Robak Elected First Female President of NGA
OMAHA (November 25, 2019) - The Nebraska Golf Association conducted its Annual Meeting on November 15 at The Country Club of Lincoln, and new officers were elected, including Lincoln's Kim Robak, who will become the Association’s first female president.
Robak will serve as president of the organization for the 2020-2021 term. She will be the 32nd president of the NGA, but the first woman to serve in that role in the association's history, which dates back to 1966. Robak has served on the NGA board since 2011, and was Vice President from 2018-2019. She's a member at The Country Club of Lincoln, where she will also be serving as president in 2020.
Robak is a senior partner at Mueller Robak LLC, a lobbying firm in Lincoln, where she has been since 2004. She grew up in Columbus and graduated from the University of Nebraska, where she also went on to earn her law degree. Robak served as Legal Counsel and Chief of Staff to then-governor and former U.S. Senator Ben Nelson. She was Nelson’s Lieutenant Governor from 1993 to 1999.
Robert Planansky of Lincoln will serve as Vice President during the same term. Planansky has served on the NGA board since 2014, and is a dedicated volunteer rules official. He is a retired attorney who grew up in Hemingford and, like Robak, graduated from both the University of Nebraska and the University of Nebraska College of Law. Over his career, he has worked for the EEOC, the Department of Labor, and was the executive assistant for U.S. Secretary of Labor Ann McLaughlin Korologos. He retired after 18 years as the Vice President for Administration of the Urban Institute. Planansky serves on the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship Committee and is very involved in the Rules of Golf, serving on the Rules Committee at several different national competitions in addition to the U.S. Junior, including the Pac-12 Championship, NCAA DI Regionals and more.
The rest of the slate included three new directors joining the board. Tom Everett of Omaha, Douglas Kristensen of Minden and Judson Martin of Scottsbluff will serve three-year terms beginning in 2020. Everett is a PGA Professional, the first to serve on the NGA board, is the President of Landscapes Unlimited. He leads the company’s management services division and has more than 25 years of professional golf course management experience. Kristensen is the Chancellor of the University of Nebraska-Kearney, a position he has held since 2002. Prior to that, he was a Nebraska State Senator, and at the time he retired from office, was the longest serving Speaker of the Legislature. Kristensen has also served as a volunteer rules official for the NGA for the past several years. Martin is an Ophthalmologist in Scottsbluff at Oregon Trail Eye Center, PC. He is a member of Scotts Bluff Country Club.
Other board members who were elected to new three-year terms were Will Andersen of Dakota City, Bill Ashburn of Lincoln and J.J. Green of Grand Island. The three board members whose terms have ended are Brennan Malm of Scottsbluff, Pete Maschka of Omaha and Steve Samuelson of Waterloo. Find out more about the NGA and its Board of Directors at the button below.
About the NGA
The Nebraska Golf Association, founded in 1966, is comprised of all members of public and private clubs and/or municipal or regional golf associations which utilize an approved handicap service recognized by the USGA and provided by the NGA. Our mission is to uphold and promote the game of golf and its values to all golfers in Nebraska. Among the duties of the Association include governance of member clubs and service as their handicapping and course rating authority, conduct of state golf championships, local USGA qualifying & other notable competitions, promotion of junior golf, presentation of worthwhile educational programs and support of allied golf organizations in Nebraska. The Nebraska Golf Association is an Allied Golf Association of the USGA and carries out core services including Handicap Administration and Oversight, Course Rating, Rules of Golf and Rules of Amateur Status, Tournaments and USGA Championship Qualifiers and USGA Initiatives and Community Programs.