23rd Nebraska Mid-Amateur Championship
Norfolk Country Club
August 28-29, 2021
Norfolk Country Club
August 28-29, 2021
It was only a matter of time until Bennington's Johnny Spellerberg was hoisting a trophy, and he did just that at Norfolk Country Club, winning the 23rd Nebraska Mid-Amateur Championship with a record-tying performance. Conditions were ideal for the Final Round, and Spellerberg was in control of his game, maintaining his lead throughout. He shot a round of 70 (-2) to win by three strokes with a 138 (-6) total. It's Spellerberg's first men's NGA title, adding to his 2010 Nebraska Junior Match Play title, and the 6-under total matches the championship scoring record, set by Omaha's Andy Sajevic just last year. Visit the Scoring tab above for full results, and see the final recap and champion interview below.
Entry Deadline: 5pm CDT on Friday, August 20, 2021
Entries are open to amateur golfers who will have reached their twenty-fifth birthday by August 28, 2021 with an active Handicap Index® based on ratings for men not exceeding 7.0 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.
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 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 27. No refund for any reason after August 27. A $30 service charge will be deducted from all refunds.
EXEMPT PLAYER ENTRY APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY NGA NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, AUGUST 13, 2021 TO MAINTAIN EXEMPT STATUS AND GUARANTEE A SPOT IN THE FIELD.
ENTRY APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY NGA NO LATER THAN 5 P.M. C.D.T. ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 20, 2021.
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 78 players. If more than 78 entries are received by the August 20, 2021 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 2020 Nebraska Mid-Amateur, the lowest 15 scores and anyone tying for 15th place.
3. From the 2021 Nebraska Amateur, the lowest 10 scores by a Mid-Amateur.
4. From the 2021 Nebraska Match Play, Mid-Amateur that makes the quarterfinals.
5. From the NGA POINT STANDINGS, the top 20 Mid-Amateurs as of August 13, 2021.
6. Remainder of field determined by order of entry.
*Entry applications received by exempt players following the August 13, 2021 deadline will be processed under category 6 above.
Practice rounds can be arranged by contacting the pro shop at Norfolk CC, (402) 379-1188. The fee is $35 (walking) and $53 (including cart). Available at a time convenient to the club beginning August 1st. *Exception: No practice rounds available after 12:00 p.m. on Tuesdays.
Saturday, August 28
8:00 a.m. - Practice Areas Open
8:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. - Player Registration
9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. - Round One; Holes #1 & #10; 18 Holes
Sunday, August 29
8:00 a.m. - Practice Areas Open
9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. - Final Round; Holes #1 & #10; 18 Holes
Following Play - NGA Hosted Lunch & Awards Presentation
NGA Championship Guidelines
2021 Exempt Player List
Terms of Competition
Entry Form Terms of Competition
Player Memorandum - Championship
Pace of Play Information
Championship Pace of Play Policy
General Manager - Jeff Kuhn
Head Professional - Tom Johnson
Head Superintendent - Jeff Wrage
|2021||Johnny Spellerberg||Bennington||138 (-6)||Norfolk Country Club|
|2020||Andy Sajevic||Omaha||138 (-6)||Awarii Dunes Golf Club, Axtell|
|2019||Ryan Nietfeldt||Elkhorn||140 (-2)||Fremont Golf Club|
|2018||Travis Minzel||Lincoln||142 (-2)||Wild Horse Golf Club, Gothenburg|
|2017||Patrick Duffy||Omaha||146 (+2)*||Yankee Hill Country Club, Lincoln|
|2016||Patrick Duffy||Omaha||145 (+1)||Platteview Golf Club, Bellevue|
|2015||Jon Deines||Omaha||138 (-4)||Fremont Golf Club|
|2014||Trent Morrison||Omaha||147 (+3)||Beatrice Counrty Club|
|2013||Ryan Nietfeldt||Omaha||144 (E)*||Beatrice Country Club|
|2012||Patrick Duffy||Omaha||139 (-5)||Beatrice Country Club|
|2011||Travis Minzel||Lincoln||143 (+1)*||Fremont Golf Club, Fremont|
|2010||Travis Minzel||Lincoln||141 (-3)||Platteview Country Club, Bellevue|
|2009||Mike Vanier||Lincoln||141 (-1)||Yankee Hill Country Club, Lincoln|
|2008||David Ping||Omaha||-**||The Players Club, Omaha|
|2007||John Williams||Omaha||72 (E)*||Ironwood Golf & Country Club, Omaha***|
|2006||J.J. Sullivan||Omaha||143 (+1)||Wilderness Ridge Golf Club, Lincoln|
|2005||Rick Dusek||Omaha||142 (-2)||Willow Lakes Golf Course, Bellevue|
|2004||Pete Godwin||Omaha||145 (+1)||ArborLinks, Nebraska City|
|2003||Steve Samuelson||Fremont||148 (+4)||Indian Creek Golf Course, Elkhorn|
|2002||Tracy Mann||Omaha||142 (E)||Wilderness Ridge Golf Club, Lincoln|
|2001||Ryan Nietfeldt||Omaha||141 (-3)||Ironwood Golf & Country Club, Omaha|
|2000||Dr. William "Skip" Gist||Omaha||147 (+5)||Fremont Golf Club|
|1999||David Clouse||Friend||145 (+1)||Beatrice Country Club|
*Won in playoff
** Match Play Format
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 (6-under), Johnny Spellerberg, Bennington, 2021 (Norfolk CC); Andy Sajevic, Omaha, 2020 (Awarii Dunes GC); 138 (4-under), Jon Deines, Omaha, 2015 (Fremont GC); 139 (5-under), Patrick Duffy, Omaha, 2012 (Beatrice CC)
Most Strokes Under Par, 36 Holes: 6-under (138), Johnny Spellerberg, Bennington, 2021 (Norfolk CC); Andy Sajevic, Omaha, 2020 (Awarii Dunes GC); 5-under (139), Patrick Duffy, Omaha, 2012 (Beatrice CC); 4-under (138), Jon Deines, Omaha, 2015 (Fremont GC)
Lowest Score, Any Round: 65 (7-under), Jay Moore, Lincoln, 2020 (Awarii Dunes GC); 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: 7-under (65), Jay Moore, Lincoln, 2020 (Awarii Dunes GC); 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); Johnny Spellerberg, Bennington, 2021 (Norfolk CC); Lance Morrow, Norfolk, 2021 (Norfolk CC); Michael Wilhelm, Omaha, 2021 (Norfolk CC)
Lowest Score, First Round: 66 (6-under), John Sutko, Elkhorn, 2013 (Beatrice CC)
Lowest Score, Final Round: 65 (7-under), Jay Moore, Lincoln, 2020 (Awarii Dunes 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: 16, 2020 (Awarii Dunes 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); Chad Geiger, Lincoln, 2020 (Awarii Dunes GC, Par 72); Andy Sajevic, Omaha, 2020 (Awarii Dunes GC, Par 72); Lance Lawson, Norfolk, 2021 (Norfolk CC, Par 72); Johnny Spellerberg, Bennington, 2021 (Norfolk CC, Par 72)