Nebraska Junior Match Play Championship

34th Nebraska Junior Match Play Championship

Wayne Country Club

June 19-22, 2023

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Tucker Finishes off Run for Junior Match Play Title

Lincoln's Owen Tucker completed an incredible run on Thursday at Wayne Country Club to win the 34th Nebraska Junior Match Play Championship. Tucker defeated the 2022 Nebraska Junior Golfer of the Year, Thomas Bryson of Lincoln, in the Final, 2 and 1. Tucker and Bryson are teammates at Lincoln Southeast and both are in the class of 2025. Bryson finished runner-up last year as well, on his way to being recognized as the top junior golfer in the state. After defeating the defending champion, Jackson Benge of Omaha, and the NSAA Class A Champion, Porter Topp of Omaha, yesterday, Tucker set his sights on Bryson in the Final. It was a close match, as neither player led by more than one hole until Tucker closed out the match on No. 17. Visit the Scoring tab for the final bracket, and read the recap and watch the champion interview below.


Entries Open March 1 at 8 a.m. CST


Enter This Championship Online

Entry Deadline: 5pm CDT on Monday, June 12, 2023


Entrant must be a male junior amateur golfer who is a resident of Nebraska and a member of Nebraska Junior Golf. A junior golfer is defined as an amateur golfer who has not yet reached the September 1 following graduation from secondary school.

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

Code of Conduct:

NebGolf 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 NebGolf. 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

Entry fee of $70 must be paid by every player. Entry fee will be refunded regardless of reason if NebGolf is notified (402-505-4653) before the close of entries. After the close of entries, fee will be refunded in the event of injury or illness, if requested no later than June 18. No refund for any reason after June 18. A $25 service charge will be deducted from all refunds.

Closing Date

Entries must be received by NebGolf no later than 5 p.m. C.D.T. on Monday, June 12, 2023. Late applications are not acceptable and will be automatically rejected. (Entries by telephone, e-mail, or FAX not acceptable.) Time limit for entries means time of receipt at NebGolf (not time entry is sent or transmitted to NebGolf). 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 NebGolf will have no liability with respect to any such delay or error and the consequences therefrom, including rejection of the entry.



The championship field will be limited to 111 players. If more than 111 entries are received by the June 12, 2023 deadline, the field will be comprised of players that filed entries by the deadline in these categories:

1. Top 50 in the final 2022 NebGolf Junior Point Standings
2. Top 10 class finishers at the 2023 NSAA High School Golf Championships
3. Two (2) host club selections
4. Remainder of the field determined by order of entry

Entries Received

Practice Rounds
Each player is entitled to one practice round, free-of-charge (walking), the week prior to the championship. Tee times are based on availability, and include the restrictions below, so please call the Wayne CC golf shop at (402) 375-1152 and reserve your time as soon as possible.

Championship Schedule
Monday, June 19 - Stroke Play Qualifying
7 a.m. - Practice Areas Open
7 a.m. - 10 a.m. - Player Registration
8 a.m. - 10 a.m. - Boys’ Starting Times (1 & 10 Tee)
12 p.m. - 3 p.m. - Player Registration
1 p.m. - 3:20 p.m. - Girls’ Starting Times (1 Tee)
1:20 p.m. - 3 p.m. - Boys’ Starting Times (10 Tee)

Tuesday, June 20
7 a.m. - Practice Areas Open
8 - 9:50 a.m. - Round One Match Play (1 & 10 Tee)
1 p.m. - 2:50 p.m. - Round Two Match Play (1 Tee)

Wednesday, June 21
6:30 a.m. - Practice Areas Open
7:30 a.m. - 8 a.m. - Boys Quarterfinals (1 Tee)
8:10 a.m. - 8:20 a.m. - Girls Semifinals (1 Tee)
12:30 p.m. - 12:40 p.m. - Boys Semifinals (1 Tee)
12:50 p.m. - Girls 18-Hole Final (1 Tee)

Thursday, June 22
6:30 a.m. - Practice Areas Open
7:30 a.m. - Boys 18-Hole Final (1 Tee)

A room block has been arranged at the Cobblestone Hotel in Wayne for a rate of $140+tax. Call (402) 833-1300 and reference NE JR Amateur 2023 to book a room, or book directly online here. Rooms must be booked by Friday, June 16.

