Nebraska Match Play Championship

54th Nebraska Match Play Championship

Wild Horse Golf Club, Gothenburg

June 15-19, 2021

Vontz Secures First Nebraska Match Play Title

Lincoln's Nate Vontz was the star of the show at Wild Horse Golf Club in Gothenburg this week, and secured his first Nebraska Golf Association title by winning the 54th Nebraska Match Play Championship Final, 1 up over Omaha's Andy Sajevic. Vontz, a Creighton Bluejay golfer, was the No. 1 seed after an incredible 131 (-13) total in Stroke Play Qualifying. He faced some battles in match play, but superb ball striking and some clutch putts lifted him to wins in all five of his matches. It's his first NGA title and he defeated the 2013 Nebraska Match Play Champion in Sajevic, who holes eight total NGA titles. Visit Scoring tab above for the final bracket.


Enter This Championship Online

Entry Deadline: 5pm CDT on Tuesday, June 8, 2021


Entries are open to amateur golfers with an active Handicap Index® based on ratings for men not exceeding 6.0 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 14. No refund for any reason after June 14. A $30 service charge will be deducted from all refunds.

Closing Date



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 8, 2021 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, 2021
2.  From the NGA Point Standings, the top 25 point leaders as of June 1, 2021
3. Those golfers that qualified for match play at the 2020 Nebraska Match Play Championship
4. Special Exemptions selected by the NGA Board of Directors
5. Remainder of the field determined by order of entry

*Entry applications received by exempt players following the June 1, 2021 deadline will be processed under category 5 above.

2021 Exemptions

List of Entries

Practice Rounds
To make arrangements for a practice round at a time convenient to Wild Horse Golf Club please contact the club at (308) 537-7700. Practice round rate is $60 including cart.

Championship Schedule
Tuesday, June 15
7:00 a.m. - Practice Areas Open
7:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. - Player Registration (Morning Wave)
8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. - Round One, Stroke Play Qualifying Starting Times (Morning Wave)
12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. - Player Registration (Afternoon Wave)
1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. - Round One, Stroke Play Qualifying Starting Times (Afternoon Wave)

Wednesday, June 16
7:00 a.m. - Practice Areas Open
8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. - Round Two, Stroke Play Qualifying Starting Times (Morning Wave)
1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. - Round Two, Stroke Play Qualifying Starting Times (Afternoon Wave)
7:30 p.m. (Approx.) - Play-Off, if necessary

Thursday, June 17
6:30 a.m. - Practice Areas Open
7:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m. - Round of 32 Match Play
2:00 p.m.-3:10 p.m. - Round of 16 Match Play

Friday, June 18
6:30 a.m. - Practice Areas open
7:30 a.m.-8:00 a.m. - Quarterfinals
12:30 p.m.-12:40 p.m. - Semifinals

