Nebraska Women’s Match Play Championship


97th Nebraska Women's Match Play Championship

Kearney Country Club

July 20-22, 2020

Co-Presented by the Nebraska Golf Association and the Nebraska Women's Amateur Golf Association

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Ruge is Second Youngest Nebraska Women's Match Play Champion

Omaha's Katie Ruge defeated Snyder's Hannah Hunke in the Final of the 97th Nebraska Women’s Match Play Championship, 4 and 3, on Wednesday at Kearney Country Club, becoming the second youngest champion. Ruge is just 16-years-old and will be a junior at Millard North high school in the fall. Lincoln's Kate Strickland was the youngest, at 15-years-old when she won in 2019. Ruge is also the fifth junior golfer to win the title, joining Strickland, Wahoo's Hannah Thiele (2015), Lincoln's Anna Christenson (2007) and Omaha's Theresa Wanek (1975). Visit the Scoring tab above for the updated brackets, and check out the recap and champion interview below.


Enter This Championship Online

Entry Deadline: 5 pm CDT on July 13


Championship Division
Comprised of entrants with an up-to-date Handicap Index of 6.0 or less and those that declare Championship. Golfers will participate in an 18-hole stroke play qualifier to determine the 16-player Championship match play bracket. Remaining golfers will be placed in the Founders bracket for match play.

Non-Championship Division (Senior Gross Flight and Net Flights)
Senior Gross Flight is reserved for those golfers 49 and older with an up-to-date Handicap Index of 6.0 or less and any others meeting the age requirement that declare Senior Gross. They first compete in an 18-hole stroke play qualifier to determine seeds for the match play portion.

Net Flights will be comprised of those golfers with an up-to-date Handicap Index exceeding 6.0 that choose not to declare for either the Championship Division or Senior Gross Flight. These golfers will be flighted based on Handicap Index and begin play with an 18-hole qualifier to determine seeds in their respective match play brackets. Both the qualifier and subsequent matches will be based on Net scoring.



Non-Championship Division
Entrant must be a member of NWAGA or a female member of Nebraska Junior Golf. Entrant must also be a resident of Nebraska (see below) with an up-to-date USGA Handicap Index® issued by a “member club” of the Nebraska Golf Association. All players must conform to the Rules of Amateur Status as approved by the United States Golf Association and The R&A.

Championship Division
Entrant must be a member of NWAGA or either a) a female member of Nebraska Junior Golf or b) a college student as defined in item c or d of the residency clause below. Entrant must also be a resident of Nebraska (see below) with an up-to-date USGA Handicap Index® issued by a “member club” of the Nebraska Golf Association. All players must conform to the Rules of Amateur Status as approved by the United States Golf Association and The R&A.

Residency: An individual is considered 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 NWAGA Tournament Committee shall render any final decision.


Code of Conduct

NWAGA or 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 NWAGA or 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 $105 must be paid by every player. Entry fee will be refunded regardless of reason if the NGA or NWAGA is notified (402-505-4653, x103) before the close of entries. After the close of entries, fee will be refunded in the event of a medical condition, if requested before the first day of competition. No refund for any reason after that. A $15 service charge will be deducted from all refunds.

In addition to golf, entry fee includes use of the practice facility and player luncheons on Monday and Tuesday.


Entry Period

Online applications only. Entries open at 8 a.m. CDT on Wednesday, April 1, 2020. Entries must be received no later than 5 p.m. CDT on Monday, July 13. Entries may be accepted after the deadline, if field is not full, at the discretion of NGA/NWAGA. Entries may no longer be accepted once groupings have been announced.



Link below to access a current list of entries received by the NWAGA/NGA for the 97th Nebraska Women's Match Play Championship.

List of Entries

Practice Rounds
Practice rounds are available at a time convenient to the golf shop on Wednesday July 15 or Sunday, July 19. Practice rounds are prohibited Thursday, July 16 through Saturday, July 18 due to a club event. The fee is $40 and includes the use of a golf cart. To make arrangements please contact the golf shop at (308) 234-3151, extension 2.

Championship Schedule
Monday, July 20
7 A.M. - Registration
7 A.M. - Practice Areas Open
8 A.M.-9:10 A.M. - Stroke Play Qualifying, 18-Holes, 1/10 Tee Start
Between Rounds - Player Luncheon
2:30 P.M.-3:40 P.M. - Match Play - Round of 16, Championship Division Only, 1/10 Tee Start

Tuesday, July 21
7 A.M. - Player Check-In
7 A.M. - Practice Areas Open
8 A.M.-8:50 A.M. - Match Play - Quarterfinals, 1/10 Tee Start
Between Rounds - Player Luncheon
12:40 P.M.-1:50 p.m. - Match Play - Semifinals, 1 Tee Only

Wednesday, July 22
6:30 A.M. - Player Check-In
6:30 A.M. - Practice Areas Open
7:30 A.M.-8 a.m. - Match Play – Finals, 1 Tee Only
Following Golf – Awards Presentation

Information on lodging is not available for this event.

