Heavyweight Field Gearing up for Nebraska Mid-Amateur
Championship Begins Saturday at Awarii Dunes Golf Club
AXTELL (August 26, 2020) - A heavyweight field is ready for the 22nd Nebraska Mid-Amateur Championship this weekend at Awarii Dunes Golf Club in Axtell.
This will be the first time Awarii Dunes has hosted in the 22 years of the championship’s history. The field of 84 players includes four past champions.
Elkhorn’s Ryan Nietfeldt is looking to add to his total and bring home his fourth Nebraska Mid-Amateur trophy, which would break a tie with two others for the most all-time. Nietfeldt is the defending champion, winning his third title last year at Fremont Golf Club, to join Lincoln's Travis Minzel and Omaha's Patrick Duffy in the record books.
Duffy brought home back-to-back titles in 2016 and 2017, adding to his 2012 triumph. Minzel followed in 2018 to claim his third, after winning back-to-back in 2010 and 2011. Nietfeldt made it three-straight three-time winners last year. Since 2010, Nietfeldt has finished in the Top 10 nine times, including six Top 3 finishes.
Trent Morrison of Omaha will also compete this year. He took home the title in 2014 at Beatrice Country Club, where he won by a stroke over Nietfeldt.
Another player with a great record at the Nebraska Mid-Amateur is Omaha's Andy Sajevic, who just won his fourth Nebraska Amateur title in July. Sajevic finished runner-up to Nietfeldt last year, by one stroke, his fourth runner-up finish in five years at the Mid-Amateur. Sajevic is paired with Minzel and another top mid-amateur player, Jay Moore of Lincoln at 9:12 a.m. off No. 1.
Table Rock’s Calvin Freeman continues his first year back in the ranks of amateur golf this year in pursuit of his first NGA title. His strong summer this year included a semifinal appearance in the Nebraska Match Play Championship, and a runner-up finish in the Nebraska Amateur Championship. Freeman also currently leads the NGA Point Standings, in the race for the 2020 Nebraska Amateur Golfer of the Year award. Freeman will play with Nietfeldt and Morrison in the first round, with the group scheduled to start at 8:36 a.m. off No. 1.
The 36-hole stroke play championship begins at 8 a.m. with a starting times off both No. 1 and 10 on Saturday for Round One. The Final Round will begin at 8 a.m. on Sunday with starting times off both sides once again.
Pairings for the first round are available on the championship website below, along with the scoring page and additional information.
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.