Nebraska Mid-Amateur Championship

23rd Nebraska Mid-Amateur Championship

Norfolk Country Club

August 28-29, 2021


Spellerberg Secures First Nebraska Mid-Amateur Title

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.


Enter This Championship Online

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.

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 27. No refund for any reason after August 27. 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 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.

2021 Exempt Player List

The following players have filed an entry:

Practice Rounds
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.

Championship Schedule
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

Norfolk Country Club

1700 Riverside Blvd.
Norfolk, NE 68701
Golf Shop Phone - (402) 379-1188
Website -

General Manager - Jeff Kuhn

Head Professional - Tom Johnson

Head Superintendent - Jeff Wrage

Course Yardage

1 5 542
2 4 423
3 4 361
4 3 195 176
5 4 431
6 5 540
7 3 151
8 4 382
9 4 387
Out 36 3,412
10 4 327
11 5 595
12 4 420
13 4 372
14 3 198 175
15 4 435
16 4 370 300
17 3 164 146
18 5 546
In 36 3,427
Total 72 6,839
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
***Weather Shortened

Nebraska Mid-Amateur Championship Records 1999-2021


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)



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