Csipkes Repeats as Nebraska Senior Golfer of the Year
Second Player to Win Multiple Awards
OMAHA (November 27, 2023) - The Nebraska Golf Association is proud to announce the selection of Gretna's Brian Csipkes as the 2023 Nebraska Senior Amateur Golfer of the Year.
Csipkes becomes just the second player to win the award multiple times, after earning the recognition in 2022, his first full year of senior golf. He joins Fremont's John Sajevic, who owns eight awards, as the only multiple winners.
It was another successful year on the senior circuit for Csipkes, who ran away with the points race and added another trophy to his case. In September, he successfully defending his title at the 13th Nebraska Senior Match Play Championship at The Pines Country Club in Valley. Csipkes is just the second player to win back-to-back titles at the championship, joining Mike Krumland of Columbus.
Csipkes did not play either of the last two holes in any of his four matches, cruising to another title. On the way, he defeated the 2018 Champion, Matt Haynes of Bellevue, 6 and 5 in the Semifinals, and then cruised to a 5-and-3 victory over Papillion's Eric Murphy in the Final. His eight-match winning streak is the second longest all-time, behind Krumland's record of 12.
In June, Csipkes was also the defending champion at the 25th Nebraska Senior Amateur at The Players Club in Omaha. Like everyone else, he was chasing the eventual champion, David Ringler of Lincoln, from behind. Csipkes still put together a strong performance in his second appearance, finishing tied for fourth at 143 (+1), with rounds of 72 (+1) and 71 (E).
Another highlight of the year came in August, as Csipkes successfully qualified for the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship for a fifth time. He shot a round of 67 (-5) at Riverside Golf Club in Grand Island to share medalist honors with Omaha's Andy Sajevic. Csipkes went on to shoot rounds of 78 (+7) and 74 (+4) to miss the cut at the U.S. Mid-Amateur.
Csipkes also had a successful year outside of senior golf in the state, finishing tied for 10th at the 25th Nebraska Mid-Amateur Championship at Landmand Golf Club in Homer. He was also one of just two seniors to make the bracket at the 56th Nebraska Match Play Championship at Beatrice Country Club. Csipkes lost in the Round of 32 to Lincoln's David Easley.
Csipkes will be honored at the Nebraska Golf Association's annual awards banquet on Friday, December 1 at Omaha Country Club. In addition, NebGolf will recognize its Amateur Golfer of the Year, Women’s Amateur Golfer of the Year, Girls’ Amateur Golfer of the Year and Junior Amateur Golfer of the Year.
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The Nebraska Golf Association (NebGolf), 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 NebGolf. 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.