Nebraska Mid-Amateur Championship

22nd Nebraska Mid-Amateur Championship

Awarii Dunes Golf Club, Axtell

August 29-30, 2020

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Mid-Amateur Travels West to Awarii Dunes

The 22nd Nebraska Mid-Amateur Championship is heading down I-80 to Axtell, where Awarii Dunes Golf Club will host on August 29-30. It's just the second time the championship, which began in 1999, has been conducted west of Lincoln. Gothenburg's Wild Horse Golf Club hosted a record field in 2018. The championship features 36-holes of stroke play over two days, with flights, in addition to the championship competition. Elkhorn’s Ryan Nietfeldt raised a record-tying third trophy last year, and is the defending champion. Entries open March 2. Visit the tabs above for more information.


Enter This Championship Online

Entry Deadline: 5pm CDT on Friday, August 21, 2020


Entries are open to amateur golfers who will have reached their twenty-fifth birthday by August 29, 2020 with an active Handicap Index® based on ratings for men not exceeding 9.0 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.

The championship field will be limited to 84 players. If more than 84 entries are received by the August 21, 2020 deadline, the field will be comprised of players that filed entries by the deadline in these categories:

1. Winners of any of the following NGA Championships: Nebraska Amateur, Nebraska Match Play, Nebraska Mid-Amateur, Nebraska Senior Amateur & Nebraska Senior Match Play.
2. From the 2019 Nebraska Mid-Amateur, the lowest 15 scores and anyone tying for 15th place.
3. From the 2020 Nebraska Amateur, the lowest 10 scores by a Mid-Amateur.
4. From the 2020 Nebraska Match Play, Mid-Amateur that makes the quarterfinals.
5. From the NGA POINT STANDINGS, the top 20 Mid-Amateurs as of August 21, 2020.
6. Remainder of field determined by order of entry.

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 $150 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 August 28. No refund for any reason after August 28. 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 Friday, August 21, 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 following players have filed an entry:

Practice Rounds
Information on practice rounds will be posted here soon.

Championship Schedule
Saturday, August 29
TBA - Practice Areas Open
TBA - Player Registration
TBA - Round One, 18 Holes

Sunday, August 30
TBA - Practice Areas Open
TBA - Round Two, 18 Holes
Following Play - NGA Hosted Lunch & Awards Presentation

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 - Awarii Dunes GC

Rules Documents
NGA 2020 Local Rules and Terms of Competition
Championship Notice to Players - Awarii Dunes GC (Draft)

Awarii Dunes Golf Club

524 S Road
Axtell, NE 68924
Golf Shop Phone - (308) 743-1111
Website -

General Manager - Jeff Perdew

Director of Golf - Chad Lydiatt

Head Superintendent - Brad Childress

Course Yardage

2020---Awarii Dunes Golf Club, Axtell
2019Ryan NietfeldtElkhorn140 (-2)Fremont Golf Club
2018Travis MinzelLincoln142 (-2)Wild Horse Golf Club, Gothenburg
2017Patrick DuffyOmaha146 (+2)*Yankee Hill Country Club, Lincoln
2016Patrick DuffyOmaha145 (+1)Platteview Golf Club, Bellevue
2015Jon DeinesOmaha138 (-4)Fremont Golf Club
2014Trent MorrisonOmaha147 (+3)Beatrice Counrty Club
2013Ryan NietfeldtOmaha144 (E)*Beatrice Country Club
2012Patrick DuffyOmaha139 (-5)Beatrice Country Club
2011Travis MinzelLincoln143 (+1)*Fremont Golf Club, Fremont
2010Travis MinzelLincoln141 (-3)Platteview Country Club, Bellevue
2009Mike VanierLincoln141 (-1)Yankee Hill Country Club, Lincoln
2008David PingOmaha-**The Players Club, Omaha
2007John WilliamsOmaha72 (E)*Ironwood Golf & Country Club, Omaha***
2006J.J. SullivanOmaha143 (+1)Wilderness Ridge Golf Club, Lincoln
2005Rick DusekOmaha142 (-2)Willow Lakes Golf Course, Bellevue
2004Pete GodwinOmaha145 (+1)ArborLinks, Nebraska City
2003Steve SamuelsonFremont148 (+4)Indian Creek Golf Course, Elkhorn
2002Tracy MannOmaha142 (E)Wilderness Ridge Golf Club, Lincoln
2001Ryan NietfeldtOmaha141 (-3)Ironwood Golf & Country Club, Omaha
2000Dr. William "Skip" GistOmaha147 (+5)Fremont Golf Club
1999David ClouseFriend145 (+1)Beatrice Country Club


