11th annual Shamrock Open
The tenth annual Shamrock Open was held at Tiburon Golf Course in Omaha on June 3rd with 114 golfers participating. The event netted $10,860 which will be invested in new football cage lockers and additional ventilation for the football cage locker room at Scotus. In the event’s 10-year history more than $66,179 has been raised to improve athletic facilities at SCC. This year’s first flight, first place winners and given the opportunity to have their photo taken with the coveted Shamrock Open jackets (reused each year) were, l-r: Todd Halligan, Chad Gonka ‘96, Neal Suess and Brian Strong.
The next Shamrock Open is set for Saturday, June 2, 2018.
Shamrock Opens have supported:
2016 $9,816 for new weight room half racks 2015 $7,382 for padded scorer’s table (Dowd Center) and athletic training room remodel 2014 $5,851 for new athletic record boards in the Dowd Activity Center hallway 2013 $6,149 for a new storage rack for a Scotus bus 2012 $7,388 for new weight room equipment and training tables 2011 $7,047 for weight room flooring and equipment 2010 $6,070 for locker room flooring and exhaust system
The tourney actually began in Columbus in the year 2000 and was known as the Shamrock Alumni/nae and Friends Golf Tourney. The event was not a fundraiser and was primarily offered as an opportunity for alumni and supporters to gather together for a day of camaraderie. The tourney fielded usually 50-60 golfers and after 8 years in Columbus the annual event moved to Omaha in 2008 under the direction of Scotus alumni Nick Puetz ’97 and Joe Puetz ’01. The Puetz brothers immediately brought life to the tourney, rebranding the event as the “Shamrock Open” and engaging the resources of local alumni to market the event and seek sponsorships for holes, flag and flight prizes. Today the Shamrock Open usually attracts a full field of golfers with sponsorships coming from alumni living both locally and from distant states such as California, Texas and Colorado. The tourney now produces a modest income for Scotus Central Catholic but the event’s main goal continues to be to gather alumni and friends of the school together and to celebrate the history and traditions of Scotus Central Catholic High School.
For information about next year’s tourney or about sponsorship opportunities contact Nick Puetz: firstname.lastname@example.org or John Schueth, Scotus development office: email@example.com.