Nebraska Amateur Championship

112th Nebraska Amateur Championship

Happy Hollow Club, Omaha

July 27-30, 2020

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Happy Hollow to Host Record 16th Nebraska Amateur

Omaha's Happy Hollow Club will host the 112th Nebraska Amateur Championship on July 27-30. That week will mark the 16th time the club has hosted Nebraska's most storied championship, tying Omaha Country Club for the most all-time. The first three Nebraska Amateurs the club hosted at it's original site, now Brownell-Talbot School, but starting with the 1927 Championship the rest have been conducted at the current location. The club last hosted in 2010 when Fremont's Andy Sajevic won his second of three titles. Entries open March 2. Visit the tabs above for more information.

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Entry Deadline: 5pm CDT on Monday, July 20, 2020

Eligibility

Entries are open to amateur golfers with an active Handicap Index® based on ratings for men not exceeding 8.0 under the World Handicap System™ issued by a “member club” of the Nebraska Golf Association and a resident of Nebraska (see NGA residency below).

NGA Residency: An individual is considered to be a resident of Nebraska if they: a) maintain either a primary or a secondary residence in Nebraska, or b) are an active duty member of the United States Military stationed in Nebraska, or c) are a student physically attending college in Nebraska within a time period four-months prior to the event, or d) are a graduate of a Nebraska high school attending an out-of-state college. If these criteria are in question, the NGA Tournament Committee shall render any final decision.

Amateur Status: All players must conform with the Rules of Amateur Status as approved by the USGA.

Code of Conduct:

The NGA may reject an entry application, revoke an accepted application, expel from the Championship and/or suspend a player from future championships if the player engages in conduct detrimental to the integrity and image of the game of golf and/or public confidence in the NGA. Such conduct may include, but is not limited to, damage to the golf course or the player's equipment, verbal or physical abuse of spectators, officials, volunteers, or staff, blatant or excessive profanity, disorderly behavior, failure to abide by club rules, or any other unbecoming conduct.

Entry Fee

156 players eligible, comprised of both exempt players that file an entry and non-exempt players based on order of entry.  All players, including those exempt, must file an entry application. Entry fee of $200 must be paid by every player. Entry fee will be refunded regardless of reason if the NGA is notified (402-505-4653) before the close of entries. After the close of entries, fee will be refunded in the event of a medical condition, if requested no later than July 26. No refund for any reason after July 26. A $30 service charge will be deducted from all refunds.

Closing Date

Entries must be received by NGA no later than 5 p.m. C.D.T. on Monday, July 20, 2020. Late applications are not acceptable and will be automatically rejected. (Entries by telephone, mail, e-mail, or FAX not acceptable.) Time limit for entries means time of receipt at NGA (not time entry is sent or transmitted to NGA). Entries should be submitted early to allow ample time for delay or error in transmission. The risk of delay or error in transmission lies solely with the entrant and the NGA will have no liability with respect to any such delay or error and the consequences therefrom, including rejection of the entry.

Players

EXEMPTIONS
Players in the following categories will be eligible for exemption in the 2020 Championship only. The NGA reserves the right to revise any of the exemption categories. Exempt players who wish to participate in the Championship must file an entry no later than 5 p.m. C.D.T. on Monday, July 20, 2020.

