Nebraska Women’s Match Play Championship

 

100th Nebraska Women's Match Play Championship

Happy Hollow Club, Omaha

June 5-7, 2023

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Thiele is the 100th Nebraska Women's Match Play Champion

Wahoo's Lindsey Thiele made history at Happy Hollow Club in Omaha, defeating Omaha's Kaitlyn Hanna, 2 and 1, in the Final to win the 100th Women’s Match Play Championship. Thiele claimed her first NebGolf title, and joined her three sisters (Haley, Hannah and Lauren), who all hold multiple titles. Hannah is the only other sister to win the Nebraska Women's Match Play though, which she did in 2016 as a junior golfer. In total, it's the 13th title for the Thiele family. Visit the Scoring tab for the final bracket and read the recap and watch an interview with the champion below.

Leaderboard

ENTRIES WILL OPEN MARCH 1 AT 8 A.M. CST

Enter This Championship Online

Exempt Player Entry Deadline: Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Entry Deadline: 5 pm CDT on Tuesday, May 30, 2003

Divisions

Championship Division
For individuals interested in competing for the Women's Match Play Championship title. The maximum field size will be 54 players. 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 a separate 16-player match play bracket. Those not in the top 32 will not advance to match play and will be eliminated. Course set-up for the Championship Division will be between 5,800-6,000 yards.

Tournament Division (Gross and Net)
The maximum field size will be 54 players. The Tournament Division offers either Gross or Net competition. Course set-up for the Tournament Division will be from a forward set of tees.

Those that register for Gross will compete in an 18-hole stroke play qualifier to determine brackets and seeds for the match play portion. Match Play brackets will be comprised of eight golfers. The final number of brackets will be determined following the close of entries. Depending on the number of players entered in the Gross competition some players may be eliminated following the stroke play qualifying round.

Those that register for Net will compete in an 18-hole stroke play qualifier to determine brackets and seeds for the match play portion. Both the qualifier and subsequent matches will be based on Net scoring. Match Play brackets will be comprised of eight golfers. The final number of brackets will be determined following the close of entries. Depending on the number of players entered in the Net competition some players may be eliminated following the stroke play qualifying round.

 

Eligibility

Entrant must be a female amateur golfer with an up-to-date Handicap Index® issued by a "member club" of the Nebraska Golf Association and a resident of Nebraska (see NGA residency below). All players must conform to the Rules of Amateur Status as approved by the United States Golf Association and The R&A.

ResidencyAn 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 NGA Tournament Committee shall render any final decision.

 

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 $120 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 June 4, 2023.

Entry Period

EXEMPT PLAYER ENTRY APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY NGA NO LATER THAN TUESDAY, MAY 23, 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, MAY 30, 2023.

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.

PLAYERS

Championship Division
The Championship Division field will be limited to 54 players. If more than 54 entries are received by the May 30, 2023 deadline, the field will be comprised of players that filed entries by the deadline in these categories:

1. Winners of the Nebraska Women's Match Play Championship.
2.  From the Nebgolf Women's Point Standings, the top 10 point leaders from the final point standings of 2022.
3. From the Nebgolf Girls Point Standings, the top 5 point leaders from the final point standings of 2022.
4. Special Exemptions selected by the NGA Board of Directors.
5. Remainder of the field determined by order of entry.

*Entry applications received by exempt players following the May 23, 2023 exempt player deadline will be processed under category 5 above.

Tournament Division
The Tournament Division field will be limited to 54 players. If more than 54 entries are received by the May 30, 2023 deadline, the field will be comprised of players that filed entries by the deadline in these categories:

1. Winners of the Nebraska Women's Match Play Championship.
2.  Winners of Tournament Division flights the last 3 years (2020-2022).
3. Remainder of the field determined by order of entry.

*Entry applications received by exempt players following the May 23, 2023 exempt player deadline will be processed under category 3 above.

Entries Received

Practice Rounds
Can be arranged by contacting The Den at Happy Hollow (402) 391-0239. The fee is $55 (walking) and $75 (riding). Practice rounds will be available May 15-June 4 at a time convenient to the club.

Championship Schedule
Sunday, June 4
7:00-9:00 - Past Champion & Player's Reception

Monday, June 5
8:30 - Practice Areas Open
8:30-10:00 - Registration
10:00 - Stroke Play Qualifying (All Divisions); 18-Holes; Shotgun Start
2:30-4:00 - Hosted Player Lunch
3:30-4:30 - Match Play (Championship Division) - Round of 16; Holes 1 & 10

Tuesday, June 6
7:00 - Practice Areas Open
8:00-10:00 - Match Play (All Divisions/Flights) - Quarterfinals; Holes 1 & 10
1:30-3:30 - Match Play (All Divisions/Flights) - Semifinals; Hole 1

Wednesday, June 7
7:00 - Practice Areas Open
8:00-9:00 - Match Play (All Divisions/Flights) – Finals; Hole 1
Following Golf – Awards Presentation

Prizes
Championship Division: Champion – custody of the traveling trophy, trophy and gold medal; Runner-Up – trophy and silver medal; Qualifying Medalist – bronze medal; Other Flight Winners - Medal; Merchandise prizes – to be announced.
Tournament Division: Flight Winners – Medal; Gross & Net Flight Merchandise Prizes – to be announced.

