Nebraska Senior Match Play Championship

13th Nebraska Senior Match Play Championship

The Pines Country Club, Valley

September 26-28, 2023

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The 13th Nebraska Senior Match Play Championship will be conducted at The Pines Country Club, September 26-28. This will be a record fourth time hosting for the club, which last hosted the championship in 2013. Entries are now open. Visit the tabs above for more information.

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Exempt Player Entry Deadline: Tuesday, September 12, 2022

Entry Deadline: 5pm CDT on Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Championship Division
For individuals with an up-to-date Handicap Index® of 6.0 or less and those that declare championship to compete for the Senior Match Play Championship title. Golfers will participate in an 18-hole stroke play qualifier to determine the 16-player Championship match play bracket. Those that do not qualify for the Championship match play bracket will be placed in separate match play brackets.

Tournament Division
For individuals with an up-to-date Handicap Index® exceeding 6.0. Golfers will compete in an 18-hole stroke play qualifier to determine brackets and seeds (based on gross score) for the match play portion. In match play, the player that completes the hole in fewer strokes (gross) wins the hole. Match Play brackets will be comprised of eight golfers.

Eligibility

Entries are open to amateur golfers who will have reached their fiftieth birthday by September 26, 2023. Entrant must have an active Handicap Index® issued by a “member club” of the Nebraska Golf Association and be 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. 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. 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 September 25, 2023.

Closing Date

EXEMPT PLAYER ENTRY APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY NGA NO LATER THAN TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2023 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 TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2023.

Late applications are not acceptable and will be automatically rejected. (Entries by telephone, mail, 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.

Players

The championship field will be limited to 80 players. If more than 80 entries are received by the September 19, 2023 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 2022 Nebraska Senior Match Play Championship, the top 16 that qualified for the Championship Bracket
3. From the 2022 Nebraska Senior Match Play Championship, winners of each flight
4. From the 2023 Nebraska Senior Amateur Championship, the lowest 10 scorers and anyone tying for 10th place
5. From the NGA SENIOR POINT STANDINGS, the top 10 point leaders as of September 12, 2023
6. Remainder of the field determined by order of entry

*Entry applications received by exempt players following the September 12, 2023 exempt player deadline will be processed under category 6 above.

Exempt Player List

Waitlist

Entries Received

Practice Rounds
Practice rounds will be available Tuesday, September 19th and Wednesday, September 20th at a time convenient to the club and after 2:00 p.m. on Monday, September 25th. Cost is $25/walking and $45/riding. To make arrangements for a practice you may contact The Pines CC pro shop 7 days in advance at (402) 359-4311.

Championship Schedule
Tuesday, September 26
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. - Stroke Play Qualifying, Tees #1 & #10
Following Play - Championship Bracket Play-Off if Necessary

Wednesday, September 27
7:00 a.m. - Practice Areas Open
8:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m. - Session One of Match Play, Tees #1 & #10 (Championship Division)
11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. - Hosted Player's Lunch
11:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. - Session Two of Match Play, Tee #1 & #10 (Both Divisions)

Thursday, September 28
7:00 a.m. - Practice Areas Open
8:00 a.m.-9:45 a.m. - Semifinals, Tee #1 (Both Divisions)
2:00 p.m.-2:50 p.m. - Finals, Tee #1 (Both Divisions)
Following Play - Awards

The Pines Country Club

7516 North 286th Street
Valley, NE 68064
Golf Shop Phone - (402) 359-4311
Website - pinescountryclub.com

General Manager - Mike Ten Eyck
Head Professional - Don Dravland
Superintendent - Hayden Bell

Course Yardage

HOLE PAR CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT
1 4 415 365
2 5 481 454
3 3 164 150
4 5 527 428
5 4 407 315
6 4 375 353
7 3 180/150 140
8 4 364 347
9 4 362 350
Out 36 3,275 2,902
HOLE PAR CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT
10 5 515 495
11 4 353 303
12 4 389 310
13 4 376 321
14 3 204/161 150
15 4 403 333
16 4 375 268
17 3 204/193 144
18 5 515 455
In 36 3,334 2,779
Total 72 6,609 5,681