Exempt Player List

NEBRASKA GOLF ASSOCIATION
A. Winners of the Nebraska Amateur Championship for the last 10 years (2010-2019)
B. Winners of the Nebraska Match Play Championship for the last 10 years (2011-2020)
C. Winners of the Nebraska Mid-Amateur Championship for the last 5 years (2015-2019)
D. Winner of the Nebraska Junior Amateur Championship for the last 5 years (2016-2020)
E. Winner of the Nebraska Junior Match Play Championship for the last 5 years (2016-2020)
F. Winners of the Nebraska Four-Ball Championship for the last 3 years (2018-2020)
G. Winners of the Nebraska Senior Amateur Championship for the last 3 years (2018-2020)
H. Winners of the Nebraska Senior Match Play Championship for the last 3 years (2017-2019)
I. Low Amateur at the Nebraska Open for the last 3 years (2017-2019)
J. From the 2019 Nebraska Amateur Championship, the lowest 35 scorers and anyone tying for 35th place
K. Round of 32 participants from the 2020 Nebraska Match Play Championship
L. From the 2019 Nebraska Mid-Amateur Championship, the lowest 10 scorers and anyone tying for 10th place
M. From the 2020 Nebraska Junior Amateur Championship, the lowest 5 scorers and anyone tying for 5th place
N. From the 2020 Nebraska Senior Amateur Championship, the lowest 5 scorers and anyone tying for 5th place
O. Semifinalists from the 2020 Nebraska Junior Match Play Championship
P. From the NGA PLAYER RANKINGS, the top 50 point leaders as of January 1, 2020
Q. From the NGA POINT STANDINGS, the top 25 point leaders as of July 20, 2020
R. Playing members of the Nebraska Cup Team for the last 3 years (2018-2020)
S. Playing members of the Nebraska Directors Cup Team for the last 2 years (2017-2019)
T. Playing members of the 2019 Nebraska Junior Cup Team
U. Nebraska Amateur Golfer of the Year Award recipients for the last 10 years (2010-2019)
V. Nebraska Senior Amateur Golfer of the Year Award recipients for the last 2 years (2018-2019)
W. Nebraska Junior Amateur Golfer of the Year Award recipients for the last 3 years (2017-2019)
X. 2019 NGA Boy’s Junior All-Star Team Members
Y. 2019 NGA Fall Junior Series All-Star Team Members
Z. Host Course Exemptions (2)
AA. Special Exemptions selected by the NGA Board of Directors (2020)

UNITED STATES GOLF ASSOCIATION
BB. Qualifiers for a U.S. Open Championship Sectional for the last 5 years (2016-2020)
CC. Qualifiers for the U.S. Senior Open for the last 5 years (2016-2020)
DD. Qualifiers for the U.S. Amateur Championship for the last 5 years (2015-2019)
EE. Qualifiers for the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship for the last 3 years (2017-2019)
FF. Qualifiers for the U. S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship for the last 3 years (2018-2020)
GG. Qualifiers for the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship for the last 3 years (2018-2020)
HH. Qualifiers for the U.S. Senior Amateur Championship for the last 2 years (2018-2019)

The following players have filed entries:

Practice Rounds
To make arrangements for a practice round players must contact Happy Hollow Club at
(402) 391-0239. The practice round rates are $55 (plus tax) if walking, $70 including cart (plus tax), and $115 (plus tax) for guests.

Practice rounds will be available beginning July 7th at a time convenient to the club.

*Practice rounds on Sunday, July 26th will be limited to participants traveling in that reside outside of the greater Lincoln and Omaha metro areas.

Championship Schedule
Monday, July 27
6:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. - Registration
6:30 a.m. - Practice Areas Open
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. - Round One, 18-Holes, Wave One
11:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Registration
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Round One, 18-Holes, Wave Two
3:00 p.m. - Practice Range Closes

Tuesday, July 28
6:30 a.m. - Practice Areas Open
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. - Round Two, 18-Holes, Wave One
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Round Two, 18-Holes, Wave Two
3:00 p.m. - Practice Range Closes

Wednesday, July 29
6:00 a.m. - Practice Areas Open
7:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Round Three, 18-Holes
3:00 p.m. - Practice Range Closes

Thursday, July 30
6:00 a.m. - Practice Areas Open
7:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Round Four, 18-Holes
Following Competition - Awards Reception

Exemptions
Exempt Player List

COVID-19 Championship Guidelines
NGA Guidelines

Terms of Competition
Entry Form Terms of Competition

Player Memorandum
Player Memorandum - Championship

Pace of Play Information
Championship Pace of Play Policy - Happy Hollow Club

Rules Documents
NGA 2020 Local Rules and Terms of Competition
Championship Notice to Players - Happy Hollow Club (Draft)

