Nebraska Match Play Championship

55th Nebraska Match Play Championship

Riverside Golf Club, Grand Island

June 20-24, 2022

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Spellerberg Battles Back to Win Nebraska Match Play Title

Bennington's Johnny Spellerberg battled back from a deficit to win the 36-hole Final of the 55th Nebraska Match Play Championship, 2 and 1, over York's Reed Malleck at Riverside Golf Club in Grand Island on Friday. Both players were past Nebraska Junior Match Play Champions, and trying to become the fifth player to also win a Nebraska Match Play title. Spellerberg was down after the first 18 holes, but came back to win his first title, and third NGA title overall. He won the 2010 Nebraska Junior Match Play and is the reigning Nebraska Mid-Amateur Champion. Malleck won his Junior Match Play title in 2020. Visit the Scoring tab above for the final bracket, and watch an interview with the champion and read the recap below.



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Exempt Player Entry Deadline: Monday, June 6, 2022

Entry Deadline: 5pm CDT on Monday, June 13, 2022


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. Players who withdraw (402-505-4653, x104) prior to the close of entries will receive a refund minus less a $30 service charge. Players who withdraw (402-505-4653, x104) after the close of entries but prior to the competition will not be issued a refund unless the reason for withdrawing is medically related. No refund for any reason after June 19, 2022.

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 13, 2022 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, 2022
2.  From the NGA Point Standings, the top 25 point leaders as of June 6, 2022
3. Those golfers that qualified for match play at the 2021 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 6, 2022 deadline will be processed under category 5 above.

Entries Received

Practice Rounds
Practice rounds will be available beginning May 1st. To make arrangements for a practice round no more than one week in advance at a time convenient to Riverside GC players must contact the golf shop at (308) 382-2648. Practice round rate is $44+tax (walking) or $64+tax (w/ cart).

Championship Schedule
Monday, June 20
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)

Tuesday, June 21
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

Wednesday, June 22
7:00 a.m. - Practice Areas Open
8:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. - Round of 32 Match Play
2:00 p.m.-3:10 p.m. - Round of 16 Match Play

Thursday, June 23
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

Friday, June 24
6:30 a.m. - Practice Areas open
7:30 a.m. - 36-Hole Final

Riverside Golf Club

2820 Riverside Drive
Grand Island, NE 68801
Golf Shop Phone - (308) 382-2648
Website -

General Manager - Tom Foutch
Head Golf Professional - Dennis Fruchtl
Superintendent - Nate Pehrson

Course Yardage

1 5 462
2 4 444
3 4 397
4 4 388
5 4 409
6 3 197 147
7 4 320
8 5 511
9 4 387
Out 37 3,515
10 3 179 158
11 4 389
12 4 376
13 4 409
14 3 183 163
15 4 410
16 4 360
17 4 389 310
18 5 541
In 35 3,236
Total 72 6,751
2022 Johnny Spellerberg Bennington Riverside Golf Club, Grand Island
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 1968-2021


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
Riverside Golf Club, Grand Island 2*

*After hosting in 2022

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*
Andy Sajevic 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
Andy Sajevic 3


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