The Nebraska School Activities Association has selected the community of North Platte as the site of the Class D Boys State Golf Championship for 2018, 2019 and 2020.That keeps the streak alive. North Platte hosted the tournament in 2016 and 2017.
Courtney Fegter of the Lincoln County Visitors Bureau submitted the bid online to the NSAA board of directors. Fegter is the Sports Tourism Specialist at the bureau.
She said the championship tournaments will be played at the Lake Maloney Golf Course.
“The community of North Platte and host course Lake Maloney golf club received high accolades from coaches and competitors in the past two tournaments we hosted,” Fegter said. “The enthusiasm and professionalism of our volunteers, and the well-run golf course, all helped convince the NSAA to award the tournament to North Platte for the next three years.”
Just under 100 competitors participated in the championship tournaments in 2016-17. Class D, comprised of the smallest schools with boys’ golf programs, traditionally has many fans, friends and family who the trip to watch the competition.
Based on a formula provided by the National Association of Sports Commissions, the participants and their followers account for an estimated $40,000 in direct travel spending in North Platte each year, the visitor’s bureau said.
Executive Director Lisa Burke said the tournament “kicks off at the perfect time of year, when the peak summer travel season is just beginning. Attracting hundreds of additional visitors to our community, for 2-3 days in May, benefits retail shops, service stations, restaurants and lodging. The money the visitors spend is re-spent throughout North Platte, benefiting the community.”
The NSAA awarded the Class A tournament to Norfolk, Class B to Columbus and Class C to Kearney.
North Platte is hosting the Class C girls state golf tournament in the fall of 2017 – 2019, after also hosting the tournament in 2015 and 2016.