*Won in playoff
** Match Play Format
***Weather Shortened

Nebraska Mid-Amateur Championship Records 1999-2019


Most titles: 3, Patrick Duffy, Omaha (2012, 2016, 2017); Travis Minzel, Lincoln (2010, 2011); Ryan Nietfeldt, Elkhorn (2001, 2013, 2019)
Consecutive titles: 2, Travis Minzel, Lincoln (2010, 2011); Patrick Duffy, Omaha (2016, 2017)
Longest Span, First to Last Victory: 18 years, Ryan Nietfeldt, Elkhorn (2001-2019)
Longest Span Between Victories: 12 years, Ryan Nietfeldt, Elkhorn (2001-2013)
Oldest Champion: 48, Rick Dusek, Omaha, 2005 (Willow Lakes GC)
Youngest Champion: 25, Ryan Nietfeldt, Omaha, 2001 (Ironwood G & CC); J.J. Sullivan, Omaha, 2006 (Wilderness Ridge GC)


Most Times Host Site:

Beatrice Country Club 4
Fremont Golf Club 4
Ironwood Golf and Country Club 2
Wilderness Ridge Golf Club 2
Platteview Country Club 2
Yankee Hill Country Club 2


Low Score, 36 Holes: 138 (4-under), Jon Deines, Omaha, 2015 (Fremont GC); 139 (5-under), Patrick Duffy, Omaha, 2012 (Beatrice CC)

Most Strokes Under Par, 36 Holes: 5-under (139), Patrick Duffy, Omaha, 2012 (Beatrice CC); 4-under (138), Jon Deines, Omaha, 2015 (Fremont GC)

Lowest Score, Any Round: 66 (6-under), John Sutko, Elkhorn, 2013 (Beatrice CC); 67 (4-under), Tracy Mann, Omaha, 2002 (Wilderness Ridge GC); Andrew Sajevic, Kearney, 2015 (Fremont GC)

Most Strokes Under Par, Any Round: 6-under (66), John Sutko, Elkhorn, 2013 (Beatrice CC); 4-under (67), Tracy Mann, Omaha, 2002 (Wilderness Ridge GC); Andrew Sajevic, Kearney, 2015 (Fremont GC); 4-under (68), Lynn Johnson, Omaha, 2005 (Willow Lakes GC); Brian Csipkes, Gretna, 2010 (Platteview CC); Patrick Duffy, Omaha, 2012 (Beatrice CC)

Lowest Score, First Round: 66 (6-under), John Sutko, Elkhorn, 2013 (Beatrice CC)

Lowest Score, Final Round: 68 (4-under), Lynn Johnson, Omaha, 2005 (Willow Lakes GC)

Largest Winning Margin: 7, David Clouse, Friend, 1999 (Beatrice CC)

Highest Score by Winner, First Round: 75 (3-over), Trent Morrison, Omaha, 2014 (Beatrice CC)

Highest Score by Winner, Final Round: 75 (4-over), Tracy Mann, Omaha, 2002 (Wilderness Ridge GC)

Highest Winning Score: 148 (4-over), Steve Samuelson, Fremont, 2003 (Indian Creek GC)

Most Players Under Par, 36 holes: 3, 2015 (Fremont GC)

Two Rounds Under-Par: Ryan Nietfeldt, Omaha, 2001 (Ironwood G & CC, Par 72); Patrick Duffy, Omaha, 2012 (Beatrice CC, Par 72); Travis Minzel, Lincoln, 2012 (Beatrice CC, Par 72); Jon Deines, Omaha, 2015 (Fremont GC, Par 71)



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