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Mahoney and the City of Lincoln go extra mile to prepare for 2010 Special Olympic USA National Games

July 21, 2010

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When the City of Lincoln caught wind that the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games would take place here, preparations began almost immediately. The city’s Mahoney Golf Course had three years’ worth of changes to take care of before the national games arrived.

“Last year we had an NIT [national invitational tournament], which was comprised of 21 states,“ said Chuck Domant, pro shop assistant. “So we had a preview of what we were going to get this year.”

The most important issue Mahoney took care of was to make its facility handicapped accessible. That included remodeled restrooms and a re-carpeted clubhouse.

The next step was to make Mahoney’s appearance top notch for the games. Mahoney and the City of Lincoln removed and replaced sandpits, planted trees throughout the golf course and purchased a new scoreboard.

All the hard work appears to have paid off.

“It’s taken thousands of people to get hundreds of golfers, but the whole experience has been rewarding,” Domant said.

Article and Photo: Krista McDonald, Emily German, Jessica Monroe, University of Nebraska-Lincoln



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Go green

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Scott Rohrer, 21, swings for the green at Highlands Golf Course Wednesday morning. Rohrer went on to win the highest level of competition in golf at the 2010 USA National Games. In the process he broke the Special Olympics world record with a 71 on Monday’s round.



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Texan wins golfing gold

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Cole Wells won the gold medal in the Level 1 skills competition at Highlands Golf Course.



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A friendly hello

Michigan at Highlands Golf Course

Gail Braxton, a Special Olympics family member, waves as the games documentation team rolls by her on a golf cart on Wednesday at the Highlands Golf Course.
Photo: Emily Bliss, University of Nebraska-Lincoln



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On the green

Michigan at Highlands Golf Course

A member of Team Minnesota stopped to strike a pose by the golf cart at Highlands Golf Course on Wednesday afternoon.

Photo by Emily Bliss



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Record-setting golfer Scott Rohrer explains Monday’s wind

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Scott Rohrer, 21, of York, S.C., set a USA National Special Olympics golf record with a 1-under par 71 at Highlands Golf Course in Lincoln, Neb. Golfing in the windy conditions, Rohrer beat the previous USA National Games record of a 73 by Joel Murray of Louisiana set last year. Rohrer plays at the highest classification in the games.

Rohrer’s 71 on the Highlands Golf Course in Lincoln, Neb., is his personal best score. He made it in his first 18-hole individual stroke-play national event. PGA of America Honorary President Brian Whitcomb met with Rohrer at the leader board to congratulate him on his National Games feat.

“I had four birdies, a bunch of pars, a couple of bogies, but overall not a bad day. Actually, it was just awesome and the best I’ve ever done,” said Rohrer. Rohrer has traditionally played in the national event with his father in the Level III 18-hole team play event, winning the gold medal in the Level III 2009 Special Olympics Golf National Invitational Tournament.

Scott’s father, Jeff, was on site in Nebraska, but helping out as coach with the Level I Individual Skills competition. “My wife was Scott’s caddie so I knew he was playing great, I just didn’t know how great,” said father Jeff Rohrer, also of York, S.C. “He was on his game today that is for sure. I think that the course we play in South Carolina, River Hills Country Club, makes you hit your shot with accuracy or you are in real trouble… that is what helped him here today.”

Story: Aaron Krienert, University of Nebraska-Lincoln



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Missouri golfer poised for strong Special Olympics showing

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Missouri golfer Andy Martinez, 26, is a potential front-runner for an Olympic medal. But Martinez doesn’t let competition get in the way of his love of the game.



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Volunteers show Nebraska is willing to help

July 20, 2010

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In a true show of, Nebraskan hospitality, the Special Olympics turned down volunteers for this years 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games because a lack of jobs. There are 6,450 total volunteers that are available to help at any time, though there were 11,000 who registered. The organization has found there are more than enough volunteers to complete the jobs required for this week’s events. A special thanks to all the volunteers that have given up their time to help enhance the athlete’s experience in Husker Nation.

Photo: Brandon Frakes, University of Nebraska-Lincoln



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Golfers head out for shotgun start

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Golf kicked off on Monday of the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games. Multiple levels of play commenced at the Highlands Golf Course.

Photos by: Alanna Nunn, University of Nebraska-Lincoln



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Volunteers cheer on athletes during Games

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Volunteers congratulate Special Olympics athlete Jane Cameron during the skills tournament at the Highlands Golf Course on Monday.

Photo by: Alanna Nunn, University of Nebraska-Lincoln



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