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Prairie Club Founder Paul Schock Inducted into South Dakota Golf Hall of Fame


On March 7 at Minnehaha Country Club in Sioux Falls, S.D., Paul Schock was inducted into the South Dakota Golf Association (SDGA) Hall of Fame.

Schock, the founder of The Prairie Club in Valentine, Neb., is one of only four golfers in South Dakota history to win both the Men's Match Play and Men's Amateur Championships in the same season (2002). He was twice honored as the SDGA Male Golfer of the Year - 24 years apart - in 1978 and 2002.

Schock competed in six U.S. Amateurs, one U.S. Mid-Amateur and participated on three USGA Men's Team Championships, representing his home state of South Dakota. He also served on the USGA Mid-Amateur Committee.

In South Dakota amateur team play, Schock has been a member of nine competitions and has 12 wins - the second-most by an amateur in SoDak Cup history.

Schock also developed an acclaimed golf resort in the Sandhills of Nebraska. Since opening in 2010, The Prairie Club has become one of the nation's top golf destinations, ranking as one of the "Top 10 Places for 36 Holes in North America" by Links Magazine in 2013.

For Schock, who has spent the majority of his career as a venture capitalist, The Prairie Club was able to combine his business and golf interests. "Not many people get to chase their dream in the way we have at The Prairie Club.

"It's hard to put into words how blessed I feel to have been able to build something this special. It's truly a labor of love - certainly a lot of labor, but mostly love."