn Performance Stars for a future event. The TaylorMade-adidas Golf Qualifier Series offers opportunities for AJGA juniors at approximately 50 AJGA Open events.
NEBRASKA’S BEST: The AJGA searches out the best courses for juniors to play each year and Quarry Oaks is no exception. They have racked up quite a few awards over the past twenty years, with the most notable being the #1 Ranked Golf Course in Nebraska by Golf Digest in 1999. They have also been named by Golf Digest as One of America's 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses from 2003-2010.
THE BEES KNEES: You can’t get much sweeter than pure honey and you can’t get much better than a beautiful round of golf. The Quarry Oaks Golf Club has found a way to bring their customers both. In the summer of 2010, the Quarry Oaks Honey Company was founded when a partnership was formed between Quarry Oaks Golf Club and Russian born bee keeper Alex Kasayanov. Quarry Oaks is considered a perfect place for making honey because of the abundant wildflowers and oak trees surrounding the property. Each year they harvest honey on site and sell it in the pro shop as well as online.
The best part is their mission is to create honey that is pure and simple. When the honey is ready to be harvested, the beekeepers pull the frames out of the hives, cut the wax and pour the honey directly into the glass jars that they sell. That’s sweet! The bee hives are very close to being ready for the 2012 harvest, and as soon as they are the Quarry Oaks Honey Company will be able to collect up to 700 jars.
HOUSE NOT DIVIDED: The Wong family from Chandler, Ariz., should have no problem deciding what school to cheer for in the coming years. The Wong twins, Nathan and Aaron, both just graduated high school and true to twin fashion decided to attend the same college this fall. The Wong brothers will both be on scholarship for the men's golf team at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Neb. They (more than) willingly posed for the camera in their matching Nebraska gear after their second round of golf. Looks like they are ready to be Cornhuskers!