Media Guide
Nebraska Amateur Championship Media Guide

Happy Hollow Club

1701 South 105th Street
Omaha, NE 68124
Golf Shop Phone - (402) 391-0239
Website - happyhollowclub.com

General Manager - Dave Schneider

Director of Golf - Mike Antonio

Superintendent - Scott Axon

Course Yardage

The club's traditional front nine/back nine routing will be reversed for the championship (i.e. the club's 10th hole will be the championship's 1st hole)

HOLEPARYARDAGEALTERNATE YARDAGES
14390
24416
35551
44406
54400
63181154
75549
83165149
94445414
Out363,503
HOLEPARYARDAGEALTERNATE YARDAGES
104420
114446386
123172150
134430
145474
154388
164333298
173230199
184425
In353,318
Total716,821
YearChampionHometownScore/ResultSite
2020---Happy Hollow Club, Omaha
2019Alex SchaakeOmaha280 (-8)The Country Club of Lincoln
2018Alex SchaakeOmaha271 (-13)Fremont Golf Club
2017Alex Schaake Omaha270 (-18)Beatrice Country Club
2016Alex Schaake Omaha280 (E)Omaha Country Club
2015Rylee Reinertson Gibbon286 (-2)Indian Creek Golf Course, Elkhorn (Black-Gray)
2014David ClouseFriend275 (-13)Norfolk Country Club
2013Andy Sajevic Fremont286 (-2)ArborLinks, Nebraska City
2012Greg SohlWahoo280 (-8)Scotts Bluff Country Club, Scottsbluff
2011Andy Sajevic Fremont290 (+2)Shadow Ridge Country Club, Omaha
2010Andy SajevicFremont282 (-2)Happy Hollow Club, Omaha
2009Brandon CrickMcCook271 (-17)Ironwood Golf & Country Club, Omaha
2008Jayson Brueggemann Lincoln284 (-4)The Country Club of Lincoln
2007Brandon CrickMcCook287 (+3)Firethorn Golf Club, Lincoln
2006Brady SchnellLincoln276 (-12)Indian Creek Golf Course, Elkhorn (Black-Red)
2005Keth MaloneLincoln293 (+9)Omaha Country Club
2004A. J. ElgertLincoln280 (-4)Fremont Golf Club
2003A. J. ElgertLincoln286 (-2)Beatrice Country Club
2002Ryan NietfeldtOmaha288 (E)Wild Horse Golf Club, Gothenburg
2001Knox JonesLincoln286 (-2)Shadow Ridge Country Club, Omaha
2000Ed PersonOmaha295 (+7)Ironwood Golf & Country Club, Omaha
1999David ClouseFriend284 (E)Woodland Hills Golf Course, Eagle
1998Steve FriesenLincoln267 (-21)Lochland Country Club, Hastings
1997Tom OlsonOmaha283 (-1)Fremont Golf Club
1996Ryan VermeerOmaha293 (+5)The Country Club of Lincoln
1995Jay MullerOmaha284 (-4)Norfolk Country Club
1994Dale WilliamsonChadron280 (-8)Scotts Bluff Country Club, Scottsbluff
1993Larry SockLincoln214 (+1)Firethorn Golf Club, Lincoln
1992Craig PoetLincoln286 (-2)Riverside Golf Club, Grand Island
1991David PfaltzgraffOmaha293 (+9)Omaha Country Club
1990Mike RackLincoln280 (-4)Oak Hills Country Club, Omaha
1989John SajevicFremont284 (-4)Lochland Country Club, Hastings
1988Larry SockLincoln292 (+4)Norfolk Country Club
1987Mike RackLincoln284 (-4)Hillcrest Country Club, Lincoln
1986Frank RoseOmaha287 (-1)Highland Country Club, Omaha
1985Larry SockLincoln284 (E)Fremont Golf Club
1984Mark ManessLincoln281 (-7)The Country Club of Lincoln
1983Bill HendersonScottsbluff280 (-8)Riverside Golf Club, Grand Island
1982Mark ManessLincoln292 (+4)Happy Hollow Club, Omaha
1981Dave MaurstadBeatrice283 (-5)Scotts Bluff Country Club, Scottsbluff
1980Steve StattonLincoln284 (-4)Lochland Country Club, Hastings
1979Don NeedhamOffutt AFB281 (-3)Omaha Country Club
1978Mike KleinScottsbluff276 (-12)Norfolk Country Club
1977Mike HughettLincoln286 (-2)Hillcrest Country Club, Lincoln
1976Tom SieckmannOmaha290 (+2)Capehart Golf Club, Offutt AFB
1975Mike KleinScottsbluff271 (-17)Skyview Golf Course, Alliance
1974Tom SieckmannOmaha284 (E)Fremont Golf Club
1973Charlie BornerLincoln292 (+4)Highland Country Club, Omaha
