Nebraska Senior Match Play Championship

9th Nebraska Senior Match Play Championship

Hillcrest Country Club, Lincoln

September 23-25, 2019

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Wyatt Comes Back to Win Senior Match Play

Lincoln’s Ed Wyatt grinded to stay within striking distance and struck when he had the chance to win the 9th Nebraska Senior Match Play Championship at Hillcrest Country Club. The No. 1 seed Wyatt came from behind to defeat Fremont’s John Sajevic in the Championship Final, 1 up. Wyatt trailed the entire match until the 18th hole, coming back from a 3-down deficit to win the final two holes and take the title. Wyatt was a long-time assistant professional at Hillcrest Country Club (1988-2000) before he regained his amateur status in recent years. Visit the scoring tab for the final match play brackets, and read the daily recap and see the champion interview below.


Enter This Championship Online

Entry Deadline: 5pm CDT on Tuesday, September 17, 2019


Entries are open to amateur golfers who will have reached their fiftieth birthday by September 23, 2019. Entrant must have an active USGA 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, 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 to the USGA Rules of Amateur Status as specified in the USGA Rules of Golf.

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 injury or illness, if requested no later than September 22. No refund for any reason after September 22. 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 Tuesday, September 17, 2019. 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 80 players. If more than 80 entries are received by the September 17, 2019 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 2018 Nebraska Senior Match Play Championship, the top 16 that qualified for the Championship Bracket
3. From the 2018 Nebraska Senior Match Play Championship, winners of each flight
4. From the 2019 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 17, 2019
6. Remainder of the field determined by order of entry

List of Entries

Practice Rounds
If desired, those entered may contact the Hillcrest Pro Shop at (402) 489-8181 to arrange a practice round. Rate is $25 (walking) plus $17 if taking a cart. Restrictions: Saturday and Sunday: after 1 p.m.

Championship Schedule
Monday, September 23:
8 a.m. - Practice Areas Open
8 - 10 a.m. - Player Check-In - Pro Shop Counter
9 - 10:40 a.m. - Stroke Play Qualifying 1/10 Tee
Following Play - Championship Flight Play-Off if Necessary
Following Play - Hosted Player's Luncheon in Clubhouse

Tuesday, September 24:
8 a.m. - Practice Areas Open
9 - 11 a.m. - Session One of Match Play, 1/10 Tee (All Flights)
1:30 - 3:30 p.m. - Session Two of Match Play, 1 Tee (All Flights)

Wednesday, September 25:
7 a.m. - Practice Areas Open
8 - 9:10 a.m. - Semifinals, 1 Tee (All Flights)
1 - 1:30 p.m. - Finals, 1 Tee (All Flights)
Following Play - Awards


Hillcrest Country Club

9401 O Street
Lincoln, NE 68520
Golf Shop Phone - (402) 489-8181
Website -

General Manager - Zach Tyson

Director of Golf - Mike Brown

Superintendent - Brian Hellbusch

Course Yardage

2019Ed Wyatt, LincolnJohn Sajevic, FremontHillcrest Country Club, Lincoln
2018Matt Haynes, PapillionMurray Krambeer, BellevuePlatteview Golf Club, Bellevue
2017Mike Krumland, ColumbusSkip Gist, OmahaFremont Golf Club
2016Jay Muller, BenningtonRick Dusek, OmahaArborLinks, Nebraska City
2015Mike Krumland, ColumbusJohn Sajevic, FremontArborLinks, Nebraska City
2014Mike Krumland, ColumbusAllen Boltz, Grand IslandRiverside Golf Club, Grand Island
2013Chris Mangan, OmahaJay Muller, BenningtonThe Pines Country Club, Valley
2012Larry Sock, LincolnJay Muller, BenningtonThe Pines Country Club, Valley
2011Mike Krumland, ColumbusWilliam Lawson, OmahaThe Pines Country Club, Valley

