Kluver/Lierz and Wilhelm/Woodhead Qualify for U.S. Amateur Four-Ball
LINCOLN (October 5, 2020) – It was a difficult day for scoring, but two sides battled it out to advance to the 2021 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball after qualifying at Firethorn Golf Club in Lincoln today.
Norfolk's Luke Kluver and his Kansas University teammate Hank Lierz of St. Joseph, Missouri earned medalist honors with a round of 68 (-3). Lierz hit his approach shot to about three feet on No. 18, and rolled in the birdie to secure the spot. Kluver, the 2020 Nebraska Match Play Champion, and Lierz will play in the 2021 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship at Chambers Bay in University Place, Washington, May 22-26.
Three sides tied at 69 (-2) for the second qualifying spot, and a playoff ensued at No. 16. Elkhorn's Danny Woodhead and Omaha's Michael Wilhelm captured the spot on the first playoff hole. Wilhelm made the only birdie of the six players, securing the spot for his team. Woodhead, a former NFL running back for the Jets, Patriots and Chargers, and Wilhelm will join Kluver and Lierz at Chambers Bay.
Andrew Sajevic of Omaha and John Sajevic of Fremont won the battle for first alternate on the second playoff hole. The Sajevics qualified for the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball this year, but the championship was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They also played in the 2019 Championship in the Pacific Northwest at Bandon Dunes in Oregon, and made it to the Round of 32.
Husker golfers Jack Lundin of Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Gentry Scheve of Emporia, Kansas also shot 69 (-2). Lundin and Scheve made par on the first playoff hole with the Sajevics, but bogeyed the second playoff hole to fall to second alternate.
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