Saturday, June 19
6:30 a.m. - Practice Areas open
7:30 a.m. - 36-Hole Final

Wild Horse Golf Club

40950 Road 786
Gothenburg, NE 69138
Golf Shop Phone - (308) 537-7700
Website -

General Manager - Tony Collins

Superintendent - Josh Mahar

Course Yardage

1 4 405 363
2 4 478 431
3 5 537
4 3 171 160
5 4 367
6 5 548
7 4 364 244
8 4 451 433
9 3 185 155
Out 36 3,506
10 4 408
11 3 126
12 4 442
13 3 208 191
14 5 559
15 4 342 307
16 4 445 418
17 5 548
18 4 418 384
In 36 3,496
Total 72 7,002
2021 Nate Vontz Lincoln Wild Horse Golf Club, Gothenburg
2020 Luke Kluver Norfolk Hillcrest Country Club, Lincoln
2019 Caleb Badura Aurora The Players Club, Omaha
2018 Alex Schaake Omaha Champions Run, Omaha
2017 Jay Cottam Hebron Shadow Ridge Country Club, Omaha
2016 Rylee Reinertson Gibbon Firethorn Golf Club, Lincoln
2015 Michael Colgate Kearney The Prairie Club, Valentine
2014 Bryce Brown Lincoln The Country Club of Lincoln
2013 Andy Sajevic Fremont Elks Country Club, Columbus
2012 Kevin Stanek Bellevue Platteview Country Club, Bellevue
2011 Kevin Stanek Bellevue Wild Horse Golf Club, Gothenburg
2010 John Hurley O'Neill Omaha Country Club, Omaha
2009 John Hurley O'Neill Willow Lakes Golf Course, Bellevue
2008 Brandon Crick McCook ArborLinks, Nebraska City
2007 John Hurley O'Neill Hillcrest Country Club, Lincoln
2006 Patrick Duffy Omaha Shadow Ridge Country Club, Omaha
2005 Jon Deines Beatrice Wild Horse Golf Club, Gothenburg
2004 Travis Minzel Lincoln Norfolk Country Club
2003 Ryan Nietfeldt Omaha Riverside Golf Club, Grand Island
2002 A.J. Elgert Lincoln Indian Creek Golf Course, Elkhorn
2001 Pete Godwin Omaha Elks Country Club, Columbus
2000 Knox Jones Lincoln The Country Club of Lincoln
1999 Jason Bender Elkhorn Firethorn Golf Club, Lincoln
1998 Steve Friesen Lincoln Hillcrest Country Club, Lincoln
1997 Judd Brewer Lincoln Beatrice Country Club
1996 John Sajevic Fremont Highland Country Club, Omaha
1995 Pete Godwin Omaha Omaha Country Club
1994 Knox Jones Lincoln Happy Hollow Club, Omaha
1993 Scott Ahl Elkhorn Platteview Country Club, Bellevue
1992 David Clouse Friend Elks Country Club, Columbus
1991 Larry Sock Lincoln Heritage Hills Golf Course, McCook
1990 Larry Sock Lincoln Willow Lakes Golf Course, Bellevue
1989 John Sajevic Fremont Fremont Golf Club
1988 Jim Sieckman Omaha The Country Club of Lincoln
1987 Bill Spangler Lincoln Lochland Country Club, Hastings
1986 David Walker Omaha Oak Hills Country Club, Omaha
1985 Bryan Hughett Lincoln Highland Country Club, Omaha
1984 Scott Howerter Lincoln Hillcrest Country Club, Lincoln
1983 Rennie Sasse Lincoln Elks Country Club, Columbus
1982 Mike Schuchart Lincoln Beatrice Country Club
1981 Mike Hughett Lincoln Capehart Golf Club, Offutt AFB
1980 Tom Olson Omaha Highland Country Club, Omaha
1979 Knox Jones Lincoln The Country Club of Lincoln
1978 Doug Smith Lincoln Norfolk Country Club
1977 Larry Sock Lincoln Omaha Country Club
1976 Tom Olson Omaha Hillcrest Country Club, Lincoln
1975 Dan Bahensky Lincoln Capehart Golf Club, Offutt AFB
1974 Tom Sieckman Omaha Skyview Golf Course, Alliance
1973 Charles Walter Lincoln Fremont Golf Club
1972 Mike Ley Lincoln Highland Country Club, Omaha
1971 Bill McNaught York Lochland Country Club, Hastings
1970 Charlie Borner North Platte The Country Club of Lincoln
1969 Matt Taber Lincoln Happy Hollow Club, Omaha
1968 Tim Bateman Lincoln Norfolk Country Club

Nebraska Match Play Championship Records 1968-2020


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
Wild Horse Golf Club, Gothenburg 3*
Happy Hollow Club, Omaha 2
Lochland Country Club, Hastings 2
Beatrice Country Club 2
Fremont Golf Club 2
Platteview Country Club, Bellevue 2
Firethorn Golf Club, Lincoln 2
Shadow Ridge Country Club, Omaha 2

*After hosting in 2021

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:
Ryan Nietfeldt 3
Bill Spangler 2
Don Bridge 2*
Knox Jones 2
Mike Hughett 2
Mike Rack 2*
Rob Mullin 2*
Tim Marchese 2*
Tom Sieckmann 2
Lance Lawson 2*

*Never won

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


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