CLASS OF 1990
BOB ASTLEFORD (Omaha)
A member of the Field Club of Omaha, he won a record eight State Men’s Amateur Championships, including six in a row, which is also a record.
The eight state titles came in 1955, 1959, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, and 1967. He also won seven Omaha Publics Championships. He qualified for the U.S. Open on several occasions, missing the cut by 1 in 1965 at Bellerive.
Astleford was a member of the board of directors and past president of the Nebraska Amateur Golf Association. More recently, he was in charge of Public Golf and Golf Courses as a director of the Parks and Recreation Department for the City of Omaha.
JOHNNY GOODMAN (Omaha)
First achieved national prominence when he defeated medalist and defending champion Bobby Jones in the first round of the U.S. Amateur at Pebble Beach in 1929.
Won the U.S. (only Nebraskan to do so) in 1937. Was the runner-up in 1932 and lost in the semi-finals in 1935. Played on three United States Walker Cup teams.
Won the U.S. Open at age 23 at North Shore CC, Glenview, IL., in 1933, and defeating tournament favorites Ralph Guldahl, Tommy Armour and Gene Sarazen. Broke the course record with a second-round 66.
The last amateur to win the U.S. Open.
Born in 1910, he started as a caddy at the Field Club of Omaha, later becoming a member. He won 60 tournaments during his career. The first was the Omaha City at age 16. Goodman later moved to California where he passed away at age 60.
SAM REYNOLDS (Omaha)
Won seven Nebraska State Amateur Championships – 1912, 1914, 1916, 1919, 1922, 1923 and 1926. In addition, was the runner-up on four other occasions.
Trans Mississippi champion in 1917.
Appointed a U.S. Senator in 1954. Elected to the Omaha City council. Also, a past president of the Omaha Chamber of Commerce and past commander of Post #1 American Legion.
In 1950, he organized and directed Omaha’s first Civil Defense Unit. President Eisenhower awarded him the Freedom Foundation Medal for his successful effort to contain the Missouri River floodwaters.
Shot his age, 69, in 1959, and did it each year until he was 87. Vice-president and General Manager of Reynolds-Updike Coal Company, he worked until age 94.
DEL RYDER (GRAND ISLAND)
Started golfing career as a caddy at Riverside Golf Club in Grand Island where he won the club championship at age 16 in 1941. Eight more titles followed in 1942, 1947, 1949, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968 and 1969. Elected president of Riverside in 1972. Captain of the University of Nebraska Golf team, 1947-1949.
A founding board member of the Nebraska Amateur Golf Association in 1966, he was president of that organization in 1969. Was executive director of the NAGA from 1972 through 1988.
A past president of the International Association of Golf Administrators, he was recently appointed to the Sectional Affairs Committee of the United States Golf Association.
A partner of Ryder Rosacker McCue Insurance, he is past president of the Independent Insurance Agents of Nebraska.
DOROTHY SCHWARTZKOPF (LINCOLN)
In 1972, was instrumental in changing the organization of women’s golf in Nebraska. With the help of others, drafted a new constitution and standing rules which were adopted.
The result: The Nebraska Women’s Amateur Golf Association grew from 135 individuals representing 11 clubs to a current membership of 3,000 members from 81 clubs. NWAGA now conducts seven annual events, compared to one prior to 1972.
Served five years as NWAGA executive secretary, two years as vice-president and one as president.
Four-time Nebraska Women’s Match Play champion and the runner-up on four other occasions. First Nebraska Women’s Stroke Play champion in 1975 at age 56 and the Nebraska Women’s Senior champion in 1987. The only woman golfer to have won all three state championships.
BILL SCHUCHART (OMAHA)
Golf professional at Happy Hollow Country Club in Omaha for 35 years. Helped organize the Nebraska PGA in the 1930’s and served as the Section president for more years than any other individual. Schuchart was selected Nebraska Professional of the Year on two occasions.
The first Nebraska professional to serve on the National PGA board of Directors. He was instrumental in helping revive the Nebraska State Amateur in 1946; inaugurate the Omaha World Herald Junior Clinics and Championship; and create the Omaha Ladies City Tournament in 1950.
Won several State PGA championships and made the 36-hole cut in three U.S. Open championships in the 1930’s.
The patriarch of the only three-generation professional golf family in Nebraska, he spent 67 years in golf as a caddie, golf professional, golf promoter and pioneer.