Junior Championship Entries Open March 15
Girls' Amateur Expands to 54 Holes
OMAHA (March 8, 2022) – The Nebraska Golf Association’s junior championships are set to open entries on March 15.
One significant change implemented for 2022 is the expansion of the Nebraska Girls' Amateur to 54 holes. Previously, the championship was just 36 holes, but the expansion will qualify the event for World Amateur Golf Ranking points, which are only awarded to stroke play competitions if they are at least 54 holes.
The change will also bring the championship inline with the boys' championship, which has been 54 holes since 1970, and will allow for a combined awards ceremony after the final round. Both championships will feature a cut after the first 36 holes, with the girls' field trimmed to 15 players and ties and the boys' field to 36 and ties for the final round.
Wayne Country Club will be the venue for those championships, the 22nd Nebraska Girls’ Amateur Championship and the 55th Nebraska Junior Amateur Championship, July 6-8. The club has hosted the boys' championship six previous times, most recently in 2010, when Beemer's Richard Schneider won. The girls' championship has been to Wayne just once, also in 2010 when Doniphan's Danielle Lemek won her second of four-straight titles. Lincoln's Nicole Kolbas and Omaha's Connor Steichen will be the defending champions, after each captured their first NGA titles last year.
Platteview Golf Club will host the 60th Nebraska Girls’ Match Play Championship and the 33rd Nebraska Junior Match Play Championship, June 6-9. It will be the first time hosting either championship for the Bellevue club, though it has hosted several other NGA championships. Wahoo's Lauren Thiele is the defending girls' champion, having won her second title last year. She could join a list of five players who have won three titles, the second-most all-time to Lemek's record four trophies. A new boys' champion will be crowned, as last year's winner, Christopher Atkinson of Omaha, is now in college.
For more information on the NGA’s championships, visit the Competitions section 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.