Knicely Done: With a little help from my friends

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When the Greater Omaha Golf Championship was formed three years ago, the idea was to do more than crown a local champion.

"We also wanted to give money to charities and scholarships, and we've done that," said Mick Shonsey, one of the founders of the tournament.

This year's tournament will be played at Johnny Goodman Golf Course August 20 and 21.

The winner of last year's scholarship told WOWT 6 News he will unfortunately not be able to play.

"I move back in to college the same weekend," explained Concordia University sophomore Nolan Zikas

The Greater Omaha Golf Championship scholarship was a boost for Zikas. He has been battling an aggressive form of cancer since 2015.

"It's osteosarcoma," explained Zikas. "It's a rare form of bone cancer and I had 18 rounds of chemo. They also took out my right femur and replaced it with a titanium rod."

Zikas worked hard in rehab and not only was able to play golf for Concordia University, he earned all-conference honors as a freshman with two tournament titles.

This summer Zikas had more surgery when a spot was detected on his lung

"I take life differently now and I let my teammates know that. If you have a bad shot it's not the end of the world."

This year part of the proceeds from the Greater Omaha Golf Championship will again go to a scholarship for a high school senior golfer.

"We're also donating to the Wounded Warrior Project," said Shonsey.

About half of the group that founded the tournament are veterans including Murray Krambeer who served over 30 years in the military.

""When we're able to provide just a little bit it makes us feel good," said Krambeer. "And it makes us proud of our golfing community and for our veterans."

Krambeer will be a contender for the Senior Championship in what he describes as a strong field.

Last year's overall champ, Phillip Maschka will be back to defend his title.

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