Nebraska Match Play Championship

53rd Nebraska Match Play Championship

Hillcrest Country Club, Lincoln

June 22-26, 2020

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Kluver Comes Back to Win Nebraska Match Play

Norfolk's Luke Kluver came back to win the 53rd Nebraska Match Play Championship at Hillcrest Country Club in Lincoln in the 36-hole Final on Friday. Elkhorn's Ryan Nietfeldt took a 3-up lead after the first 18 holes, but Kluver played the final 14 holes in 6-under par to comeback for the 5-and-4 win. Visit the Scoring tab above for the final bracket, and see the recap below.


Enter This Championship Online

Entry Deadline: 5pm CDT on Monday, June 15, 2020


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

Entry fee of $175 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 June 21. No refund for any reason after June 21. 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, June 15, 2020. 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 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.


The championship field will be limited to 156 players. If more than 156 entries are received by the June 15, 2020 deadline, the field will be comprised of players that filed entries by the deadline in these categories:

1. From the NGA Player Rankings, the top 50 point leaders as of January 1, 2020
2.  From the NGA Point Standings, the top 25 point leaders as of June 15, 2020
3. Those golfers that qualified for match play at the 2019 Nebraska Match Play Championship
4. Special Exemptions selected by the NGA Board of Directors
5. Remainder of the field determined by order of entry

List of Entries

Practice Rounds
To make arrangements for a practice round at a time convenient to Hillcrest Country Club please contact the Pro Shop at (402) 489-8181.  Practice round rate is $50 including cart.

*Availability may be limited due to the high demand for tee times by the membership.  Players are encouraged to coordinate going in groups of 3 or 4 to play a practice round together.  Individuals or groups of 2 will be accepted, but may be asked to pair up with others.

**No practice round availability on Friday, June 19th thru Sunday, June 21st due to the rescheduling of the club's Member/Member.

Championship Schedule
Monday, June 22
6:30 a.m. - Practice Areas Open
6:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. - Player Registration (Morning Wave)
7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. - Round One, Stroke Play Qualifying Starting Times (Morning Wave)
11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. - Player Registration (Afternoon Wave)
12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. - Round One, Stroke Play Qualifying Starting Times (Afternoon Wave)
3:00 p.m. - Practice Areas Closed to Participants

Tuesday, June 23
6:30 a.m. - Practice Areas Open
6:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. - Player Registration (Morning Wave)
7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. - Round Two, Stroke Play Qualifying Starting Times (Morning Wave)
11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. - Player Registration (Afternoon Wave)
12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. - Round Two, Stroke Play Qualifying Starting Times (Afternoon Wave)
3:00 p.m. - Practice Areas Closed to Participants (Practice Areas will be available to those involved in the play-off)
7:00 p.m. (Approx.) - Play-Off, if necessary

Wednesday, June 24
6:00 a.m. - Player Registration & Practice Areas Open
7:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m. - Round of 32 Match Play
1:30 p.m.-2:40 p.m. - Round of 16 Match Play
3:00 p.m. - Practice Areas Closed to Participants

Thursday, June 25
6:00 a.m. - Player Registration & Practice Areas open
7:00 a.m.-7:30 a.m. - Quarterfinals
12:00 p.m.-12:10 p.m. - Semifinals
3:00 p.m. - Practice Areas Closed to Participants

Friday, June 26
6:00 a.m. - Player Registration & Practice Areas open
7:00 a.m.; 11:30 a.m. - 36-Hole Final

