The eleventh annual Shamrock Open was held at Tiburon Golf Course in Omaha on June 2nd with 84 golfers participating. The 2018 tourney title sponsor was Northwestern Mutual (Nate Karges ‘96 and Joe Dierks ‘96.) Platinum Sponsors: BD Construction (Chris Langan ’96), Exit Big (Jeff Herdzina ’94), First National Bank Omaha (Stacy Auman), Fusion Medical (Dan Beller ’97), Malibu Homes (Mike Shotkoski ’94) and Northwest Electric (Kyle Fritz ’03.) Green Sponsors: Bull Moose (Neal Suess), Children’s Dentistry of Council Bluffs (Joe Quattrocchi ’91), Elks Country Club (Mike VunCannon), Liberty Mutual (Joe Puetz ’01), Lutz Financial (Justin Vossen), Mahan Family (Bill Mahan and Alex Mahan), Obrist & Company (John Obrist ‘’96), Puetz Family (Gary & Judy Puetz), CBS Reality (Matt Beers), and the Chip Kaup ‘97 Classic Golf Tourney.
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: Aaron Gardner, Jeff Wessell, Bob Klopnieski ‘86 and Matt Jilek ’86.
The Shamrock Open originally began in the year 2000, was held in Columbus annually and was known as the Alumni & Friends Golf Tourney. The event was moved to Omaha in 2008 and under new event directors, Nick Puetz ’97 and Joe Puetz ’01—who both continue to lead the “FUNraiser” to an annual success.