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John Mabry - from the rough column

John Mabry - from the rough.

In golf, there is a big difference between paying it forward (good) and playing it forward (bad).

For many years, Steph Kolbas has been a pro at the first one – the good kind. Whether she is coaching the Lincoln Pius X golfers or her own kiddos, she is all about growing the game with younger generations.

Another case in point is her work with U.S. Kids Golf. The local tours for U.S. Kids Golf, like the one in Lincoln, are created to provide young golfers the opportunity to get better in competition without the time and expense of making long trips to play in tournaments.

Kolbas, who runs the program for our area, said the Lincoln Local Spring Tour consists of eight one-day tournaments, including a season-ending one-day tour championship. Players earn awards and points for each tournament, allowing them an opportunity to qualify for state, regional and world championships.

“The mission of U.S. Kids Golf is to help kids have fun learning the lifelong game of golf and to encourage family interaction that builds lasting memories,” Kolbas said.

U.S. Kids Golf is for boys and girls ages 5 to 14. Similar to the PGA Tour, U.S. Kids golfers are encouraged to have caddies to help them play their best.

“Allowing caddies is a special component of our tournaments and is part of our commitment to encouraging family interaction,” Kolbas said.

There are eight events scheduled this spring. The first two events are April 7 at Tiburon Golf Course in Omaha and April 8 at Woodland Hills Golf Course in Eagle.

For more information, visit and click on the Tournaments and Local tabs.

“Golf is a lifelong journey where we can learn, have fun and build lasting memories,” Kolbas said. “I feel very fortunate to be able to give back to the game that has given me so much over the years.”

And golf folks in this town are fortunate to have Steph Kolbas.

Aces for Ager

Speaking of junior golf, I am a big, big fan of the Ager Golf Course. What a great place for kiddos to learn the game.

Through the Aces for Ager program, you can help provide a chance for a boy or girl to learn the game at Ager, in cooperation with organizations such as Boys and Girls Club, Lighthouse and the YMCA. No donation is too small. For more information, visit or contact Joe Canny at

John Mabry lives by one rule when it comes to golf, a tip from the legendary Ty Webb – “be the ball.” John can be reached on the driving range at Bushwood CC or


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