Easley, Wisdom Eyeing Third Title at Nebraska Four-Ball
Round One Conducted Saturday at Fremont Golf Club
FREMONT (September 26, 2020) - Lincoln's David Easley and Omaha's Joel Wisdom are eyeing a third title, after taking the first round lead at the 19th Nebraska Four-Ball Championship at Fremont Golf Club on Saturday.
Easley and Wisdom fired a 64 (-7) to take the lead by one stroke after the opening round. The 2006 and 2012 Champions actually had a rocky start, bogeying two of their first four holes to fall to 1-over. However, they caught fire from there, as Wisdom birdied No. 6 and then Easley made eagle on the par-5 eighth hole. Wisdom rolled in a long birdie putt on No. 9 and just like that, they were 3-under.
Wisdom added another birdie on No. 12, and Easley hit the par-5 13th green in two for a two-putt birdie. They birdied the next par-5 as well, No. 15, and Easley hit his approach shot on No. 18 to a couple feet for a closing birdie and the lead.
Two teams are tied for second at 65 (-6), including last year's runner-up, Brian Csipkes of Gretna and William Amundsen of Bennington. Csipkes and Amundsen had a slow start as well, as they were even-par through the first five holes. Then Csipkes kick-started their round with an eagle-3 on the par-5 15th hole. He made a birdie on the par-3 17th, and they also made the turn in 3-under. They made three more birdies on the front nine, and Amundsen lipped out another birdie putt on No. 9, and they finished one-stroke back.
Scott Tridle and Trent Price of Lincoln matched that round of 65 (-6). Tridle, who previously won two titles with Lincoln's Travis Minzel, also eagled No. 15 to get their round going. He added another birdie on No. 16 and Price knocked in back-to-back birdies on Nos. 18 and 1. Tridle birdied the par-5 eighth hole to get them to 6-under, where they finished.
A large group of teams are tied for fourth at 66 (-5), which includes the 2008 Champions Brad Dubisar and Trent Morrison of Omaha. Omaha's Dan Huston and York's Wally Byrne, Blair's Vance Janssen and Omaha's Zach Osborn, Lincoln's Patrick Tryon and Omaha's Mike Siwa, Omaha's Eric Peel and Lincoln's Garrett Svoboda, and Elkhorn's Danny Woodhead and Omaha's Michael Wilhelm are all also at 5-under after the first round.
Three teams are in at 67 (-4), including Aaron Stockton of Papillion and Jon Deines of Beatrice, Connor Niehaus of Omaha and Johnny Spellerberg of Bennington and Jayson Brueggemann of Lincoln and Joel Brueggemann of Beatrice.
The defending champions Ryan Knispel of Omaha and Ryan Nietfeldt of Elkhorn are in a tie for 13th at 68 (-3), which includes 2018 Champions Alex Farrell and Chris Green of Elkhorn, and Alex Gasper and Garrett Goldsberry of Lincoln.
The final round begins at 9 a.m., with the final group, Easley/Wisdom and Tridle/Price, scheduled to start at 11 a.m. Pairings for the final round are available on the championship website below, along with the scoring page and additional information.
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