Tournament Division

Tournament Division

YEAR CHAMPION, HOMETOWN RUNNER-UP, HOMETOWN SITE
2023 - - The Pines Country Club, Valley
2022 Brian Csipkes, Gretna Jay Muller, Omaha Wild Horse Golf Club, Gothenburg
2021 John Sajevic, Fremont Skip Gist, Omaha Beatrice Country Club
2020 Kirby Smith, Omaha Steve Buroker, Bennington York Country Club
2019 Ed Wyatt, Lincoln John Sajevic, Fremont Hillcrest Country Club, Lincoln
2018 Matt Haynes, Papillion Murray Krambeer, Bellevue Platteview Golf Club, Bellevue
2017 Mike Krumland, Columbus Skip Gist, Omaha Fremont Golf Club
2016 Jay Muller, Bennington Rick Dusek, Omaha ArborLinks, Nebraska City
2015 Mike Krumland, Columbus John Sajevic, Fremont ArborLinks, Nebraska City
2014 Mike Krumland, Columbus Allen Boltz, Grand Island Riverside Golf Club, Grand Island
2013 Chris Mangan, Omaha Jay Muller, Bennington The Pines Country Club, Valley
2012 Larry Sock, Lincoln Jay Muller, Bennington The Pines Country Club, Valley
2011 Mike Krumland, Columbus William Lawson, Omaha The Pines Country Club, Valley

Other Flight Winners

Gross Division - Presidents Flight

YEAR CHAMPION HOMETOWN SITE
2020 Cory Shaw Elkhorn York Country Club
2019 John Fecht Lincoln Hillcrest Country Club, Lincoln
2018 Mike Root Omaha Platteview Golf Club, Bellevue
2017 Charles Wurtz Waterloo Fremont Golf Club
2016 Mike Krumland Columbus ArborLinks, Nebraska City
2015 Chris Mangan Omaha ArborLinks, Nebraska City
2014 Mike Root Omaha Riverside Golf Club, Grand Island
2013 Roger Miller Elkhorn The Pines Country Club, Valley
2012 Murray Krambeer Omaha The Pines Country Club, Valley
2011 Bob Miller Omaha The Pines Country Club, Valley

Gross Division - Bob Astleford Flight

YEAR CHAMPION HOMETOWN SITE
2020 - - York Country Club
2019 Hap Pocras Omaha Hillcrest Country Club, Lincoln

Gross Division - Sam Reynolds Flight

YEAR CHAMPION HOMETOWN SITE
2020 - - York Country Club
2019 - - Hillcrest Country Club, Lincoln
2018 - - Platteview Golf Club, Bellevue
2017 Bob Tatten Omaha Fremont Golf Club
2016 Ronald Thayer Superior ArborLinks, Nebraska City
2015 David McEwen Lincoln ArborLinks, Nebraska City

Net Division - Bob Astleford Flight

YEAR CHAMPION HOMETOWN SITE
2020 Colin Beal Bellevue York Country Club
2019 - - Hillcrest Country Club, Lincoln
2018 Bert Newell Lincoln Platteview Golf Club, Bellevue
2017 Jeff McPherson Omaha Fremont Golf Club
2016 Bert Newell Lincoln ArborLinks, Nebraska City
2015 Skip Semin Lincoln ArborLinks, Nebraska City
2014 Bert Newell Lincoln Riverside Golf Club, Grand Island
2013 Mark Roseland Omaha The Pines Country Club, Valley
2012 Larry Voorhees Omaha The Pines Country Club, Valley
2011 Bert Newell Lincoln The Pines Country Club, Valley

Net Division - Sam Reynolds Flight

YEAR CHAMPION HOMETOWN SITE
2020 - - York Country Club
2019 Steve Thomalla North Platte Hillcrest Country Club, Lincoln
2018 Sam Kumar Omaha Platteview Golf Club, Bellevue
2017 - - Fremont Golf Club
2016 - - ArborLinks, Nebraska City
2015 - - ArborLinks, Nebraska City
2014 - - Riverside Golf Club, Grand Island
2013 Tony Zabawa Omaha The Pines Country Club, Valley
2012 Todd Jelden Kearney The Pines Country Club, Valley
2011 Rob Merrill Norfolk The Pines Country Club, Valley

