Nebraska Charges into Lead at Director's Cup
MULLEN (September 8, 2021) – The 11th Director’s Cup Matches kicked off at Dismal River Club in Mullen on Wednesday, and Nebraska charged into the lead after the first day.
The biennial event pits top amateur golfers from Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa and Missouri in a team Match Play format. Four-Ball and Foursomes matches were conducted on Wednesday on the White Course at Dismal River Club, and Nebraska leads with 12 points. Iowa sits in second with 9.5 points, Kansas is third at 7.5 and Missouri is fourth with 7 points.
Iowa took the lead after the opening Four-Ball session, garnering 5.5 points to Nebraska's 5. Omaha's Andy Sajevic and Bennington's Johnny Spellerberg teamed up to win their match, earning 2.5 of a possible 3 points in the Nassau scoring format, to defeat Missouri's Brad Nurski and Curtis Brokenbrow.
Bennington's William Amundsen and Lincoln's Scott Tridle also picked up some points, tying all three portions of their match to earn 1.5 points against Iowa's Ethan Mechling and J.D. Anderson. Elkhorn's Ryan Nietfeldt and Lincoln's Jay Moore were able to grab a point in their match against Pete Krsnich and Kit Grove of Kansas.
In the afternoon Foursomes session, it was all Nebraska, with all three pairs picking up wins for a total of 7 points to take the lead. Spellerberg and Nietfeldt started the run in the first match off, jumping out to a 5-up lead with a front nine 31 (-5) in the alternate shot format. They eventually picked up 2 points to win the match.
Moore and Amundsen teamed up to nearly sweep their match, taking 2.5 points from Missouri's Ryan Eckelkamp and Brevin Giebler. Sajevic and Tridle then came up clutch in their match against Alex Springer and Matt Lazzo of Kansas. The duo won the final two holes with birdies to secure another 2.5 points and the lead for Nebraska.
The chase for the cup concludes on Thursday with Singles matches beginning at 7:30 a.m. MDT.
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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.