NebGolf Announces 2023 Championship Schedule
Entries open March 1 on nebgolf.org
OMAHA (February 1, 2023) – Entries open for the Nebraska Golf Association’s championships on March 1, and the schedule is full of opportunities for golfers of all ages to compete at some of the top courses across the state.
NebGolf's oldest championship will return to the Panhandle, with Scotts Bluff Country Club hosting for the fourth time. The 115th Nebraska Amateur Championship is scheduled for July 20-23 at the club, which last hosted in 2012. Wahoo's Greg Sohl won that year, while Chadron's Dale Williamson won in 1994 at SBCC, and Beatrice's Dave Maurstad did the same in 1981. Maurstad's win featured the longest playoff in championship history, as he triumphed in 10 holes over Grand Island's Steve Mack.
The Nebraska Amateur has travelled to the Panhandle five previous times, with Skyview Golf Course in Alliance hosting the 1963 and 1975 championships. Scotts Bluff Country Club most recently hosted the 2020 Nebraska Junior Amateur and Nebraska Girls' Amateur.
The 49th Nebraska Women's Amateur Championship will be conducted at a familiar site, Fremont Golf Club, July 31-August 2. Though the club has hosted numerous championships, it will be just its second time hosting the Nebraska Women's Amateur. Omaha's Susan Marchese won her sixth of a record 11 titles at Fremont Golf Club in 1990. Elkhorn's Megan Whittaker is the defending champion, after sweeping both women's titles in 2022.
It will be a special celebration, June 5-7, at Happy Hollow Club in Omaha for the 100th Nebraska Women's Match Play Championship. The second-oldest championship in Nebraska returns to the historic site that hosted the 2nd edition in 1917, won by Omaha's Gertrude Stewart. It will be a record 12th time hosting the championship for Happy Hollow, although the club has not hosted since 1990. Marchese also won that title to sweep the women's championships of that summer. More information on the celebration will be announced later this spring.
The 56th Nebraska Match Play Championship is headed to one of the best championship venues in the state, Beatrice Country Club. The club recently went through a bunker renovation and is a popular championship site, hosting the Nebraska Amateur in 2017 and several others since then. The Nebraska Match Play has visited Beatrice twice before, including the 1997 edition, won by Lincoln's Judd Brewer. Former PGA Tour professional Mike Schuchart of Lincoln won the 1982 title there, while he was at the University of Nebraska.
A new venue will host the 22nd Nebraska Four-Ball Championship, Tatanka Golf Club in Niobrara. It'll be just the third time in nine years the championship has moved away from The Players Club in Omaha, with the other two times due to weather and then the COVID19 pandemic. This year's championship is also set for a later date, May 6-7, in hopes for better weather than previous years. The field filled in four minutes last year, and has filled on the first day of entries each of the last six years.
The 25th Nebraska Mid-Amateur Championship will return to the much-heralded Landmand Golf Club. The new club in Homer opened shortly before last year's championship, and was incredibly well-received. Bennington's Johnny Spellerberg put on a show to win the title in record fashion, and will be looking to become the first to win three-straight titles.
The Nebraska Women's Mid-Amateur enters its third year, and the championship moves to Platteview Golf Club in Bellevue, September 23-24. In addition, the Nebraska Senior Women's Amateur Championship, formerly run by the Nebraska Women's Amateur Golf Association, will be run simultaneously at Platteview. Women 25-years-and-older are eligible to compete in the Mid-Amateur competition, while women 50-years-and-older are eligible for the Senior competition. In addition to the championship competition, the field will be flighted after the first round.
NebGolf's senior championships are also set, with the 25th Nebraska Senior Amateur Championship at The Players Club in Omaha, June 13-14. The 13th Nebraska Senior Match Play Championship makes a return to the site of the first three editions, The Pines Country Club in Valley, September 26-28.
The 2023 schedule also features championships for junior golfers. The 61st Nebraska Girls’ Match Play Championship and the 34th Nebraska Junior Match Play Championship will be conducted at Wayne Country Club, June 19-22. Lochland Country Club in Hastings will be the venue for both the 23rd Nebraska Girls’ Amateur Championship and the 56th Nebraska Junior Amateur Championship, July 10-12.
Entries for all championships will officially open at 8 a.m. on March 1 for these championships. Introduced in 2021, there will once again be a separate entry deadline for exempt players of the men's championships. Exempt players will need to enter at least one week prior to the championship deadline to guarantee their exempt status. If they enter after that deadline, their spot in the field will only be determined by order of entry.
For more information on the NGA’s championships, visit the Competitions section below.
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.