BEATRICE — There was no person who was able to come close to catching Alex Schaake on Sunday on his way to the second-lowest final score in the history of the Nebraska Amateur Championship.
Schaake won the championship with rounds of 72-66-67-65 for a 270 total at Beatrice Country Club’s par 72 layout. The only better final 72-hole total in the 60 years since the tournament has used the stroke play format was a 267 total by Steve Friesen at Lochland Country Club in Hastings in 1998.
Schaake, a 19-year old from Omaha and sophomore-to-be on the Iowa golf team, also won this tournament last year at Omaha Country Club, making him the eighth player to win back-to-back titles.
“It means a lot to repeat,” Schaake said. “This is the best tournament in Nebraska. All of the best amateurs come here. There were a couple of amateurs that weren’t here (Rylee Reinerstson and Luke Kluver) that I would have liked to, because you always want to beat the best, but I played really well, and I think it would have been hard to catch me this year.”
The win gives Schaake an impressive seven championships in Nebraska Golf Association events. He also won the Junior Amateur three times, and the Junior Match Play Championship twice.
Schaake took a four-shot lead into the final round, and with a 7-under-par 65 on Sunday claimed a dominating seven-shot victory for one of the largest margins of victory in tournament history. Former Nebraska golfer Michael Colgate was the runner-up at 277.
Schaake only started the tournament OK with an even-par 72 in the first round, but was 18-under-par combined over the final three rounds.
“I don’t think I’ve ever consistently played this well,” Schaake said. “I’ve shot scores like I’ve shot the last three days, but consistently I haven’t done it. It’s hard not to do it when the conditions were this…