The 2018 PGA Professional Player of the Year, Ryan Vermeer, will compete in the 2019 Pinnacle Bank Championship presented by Chevrolet at The Club at Indian Creek.
The Board of Directors, who administer the Pinnacle Bank Championship, has decided to award Vermeer one of the unrestricted spots into the competition.
The spot comes from the Nebraska Qualifier that was scheduled for Thursday, June 27 at ArborLinks in Nebraska City. The Nebraska Qualifier will not take place this year.
Vermeer, who is also director of instruction at Happy Hollow Club in Omaha, recently competed in and made the cut at the 101st PGA Championship last week at Bethpage State Park Black Course in Farmingdale, New York. He is the first Nebraska PGA Professional to have accomplished that feat and follows his win at the 2018 PGA Professionals of America Championship and his honor as 2018 OMEGA PGA National Player of the Year, awarded by the PGA of America.
“What Ryan has accomplished on the golf course in the past 12 months is unprecedented in Nebraska golf history and he continues to perform at the highest level of his professional career,” said David Honnens, CEO of the Nebraska Section PGA.
There will be a Nebraska Qualifier in future years. Professional golfers will still have an opportunity to compete in the Pinnacle Bank Championship by earning a spot through the Web.com Tour Monday Qualifier at Bent Tree Golf Club in Council Bluffs, Iowa or at Wilderness Ridge Golf Club in Lincoln, Neb., on Monday, July 15. The state’s top amateur golfers can earn one of the unrestricted spots through the Indian Creek Invitational July 13-14 at The Club at Indian Creek or through the Web.com Tour Monday Qualifier.
"We're happy that we are able to provide Nebraskans and amateurs the opportunity to compete in one of the Web.com Tour's premiere events in the Pinnacle Bank Championship,” said Jessica Brabec, the Pinnacle Bank Championship tournament director. “Securing arguably the top golfer in the state in Ryan Vermeer just adds to the growing excitement surrounding the tournament."