1972Dan BahenskySt. Paul288 (E)Lochland Country Club, Hastings
1971Jim ShadeNorfolk285 (-3)The Country Club of Lincoln
1970Charlie BornerNorth Platte290 (+2)Happy Hollow Club, Omaha
1969Frank RoseFairbury282 (-6)Norfolk Country Club
1968Charlie BornerLincoln287 (-1)Hillcrest Country Club, Lincoln
1967Bob AstlefordOmaha291 (+7)Omaha Country Club
1966Bob AstlefordOmaha289 (+1)Lochland Country Club, Hastings
1965Bob AstlefordOmaha293 (+5)The Country Club of Lincoln
1964Bob AstlefordOmaha280 (E)Beatrice Country Club
1963Bob AstlefordOmaha278 (-10)Skyview Golf Course, Alliance
1962Bob AstlefordOmaha281 (-7)Highland Country Club, Omaha
1961K.K. ComptonOmaha280 (E)Beatrice Country Club
1960Dean Wilson, Jr.Omaha272 (+4)The Field Club of Omaha
1959Bob AstlefordOmaha302 (+18)Omaha Country Club
1958Dick Spangler, Jr.Lincoln290 (+2)Hillcrest Country Club, Lincoln
1957Dick Spangler, Jr.Lincoln303 (+19)Happy Hollow Club, Omaha
1956*Bill MowbrayLincoln287 (-1)The Country Club of Lincoln
1955Bob AstlefordOmaha7 & 6Highland Country Club, Omaha
1954Bob FraserOmaha6 & 5Happy Hollow Club, Omaha
1953Whitie ReedLincoln1 upHillcrest Country Club, Lincoln
1952Dick Spangler, Jr.Lincoln1 upOmaha Country Club
1951Byron AdamsLincoln38 holesThe Country Club of Lincoln
1950Dick KnightOmaha5 & 4Kearney Country Club
1949Don SpomerLincoln2 & 1Hillcrest Country Club, Lincoln
1948Rod Bliss, Jr.Omaha3 & 2Happy Hollow Club, Omaha
1947Jim EnglishOmaha4 & 3Hillcrest Country Club, Lincoln
1946Bob FraserOmaha8 & 7Happy Hollow Club, Omaha
1945No Tournament--
1944No Tournament--
1943No Tournament--
1942No Tournament--
1941Bob FraserOmaha2 & 1The Country Club of Lincoln
1940Rod Bliss, Jr.Omaha8 & 6Happy Hollow Club, Omaha
1939Elmer McKinneyKearney5 & 4Beatrice Country Club
1938Matt ZadalisOmaha1 upThe Field Club of Omaha
1937Rod Bliss, Jr.Omaha3 & 2Happy Hollow Club, Omaha
1936H.R. WilsonLincoln3 & 2The Country Club of Lincoln
1935Rod Bliss, Jr.Omaha1 upHappy Hollow Club, Omaha
1934Jack HoernerHastings5 & 4The Field Club of Omaha
1933Rod Bliss, Jr.Omaha7 & 5The Field Club of Omaha
1932Rod Bliss, Jr.Omaha10 & 8The Field Club of Omaha
1931Johnny GoodmanOmaha37 holesHappy Hollow Club, Omaha
1930Johnny GoodmanOmaha9 & 8Omaha Country Club
1929Johnny GoodmanOmaha4 & 3The Country Club of Lincoln
1928Jack PollardOmaha1 upThe Field Club of Omaha
1927F.W. PorterOmaha5 & 4Happy Hollow Club, Omaha
1926Sam ReynoldsOmaha8 & 7The Field Club of Omaha
1925E.M. SlatteryOmaha4 & 2Lakoma Country Club
1924John RedickOmaha1 upThe Country Club of Lincoln
1923Sam ReynoldsOmaha7 & 6Omaha Country Club
1922Sam ReynoldsOmaha4 & 3The Field Club of Omaha
1921Blaine YoungOmaha1 upHappy Hollow Club, Omaha
1920Ralph PetersOmaha37 holesOmaha Country Club
1919Sam ReynoldsOmaha4 & 2The Field Club of Omaha
1918Kenneth ReedOmaha4 & 2Happy Hollow Club, Omaha
1917Guy BeckettOmaha4 & 3Omaha Country Club
1916Sam ReynoldsOmaha5 & 4The Field Club of Omaha
1915John RedickOmaha1 upOmaha Country Club
1914Sam ReynoldsOmaha4 & 2Happy Hollow Club, Omaha
1913J.W. HughesOmaha2 & 1The Field Club of Omaha
1912Sam ReynoldsOmaha8 & 7Omaha Country Club
1911F.H. GainesOmaha10 & 9The Field Club of Omaha
1910W.J. FoyeOmaha5 & 4Omaha Country Club
1909F.H. GainesOmaha5 & 4The Field Club of Omaha
1908Blaine YoungOmaha4 & 3Omaha Country Club
1907H.C. SumneyOmaha5 & 4The Field Club of Omaha
1906Sprague AbbottOmaha4 & 3Omaha Country Club
1905E.P. BoyerOmaha6 & 5The Field Club of Omaha
* Championship format changed from Match Play to Stroke Play