Championship Division: Champion – custody of the traveling trophy, trophy and medal; Runner-Up – trophy and medal; Qualifying Medalist – medal; Founders Flight Winner - Trophy; Merchandise prizes – to be announced.
Non-Championship Division: Net Flight Winners – Trophy; Net Flight Merchandise Prizes – to be announced.

Kearney Country Club

2800 19th Ave.
Kearney, NE 68845
Golf Shop Phone - (308) 234-3151
Website -

General Manager - Jami Swift
Head Professional - Alex Hobelmann
Superintendent - Clay McKinley
Ratings - Championship 74.0/128, Non-Championship 70.3/116

Course Yardage

2020Katie RugeOmahaKearney Country Club
2019Kate StricklandLincolnFremont Golf Club
2018Nicolle BarmettlerElkhornYankee Hill Country Club, Lincoln
2017Kaitlyn KrzyzanowskiScottsbluffPlatteview Golf Club, Bellevue
2016Hannah ThieleWahooOakland Golf Club
2015Danielle LemekDoniphanOakland Golf Club
2014Danielle LemekDoniphanOak Hills Country Club, Omaha
2013Morgan SmejkalColumbusWild Horse Golf Club, Gothenburg
2012Elizabeth LydiattKearneyAwarii Dunes Golf Club, Axtell
2011Mary NarzisiOmahaTiburon Golf Club, Omaha
2010Susan MarcheseOmahaFirethorn Golf Club, Lincoln
2009Kayla KnopikPapillionKearney Country Club
2008Megan BartlettGrand IslandNorfolk Country Club
2007Anna ChristensonLincolnHeritage Hills Golf Course, McCook
2006Sara SackettCambridgeThe Pines Country Club, Valley
2005Stephanie SchaeferColumbusElks Country Club, Columbus
2004Andrea DunaganGrand IslandWilderness Ridge Golf Club, Lincoln
2003Melissa PraschKearneyShadow Ridge Country Club, Omaha
2002Elizabeth MorellMcCookOmaha Country Club
2001Maggie GabelmanLincolnIronwood Golf & Country Club, Omaha
2000Elizabeth BahenskyKearneyLochland Country Club, Hastings
1999Elizabeth BahenskyKearneyFour Winds Golf Course, Kimball
1998Steph KolbasLincolnHeritage Hills Golf Course, McCook
1997Elizabeth BahenskyKearneyBeatrice Country Club
1996Heidi Stark (Wall)LincolnRiverside Golf Club, Grand Island
1995Heidi WallLincolnThe Country Club of Lincoln
1994Susan MarcheseOmahaOak Hills Country Club, Omaha
1993Rained out
1992Sue ChurchichOmahaFremont Golf Club
1991Ann GuibersonBellevueHighland Country Club, Omaha
1990Susan MarcheseOmahaHappy Hollow Club, Omaha
1989Judy DykesColumbusOmaha Country Club
1988Susan MarcheseOmahaHillcrest Country Club, Lincoln
1987Susan MarcheseOmahaField Club of Omaha
1986Kari ManganOmahaFremont Golf Club
1985Kerre DubinskyLincolnElks Country Club, Columbus
1984Cathy NelsonOmahaThe Country Club of Lincoln
1983Susan MarcheseOmahaNorfolk Country Club
1982Susan MarcheseOmahaThe Country Club of Lincoln
1981Cathy NelsonOmahaOak Hills Country Club, Omaha
1980Val SkinnerNorth PlatteBeatrice Country Club
1979Nanette CircoOmahaHighland Country Club, Omaha
1978Cathy CurryColumbusFremont Golf Club
1977Nanette CircoOmahaHappy Hollow Club, Omaha
1976Nanette CircoOmahaHillcrest Country Club, Lincoln
1975Theresa WanekOmahaField Club of Omaha
1974Jean HylandLincolnOmaha Country Club
1973Christie Travnicek (Schwartzkopf)WilberLochland Country Club, Hastings
1972Bunnie PhillipsNorfolkOak Hills Country Club, Omaha
1971Christie SchwartzkopfLincolnNorfolk Country Club
1970Christie SchwartzkopfLincolnThe Country Club of Lincoln
1969Christie SchwartzkopfLincolnRiverside Golf Club, Grand Island
1968Jean HylandLincolnHappy Hollow Club, Omaha
1967Nancy YoungOmahaHighland Country Club, Omaha
1966Betty MarcheseOmahaFremont Golf Club
1965Dorothy SchwartzkopfLincolnHillcrest Country Club, Lincoln
1964Dorothy SchwartzkopfLincolnField Club of Omaha
1963Dorothy SchwartzkopfLincolnBeatrice Country Club
1962Jean HylandLincolnOmaha Country Club
1961Jean HylandLincolnThe Country Club of Lincoln
1960Nancy YoungOmahaSkyview Golf Course, Alliance
1959Dorothy SchwartzkopfLincolnHighland Country Club, Omaha
1958Jann WalkerOmahaHappy Hollow Club, Omaha
1957Jean HylandLincolnHillcrest Country Club, Lincoln
1956Jann WalkerOmahaField Club of Omaha
1955Lucile MannLincolnBeatrice Country Club
1954Phyllis LarsonOmahaOmaha Country Club
1953Lucile MannOmahaThe Country Club of Lincoln
1952Lucile MannOmahaHighland Country Club, Omaha
1951Lucile MannOmahaHappy Hollow Club, Omaha
1950Lucile MannOmahaHillcrest Country Club, Lincoln
1949Edith GoddardOmahaField Club of Omaha
1948Phyllis LarsonOmahaThe Country Club of Lincoln
1947Phyllis LarsonOmahaOmaha Country Club
1946Phyllis ByrneOmahaFremont Golf Club
1945No Tournament
1944No Tournament
1943No Tournament
1942No Tournament
1941Betty NolanOmahaNorfolk Country Club
1940Betty NolanOmahaField Club of Omaha
1939Florence RietveldOmahaHappy Hollow Club, Omaha
1938No Tournament
1937Phyllis LarsonOmahaThe Country Club of Lincoln
1936Adele SidlesLincolnHappy Hollow Club, Omaha
1935Adele SidlesLincolnEastridge Golf Club, Lincoln
1934Bea RohmanLincolnShrine Club, Lincoln
1933Mary Thalma BanghOmahaField Club of Omaha
1932Bea RohmanLincolnHappy Hollow Club, Omaha
1931Ida TobinLincolnThe Country Club of Lincoln
1930Rosalee BurkeLincolnOmaha Country Club
1929Gertrude StewartOmahaField Club of Omaha
1928Mary LevingsOmahaEastridge Golf Club, Lincoln
1927Mary LevingsOmahaHappy Hollow Club, Omaha
1926Jennie FowlesNorth PlatteLakewood Country Club
1925Mary LevingsOmahaThe Country Club of Lincoln
1924Jennie FowlesNorth PlatteOmaha Country Club
1923Jennie FowlesNorth PlatteField Club of Omaha
1922Mary LevingsOmahaHappy Hollow Club, Omaha
1921Emma ArnoldOmahaOmaha Country Club
1920Ella SpragueOmahaField Club of Omaha
1919No Tournament
1918No Tournament
1917Gertrude StewartOmahaHappy Hollow Club, Omaha
1916Louise PoundLincolnField Club of Omaha