Hillcrest Country Club

9401 O Street
Lincoln, NE 68520
Golf Shop Phone - (402) 489-8181
Website -

General Manager - Zach Tyson

Director of Golf - Mike Brown

Superintendent - Brian Hellbusch

Course Yardage

2020Luke KluverNorfolkHillcrest Country Club, Lincoln
2019Caleb BaduraAuroraThe Players Club, Omaha
2018Alex SchaakeOmahaChampions Run, Omaha
2017Jay CottamHebronShadow Ridge Country Club, Omaha
2016Rylee ReinertsonGibbonFirethorn Golf Club, Lincoln
2015Michael ColgateKearneyThe Prairie Club, Valentine
2014Bryce BrownLincolnThe Country Club of Lincoln
2013Andy SajevicFremontElks Country Club, Columbus
2012Kevin StanekBellevuePlatteview Golf Club, Bellevue
2011Kevin StanekBellevueWild Horse Golf Club, Gothenburg
2010John HurleyO'NeillOmaha Country Club
2009John HurleyO'NeillWillow Lakes Golf Course, Bellevue
2008Brandon CrickMcCookArborLinks, Nebraska City
2007John HurleyO'NeillHillcrest Country Club, Lincoln
2006Patrick DuffyOmahaShadow Ridge Country Club, Omaha
2005Jon DeinesBeatriceWild Horse Golf Club, Gothenburg
2004Travis MinzelLincolnNorfolk Country Club
2003Ryan NietfeldtOmahaRiverside Golf Club, Grand Island
2002A.J. ElgertLincolnIndian Creek Golf Course, Elkhorn
2001Pete GodwinOmahaElks Country Club, Columbus
2000Knox JonesLincolnThe Country Club of Lincoln
1999Jason BenderElkhornFirethorn Golf Club, Lincoln
1998Steve FriesenLincolnHillcrest Country Club, Lincoln
1997Judd BrewerLincolnBeatrice Country Club
1996John SajevicFremontHighland Country Club, Omaha
1995Pete GodwinOmahaOmaha Country Club
1994Knox JonesLincolnHappy Hollow Club, Omaha
1993Scott AhlElkhornPlatteview Golf Club, Bellevue
1992David ClouseFriendElks Country Club, Columbus
1991Larry SockLincolnHeritage Hills Golf Course, McCook
1990Larry SockLincolnWillow Lakes Golf Course, Bellevue
1989John SajevicFremontFremont Golf Club
1988Jim SieckmannOmahaThe Country Club of Lincoln
1987Bill SpanglerLincolnLochland Country Club, Hastings
1986David WalkerOmahaOak Hills Country Club, Omaha
1985Bryan HughettLincolnHighland Country Club, Omaha
1984Scott HowerterLincolnHillcrest Country Club, Lincoln
1983Rennie SasseLincolnElks Country Club, Columbus
1982Mike SchuchartLincolnBeatrice Country Club
1981Mike HughettLincolnCapehart Golf Club, Offutt AFB
1980Tom OlsonOmahaHighland Country Club, Omaha
1979Knox JonesLincolnThe Country Club of Lincoln
1978Doug SmithLincolnNorfolk Country Club
1977Larry SockLincolnOmaha Country Club
1976Tom OlsonOmahaHillcrest Country Club, Lincoln
1975Dan BahenskyLincolnCapehart Golf Club, Offutt AFB
1974Tom SieckmannOmahaSkyview Golf Course, Alliance
1973Charles WalterLincolnFremont Golf Club
1972Mike LeyLincolnHighland Country Club, Omaha
1971Bill McNaughtYorkLochland Country Club, Hastings
1970Charlie BornerNorth PlatteThe Country Club of Lincoln
1969Matt TaberLincolnHappy Hollow Club, Omaha
1968Tim BatemanLincolnNorfolk Country Club

Nebraska Match Play Championship Records 1968-2019


Most titles: 3, John Hurley (2007, 2009, 2010); Knox Jones (1979, 1994, 2000); Larry Sock (1977, 1990, 1991)
Other Multiple Champions:
John Sajevic 2
Kevin Stanek 2
Pete Godwin 2
Tom Olson 2

Consecutive titles: 2, Kevin Stanek, 2011 to 2012; John Hurley, 2009 to 2010; Larry Sock, 1990 to 1991

Longest Span, First to Last Victory: 21 years, Knox Jones (1979-2000); 14 years, Larry Sock (1977-1991)

Longest Span Between Victories: 15 years, Knox Jones (1979-1994); 13 years, Larry Sock (1977-1990)

Brother Champions: Tom Sieckmann (1974) and Jim Sieckmann (1988); Mike Hughett (1981) and Bryan Hughett (1985)

Father-Son Champions: John Sajevic, Fremont (1989, 1996) and Andy Sajevic, Fremont (2013)



Oldest winner: 44, Pete Godwin, Omaha, 2001 (Elks CC)

Youngest winner: 19, Tim Bateman, Lincoln, 1968 (Norfolk CC); Tom Sieckmann, Omaha, 1974 (Skyview GC); Knox Jones, Lincoln, 1979 (CC of Lincoln); Caleb Badura, Aurora, 2019 (The Players Club)

Youngest Finalist: 17, Tony Pesavento, Omaha, 1974 (Skyview GC); Josh Reinertson, Gibbon, 2008 (ArborLinks)


Most Times Host Site:

The Country Club of Lincoln 5
Hillcrest Country Club, Lincoln 5*
Elks Country Club, Columbus 4
Highland Country Club, Omaha 4
Willow Lakes/Capehart GC, Bellevue 4
Norfolk Country Club 3
Omaha Country Club 3
Happy Hollow Club, Omaha 2
Lochland Country Club, Hastings 2
Beatrice Country Club 2
Fremont Golf Club 2
Wild Horse Golf Club, Gothenburg 2
Platteview Country Club, Bellevue 2
Firethorn Golf Club, Lincoln 2
Shadow Ridge Country Club, Omaha 2

*After hosting in 2020

Match Play

Largest Winning Margin, 36-Hole Match (Final): 11 and 10, John Hurley defeated Tom Kelley, 2007 (Hillcrest CC)

Longest 36-Hole Final Match: 39 holes, Tom Olson defeated Mike Hughett, 1980 (Highland CC)

Most Consecutive Match Play Victories: 12, John Hurley, 2009-2010; Kevin Stanek, 2011-2012; 10, Larry Sock, 1990-1991


Most Runner-Up Finishes:
Bill Spangler 2
Don Bridge 2*
Knox Jones 2
Mike Hughett 2
Mike Rack 2*
Rob Mullin 2*
Ryan Nietfeldt 2
Tim Marchese 2*
Tom Sieckmann 2
Lance Lawson 2*

*Never won

Most Times in Final:
Knox Jones 5
Larry Sock 4
John Hurley 3
John Sajevic 3
Pete Godwin 3
Tom Olson 3
Bill Spangler 3
Mike Hughett 3
Ryan Nietfeldt 3
Tom Sieckmann 3


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