Net Division - Rod Bliss, Jr. Flight

YEAR CHAMPION HOMETOWN SITE
2020 - - York Country Club
2019 - - Hillcrest Country Club, Lincoln
2011 Jerry Tanner Lincoln The Pines Country Club, Valley

Nebraska Senior Match Play Championship Records 2011-2022

Champions

Most titles: 4, Mike Krumland, Columbus (2011, 2014, 2015, 2017)

Consecutive titles: 2, Mike Krumland, Columbus (2014-2015)

Longest Span, First to Last Victory: 6 years, Mike Krumland, Columbus (2011-2017)

Longest Span Between Victories: 3 years, Mike Krumland, Columbus (2011-2014)

Age

Youngest Winner: 50, Chris Mangan, Omaha, 2013 (The Pines CC)

Youngest Finalist: 50, Chris Mangan, Omaha, 2013 (The Pines CC)

Oldest Winner: 65 years, 4 months, 12 days, John Sajevic, Fremont, 2021 (Beatrice CC)

Oldest Finalist: 67 years, 9 months, 3 days, Skip Gist, Omaha, 2021 (Beatrice CC)

Course

Most Times Host Site:

The Pines Country Club, Valley 4*
ArborLinks, Nebraska City 2
Riverside Golf Club, Grand Island 1
Fremont Golf Club 1
Platteview Golf Club 1
York Country Club 1
Beatrice Country Club 1
Wild Horse Golf Club 1

*After hosting in 2023

Stroke Play Qualifying

Most Times Medalist: 3, John Sajevic, Fremont (2015, 2020, 2022); 2, William Lawson, Jr., Omaha (2011, 2012); John Haney, Lincoln (2014, 2017); Ed Wyatt, Lincoln (2019, 2021)

Lowest Qualifying Score: 67 (-4), John Haney, Lincoln, 2017 (Fremont GC); 69 (-3), Ed Wyatt, Lincoln, 2021 (Beatrice CC); Jayson Brueggemann, Lincoln, 2021 (Beatrice CC); 70 (-2), Jay Muller, Bennington, 2013 (The Pines CC); Stan Darling, Fremont, 2013 (The Pines CC); Ed Wyatt, Lincoln, 2019 (Hillcrest CC); John Sajevic, Fremont, 2022 (Wild Horse GC)

Match Play

Largest Winning Margin: 9 and 7, John Sajevic, Fremont defeated Marcus Bell, Bellevue, 2020 (York CC); 8 and 7, Mike Krumland, Columbus defeated Roger Miller, Elkhorn, 2011 (The Pines CC)

Largest Winning Margin, Final Match: 6 and 4, John Sajevic, Fremont defeated Skip Gist, Omaha, 2021 (Beatrice CC); 4 and 2, Mike Krumland, Columbus defeated Allen Boltz, Grand Island, 2014 (Riverside GC)

Longest Match: 20 holes, 6 occasions.

Longest Final Match: 19 holes, Mike Krumland, Columbus defeated William Lawson, Jr., Omaha, 2011 (The Pines CC)

Most Consecutive Match Play Victories: 12, Mike Krumland, Columbus, 2014-2017

Most Match Play Victories: 19, Jay Muller, Bennington; 18, Mike Krumland, Columbus; 16, John Sajevic, Fremont

Best Match Play Records (min. 6 wins): 18-5 (.783), Mike Krumland, Columbus; 6-2 (.750), Chris Mangan, Omaha; 16-6 (.727), John Sajevic, Fremont; 8-3 (.727), Ed Wyatt, Lincoln; 19-8 (.704), Jay Muller, Bennington; 9-4 (.692), Kirby Smith, Omaha; 6-3 (.667), Matt Haynes, Papillion; 6-4 (.600), Skip Gist, Omaha; 6-6 (.500), William Lawson, Jr., Omaha

Most Times in Championship Bracket: 9, Jay Muller, Bennington; Mike Krumland, Columbus; 7, John Sajevic, Fremont; 6, Murray Krambeer, Bellevue; William Lawson, Jr., Omaha

Miscellaneous

Most Runner-Up Finishes: 

Jay Muller, Bennington 3
John Sajevic, Fremont 2
Skip Gist, Omaha

Most Times in Final:
Mike Krumland, Columbus 4**
Jay Muller, Bennington 4
John Sajevic, Fremont 3

**Never lost a Final

 

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