Most titles: 7, Susan Marchese, Omaha (1982, 1983, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1994, 2010)
Other Multiple Champions:
Jean Hyland 5
Lucile Mann 5
Mary Levings 4
Phyllis Larson 4
Christie Travnicek (Schwartzkopf) 4
Elizabeth Lydiatt (Bahensky) 4
Jennie Fowles 3
Danielle Lemek 2
Adele Sidles 2
Bea Rohman 2
Betty Nolan 2
Cathy Nelson 2
Gertrude Stewart 2
Jann Walker 2
Nancy Young 2
Heidi Stark (Wall) 2

Consecutive titles: 4, Lucile Mann, Omaha (1950-1953)

Longest Span, First to Last Victory: 28 years, Susan Marchese, Omaha (1982-2010)

Longest Span Between Victories: 16 years, Susan Marchese, Omaha (1994-2010)

Mother-Daughter Champions: Betty Marchese, Omaha (1966) and Susan Marchese, Omaha (7-time Champion); Dorothy Schwartzkopf, Lincoln (4-time Champion) and Christie Travnicek (Schwartzkopf), Lincoln (4-time Champion)

Junior Champions: Theresa Wanek, Omaha (1975); Anna Christenson, Lincoln (2007); Hannah Thiele, Wahoo (2016); Kate Strickland, Lincoln (2019)


Youngest winner: 15 years, Kate Strickland, Lincoln, 2019 (Fremont GC); 17 years, Theresa Wanek, Omaha, 1975 (Field Club of Omaha); Anna Christenson, Lincoln, 2007 (Heritage Hills GC)


Most Times Host Site:

Happy Hollow Club, Omaha 11
Field Club of Omaha 11
The Country Club of Lincoln 10
Omaha Country Club 9

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