Other Flight Winners

Gross Division - Presidents Flight

2019John FechtLincolnHillcrest Country Club, Lincoln
2018Mike RootOmahaPlatteview Golf Club, Bellevue
2017Charles WurtzWaterlooFremont Golf Club
2016Mike KrumlandColumbusArborLinks, Nebraska City
2015Chris ManganOmahaArborLinks, Nebraska City
2014Mike RootOmahaRiverside Golf Club, Grand Island
2013Roger MillerElkhornThe Pines Country Club, Valley
2012Murray KrambeerOmahaThe Pines Country Club, Valley
2011Bob MillerOmahaThe Pines Country Club, Valley

Gross Division - Bob Astleford Flight

2019Hap PocrasOmahaHillcrest Country Club, Lincoln

Gross Division - Sam Reynolds Flight

2019--Hillcrest Country Club, Lincoln
2018--Platteview Golf Club, Bellevue
2017Bob TattenOmahaFremont Golf Club
2016Ronald ThayerSuperiorArborLinks, Nebraska City
2015David McEwenLincolnArborLinks, Nebraska City

Net Division - Bob Astleford Flight

2019--Hillcrest Country Club, Lincoln
2018Bert NewellLincolnPlatteview Golf Club, Bellevue
2017Jeff McPhersonOmahaFremont Golf Club
2016Bert NewellLincolnArborLinks, Nebraska City
2015Skip SeminLincolnArborLinks, Nebraska City
2014Bert NewellLincolnRiverside Golf Club, Grand Island
2013Mark RoselandOmahaThe Pines Country Club, Valley
2012Larry VoorheesOmahaThe Pines Country Club, Valley
2011Bert NewellLincolnThe Pines Country Club, Valley

Net Division - Sam Reynolds Flight

2019Steve ThomallaNorth PlatteHillcrest Country Club, Lincoln
2018Sam KumarOmahaPlatteview Golf Club, Bellevue
2017--Fremont Golf Club
2016--ArborLinks, Nebraska City
2015--ArborLinks, Nebraska City
2014--Riverside Golf Club, Grand Island
2013Tony ZabawaOmahaThe Pines Country Club, Valley
2012Todd JeldenKearneyThe Pines Country Club, Valley
2011Rob MerrillNorfolkThe Pines Country Club, Valley

Net Division - Rod Bliss, Jr. Flight

2019--Hillcrest Country Club, Lincoln
2011Jerry TannerLincolnThe Pines Country Club, Valley

Nebraska Senior Match Play Championship Records 2011-2018


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)


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

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

Oldest Winner: 61, Mike Krumland, Columbus, 2017 (Fremont GC)

Oldest Finalist: 67, Murray Krambeer, Bellevue, 2018 (Platteview GC)


Most Times Host Site:

The Pines Country Club, Valley 3
ArborLinks, Nebraska City 2
Riverside Golf Club, Grand Island 1
Fremont Golf Club 1
Platteview Golf Club 1

Stroke Play Qualifying

Most Times Medalist: 2, William Lawson, Jr., Omaha (2011, 2012); John Haney, Lincoln (2014, 2017)

Lowest Qualifying Score: 67 (-4), John Haney, Lincoln (2017); 70 (-2), Jay Muller, Bennington and Stan Darling, Fremont (2013)

Match Play

Largest Winning Margin: 8 and 7, Mike Krumland, Columbus defeated Roger Miller, Elkhorn, 2011 (The Pines CC)

Largest Winning Margin, Final Match: 4 and 2, Mike Krumland, Columbus defeated Allen Boltz, Grand Island, 2014 (Riverside GC)

Longest Match: 20 holes, 5 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: 17, Mike Krumland, Columbus; 15, Jay Muller, Bennington

Best Match Play Records: 17-2, Mike Krumland, Columbus; 15-6, Jay Muller, Bennington; 6-2, Chris Mangan, Omaha; 6-5, William Lawson, Jr., Omaha

Most Times in Championship Bracket: 7, Jay Muller, Bennington; 6, Mike Krumland, Columbus; Murray Krambeer, Bellevue


Most Runner-Up Finishes: 

Jay Muller, Bennington 2

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

**Never lost a Final


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