Championships

Most titles: 8, Bob Astleford, Omaha (1955, 1959, 1962-1967)
Other Multiple Champions:
Sam Reynolds 7
Rod Bliss, Jr. 6
Alex Schaake 4
Andy Sajevic 3
Bob Fraser 3
Charlie Borner 3
Dick Spangler, Jr. 3
Johnny Goodman 3
Larry Sock 3
A.J. Elgert 2
Blaine Young 2
Brandon Crick 2
David Clouse 2
F.H. Gaines 2
Frank Rose 2
John Redick 2
Mark Maness 2
Mike Klein 2
Mike Rack 2
Tom Sieckmann 2

Consecutive titles: 6, Bob Astleford, Omaha (1962 to 1967)

Longest Span, First to Last Victory: 17 years, Frank Rose, Fairbury (1969-1986)

Longest Span Between Victories: 17 years, Frank Rose, Fairbury (1969-1986)

Father-Son Champions: John Sajevic, Fremont (1989) and Andy Sajevic, Fremont (2010, 2011, 2013)

Junior Champions: Ryan Vermeer, Omaha (1996); Alex Schaake, Omaha (2016)

Age

Oldest winner: 54 years, 3 months, 8 days, David Clouse, Friend, 2014 (Norfolk CC)

Youngest winner: 18 years, 6 months, 8 days, Ryan Vermeer, Omaha, 1996 (CC of Lincoln)

Course

Most Times Host Site:

Omaha Country Club 16
Happy Hollow Club, Omaha 16*
The Field Club of Omaha 15

*After hosting in 2020

Scores

Low Score, 72 Holes: 267 (21-under), Steve Friesen, Lincoln, 1998 (Lochland CC)