Terms of Competition
Entry Form Terms of Competition

Player Memorandum
Player Memorandum - Championship

Pace of Play Information
Stroke Play Qualifying Pace of Play Policy
Match Play Pace of Play Policy

Rules Documents
NebGolf 2023 Local Rules and Terms of Competition
Championship Notice to Players - Wayne CC (Draft)

Match Play Guidelines
Differences Between Match Play and Stroke Play

Media Guide
2023 NebGolf Media Guide

Ben Vigil, Manager of Association Services
(402) 505-4653 ext. 105

Wayne Country Club

302 E 21st St
Wayne, NE 68787
Golf Shop Phone - (402) 375-1152
Website -

Head Golf Professional - Kyle Schellpeper

Superintendent - Brian Gibson

Course Yardage

1 4 345
2 5 485
3 3 160 150
4 4 316 278
5 4 343
6 4 335
7 4 360
8 3 184 174
9 5 491
Out 36 3,016
10 4 325
11 4 390 381
12 3 235 198
13 5 538
14 4 405
15 4 382
16 5 537
17 3 190 180
18 4 389
In 36 3,391
Total 72 6,407
2023 Owen Tucker Lincoln Wayne Country Club
2022 Jackson Benge Omaha Platteview Golf Club, Bellevue
2021 Christopher Atkinson Omaha Heritage Hills Golf Course, McCook
2020 Reed Malleck York Oakland Golf Club
2019 Luke Gutschewski Elkhorn Awarii Dunes Golf Club, Axtell
2018 Ryan Rogers Omaha York Country Club
2017 Kellen Rossman Norfolk Wild Horse Golf Club, Gothenburg
2016 Alex Schaake Omaha The Pines Country Club, Valley
2015 Nolan Maschka Omaha Kearney Country Club
2014 Alex Schaake Omaha Heritage Hills Golf Course, McCook
2013 Carson Schaake Omaha The Country Club of Lincoln
2012 Zach Taylor Omaha York Country Club
2011 Alex Totusek Omaha Oakland Golf Club
2010 John Spellerberg Fremont Fremont Golf Club
2009 Andy Sajevic Fremont The Pines Country Club, Valley
2008 Josh Reinertson Gibbon Wild Horse Golf Club, Gothenburg
2007 Colin O'Connor Omaha ArborLinks, Nebraska City
2006 Mike Coatman Lincoln Willow Lakes Golf Course, Bellevue
2005 Mike Coatman Lincoln Wayne Country Club
2004 Joe Kubick Lincoln Heritage Hills Golf Course, McCook
2003 Joe Kubick Lincoln Firethorn Golf Club, Lincoln
2002 Trent Price Lincoln Beatrice Country Club
2001 Brady Bauer Lincoln Yankee Hill Country Club, Lincoln
2000 Brady Schnell Omaha Oak Hills Country Club, Omaha
1999 Chris Hartwig Lincoln Platteview Country Club, Bellevue
1998 Tyler Chapman York York Country Club
1997 Seth Porter Hastings Bay Hills Golf Course, Plattsmouth
1996 David Hersch Lincoln York Country Club
1995 Steve Friesen Lincoln Indian Trails Country Club, Beemer
1994 David Hersch Lincoln Wayne Country Club
1993 Ryan Nietfeldt Grand Island Field Club of Omaha
1992 Kit Grove Lincoln Mahoney Golf Course, Lincoln
1991 Mark Dahir Omaha Platteview Country Club, Bellevue
1990 Chad Lydiatt Kearney Ashland Country Club

Nebraska Junior Match Play Championship Records 1990-2022


Most titles: 2, David Hersch (1994, 1996); Joe Kubick (2003, 2004); Mike Coatman (2005, 2006); Alex Schaake (2014, 2016)

Consecutive titles: 2, Joe Kubick, 2003 to 2004; Mike Coatman, 2005 to 2006

Longest Span, First to Last Victory: 2 years, David Hersch (1994-1996); Alex Schaake (2014-2016)

Longest Span Between Victories: 2 years, David Hersch (1994-1996); Alex Schaake (2014-2016)

Brother Champions: Carson Schaake (2013) and Alex Schaake (2014, 2016)


Most Times Host Site:

York Country Club 4
Heritage Hills Golf Course, McCook 3
Platteview Golf Club, Bellevue 3
Wayne Country Club 3*
The Pines Country Club 2
Wild Horse Golf Club 2

*After hosting in 2023

Match Play

Largest Winning Margin, 36-Hole Match (Final): 11 and 10, Trent Price defeated Lance Morrow, 2002 (Beatrice CC)

Most Consecutive Match Play Victories: 14, Mike Coatman, 2005 to 2007; 10, Joe Kubick, 2003 to 2004


Most Runner-Up Finishes: 

Mark Wright 2*
Eric Krzyzanowski 2*

*Never won

Most Times in Final:

Mike Coatman 3


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