Most Strokes Under Par, 72 Holes: 21-under (267), Steve Friesen, Lincoln, 1998 (Lochland CC)

Lowest Score, First 36 Holes: 11-under (133), Steve Friesen, Lincoln, 1998 (Lochland CC)

Lowest Score, Last 36 Holes: 12-under (132), Alex Schaake, Omaha, 2017 (Beatrice CC)

Lowest Score, Any Round: 64 (8-under), Knox Jones, Lincoln, 1977 (Hillcrest CC); 64 (3-under), Warren Hotz, Omaha, 1960 (Field Club of Omaha); Bob Astleford, Omaha, 1960 (Field Club of Omaha)

Most Strokes Under Par, Any Round: 8-under (64), Knox Jones, Lincoln, 1977 (Hillcrest CC)

Lowest Score, First Round: 65 (7-under), Steve Friesen, Lincoln, 1998 (Lochland CC); Brandon Crick, McCook, 2006 (Indian Creek GC); Jace Guthmiller, Lincoln, 2019 (CC of Lincoln)

Lowest Score, Second Round: 64 (8-under), Knox Jones, Lincoln, 1977 (Hillcrest CC)

Lowest Score, Third Round: 64 (3-under), Warren Hotz, Omaha, 1960 (Field Club of Omaha); 65 (7-under), Rennie Sasse, Lincoln, 1975 (SkyView GC); 65 (6-under), A.J. Elgert, Lincoln, 2004 (Fremont GC)

Lowest Score, Final Round: 64 (3-under), Bob Astleford, Omaha, 1960 (Field Club of Omaha); 65 (7-under), Alex Schaake, Omaha, 2017 (Beatrice CC); 66 (6-under), Bob Astleford, Omaha, 1962 (Highland CC); David Clouse, Friend, 2014 (Norfolk CC)

Largest Winning Margin: 13, Steve Friesen, Lincoln, 1998 (Lochland CC)

Largest Comeback, Final Round: 7, Bob Astleford, Omaha, 1965 (CC of Lincoln)

Highest Winning Score: 303 (19-over), Dick Spangler, Lincoln, 1957 (Happy Hollow Club)

Most Players Under Par, 72 holes: 11, 1998 (Lochland CC)

All Four Rounds in 60s: Dean Wilson Jr., Omaha, 1960 (Field Club, Par 67); Mike Klein, Scottsbluff, 1975 (Skyview GC, Par 72); Steve Friesen, Lincoln, 1998 (Lochland CC, Par 72); Brandon Crick, McCook, 2009 (Ironwood G & CC, Par 72)

Miscellaneous

Most Runner-Up Finishes: 
Bill Spangler 4*
Dick Spangler Jr. 4
John Sajevic 4
Knox Jones 4
Sam Reynolds 4

*Never won

Most Top-5 Finishes (Since Stroke Play began in 1956)

Bob Astleford 15
John Sajevic 13
Larry Sock 11

Most Top-10 Finishes (Since Stroke Play began in 1956)

John Sajevic 23
Larry Sock 20

Most Top-25 Finishes (Since Stroke Play began in 1956)

John Sajevic 33
Larry Sock 20

Most 36-hole Cuts Made (Since Stroke Play began in 1956)

Larry Sock 34
John Sajevic 34
Tom Olson 30
Pete Godwin 22
Bob Astleford 21
Knox Jones 19
John Tomasiewicz 19*
Dave Maurstad 18
David Clouse 17
Mike Ley 17*
Dean Wilson Jr. 17
Bill Spangler 17*
Jayson Brueggemann 17
Jeff Epstein 16*
Craig Moyer 16*
Frank Rose 16
Dick Spangler Jr. 16

*Never won

Most Consecutive Years Making the 36-hole Cut (Since Stroke Play began in 1956)

Larry Sock 20
John Sajevic 20*

*Streak still active

Number of Playoffs: 11 in 111 Championships

 

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