Terms of The Competition
Entry Form Terms of the Competition

Player Memorandum
Player Memorandum

Pace of Play Information
Pace of Play Policy Stroke Play
Pace of Play Policy Match Play

Rules Documents
NebGolf 2023 Local Rules and Terms of Competition
Notice to Players (Draft)

Match Play Guidelines
Differences Between Match Play and Stroke Play

Media Guide
Nebraska Women's Match Play Championship Media Guide

Contact
Justin Ahrens, NebGolf Assistant Executive Director
jahrens@nebgolf.org; (402) 505-4653, x104

Happy Hollow Club

1701 South 105th Street
Omaha, NE 68124
Golf Shop Phone - (402) 391-0239
Website - happyhollowclub.com

General Manager - David Schneider
Director of Golf - Mike Antonio
Head Professional - Chris Cover
Superintendent - Peter Schmidt

Course Yardage

HOLE PAR CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT
1 4 365 310
2 4 355 330
3 3 172/150 120
4 4/5 375 408
5 5 454 405
6 4 365 337
7 4 333 260
8 3 171 138
9 4 342 243
Out 35/36 2,932 2,551
HOLE PAR CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT
10 4 377/333 305
11 4 333 325
12 5 524 430
13 4 344 228
14 4 355 329
15 3 154/129 122
16 5 519 429
17 3 149/126 120
18 4 320 319
In 36 3,075 2,607
Total 71/72 6,007 5,158
Year Champion Hometown Site
2023 Lindsey Thiele Wahoo Happy Hollow Club, Omaha
2022 Megan Whittaker Elkhorn Elks Country Club, Columbus
2021 Kirsten Baete Beatrice Awarii Dunes Golf Club, Axtell
2020 Katie Ruge Omaha Kearney Country Club
2019 Kate Strickland Lincoln Fremont Golf Club
2018 Nicolle Barmettler Elkhorn Yankee Hill Country Club, Lincoln
2017 Kaitlyn Krzyzanowski Scottsbluff Platteview Golf Club, Bellevue
2016 Hannah Thiele Wahoo Oakland Golf Club
2015 Danielle Lemek Doniphan Oakland Golf Club
2014 Danielle Lemek Doniphan Oak Hills Country Club, Omaha
2013 Morgan Smejkal Columbus Wild Horse Golf Club, Gothenburg
2012 Elizabeth Lydiatt Kearney Awarii Dunes Golf Club, Axtell
2011 Mary Narzisi Omaha Tiburon Golf Club, Omaha
2010 Susan Marchese Omaha Firethorn Golf Club, Lincoln
2009 Kayla Knopik Papillion Kearney Country Club
2008 Megan Bartlett Grand Island Norfolk Country Club
2007 Anna Christenson Lincoln Heritage Hills Golf Course, McCook
2006 Sara Sackett Cambridge The Pines Country Club, Valley
2005 Stephanie Schaefer Columbus Elks Country Club, Columbus
2004 Andrea Dunagan Grand Island Wilderness Ridge Golf Club, Lincoln
2003 Melissa Prasch Kearney Shadow Ridge Country Club, Omaha
2002 Elizabeth Morell McCook Omaha Country Club
2001 Maggie Gabelman Lincoln Ironwood Golf & Country Club, Omaha
2000 Elizabeth Bahensky Kearney Lochland Country Club, Hastings
1999 Elizabeth Bahensky Kearney Four Winds Golf Course, Kimball
1998 Steph Kolbas Lincoln Heritage Hills Golf Course, McCook
1997 Elizabeth Bahensky Kearney Beatrice Country Club
1996 Heidi Stark (Wall) Lincoln Riverside Golf Club, Grand Island
1995 Heidi Wall Lincoln The Country Club of Lincoln
1994 Susan Marchese Omaha Oak Hills Country Club, Omaha
1993 Rained out
1992 Sue Churchich Omaha Fremont Golf Club
1991 Ann Guiberson Bellevue Highland Country Club, Omaha
1990 Susan Marchese Omaha Happy Hollow Club, Omaha
1989 Judy Dykes Columbus Omaha Country Club
1988 Susan Marchese Omaha Hillcrest Country Club, Lincoln
1987 Susan Marchese Omaha Field Club of Omaha
1986 Kari Mangan Omaha Fremont Golf Club
1985 Kerre Dubinsky Lincoln Elks Country Club, Columbus
1984 Cathy Nelson Omaha The Country Club of Lincoln
1983 Susan Marchese Omaha Norfolk Country Club
1982 Susan Marchese Omaha The Country Club of Lincoln
1981 Cathy Nelson Omaha Oak Hills Country Club, Omaha
1980 Val Skinner North Platte Beatrice Country Club
1979 Nanette Circo Omaha Highland Country Club, Omaha
1978 Cathy Curry Columbus Fremont Golf Club
1977 Nanette Circo Omaha Happy Hollow Club, Omaha
1976 Nanette Circo Omaha Hillcrest Country Club, Lincoln
1975 Theresa Wanek Omaha Field Club of Omaha
1974 Jean Hyland Lincoln Omaha Country Club
1973 Christie Travnicek (Schwartzkopf) Wilber Lochland Country Club, Hastings
1972 Bunnie Phillips Norfolk Oak Hills Country Club, Omaha
1971 Christie Schwartzkopf Lincoln Norfolk Country Club
1970 Christie Schwartzkopf Lincoln The Country Club of Lincoln
1969 Christie Schwartzkopf Lincoln Riverside Golf Club, Grand Island
1968 Jean Hyland Lincoln Happy Hollow Club, Omaha
1967 Nancy Young Omaha Highland Country Club, Omaha
1966 Betty Marchese Omaha Fremont Golf Club
1965 Dorothy Schwartzkopf Lincoln Hillcrest Country Club, Lincoln
1964 Dorothy Schwartzkopf Lincoln Field Club of Omaha
1963 Dorothy Schwartzkopf Lincoln Beatrice Country Club
1962 Jean Hyland Lincoln Omaha Country Club
1961 Jean Hyland Lincoln The Country Club of Lincoln
1960 Nancy Young Omaha Skyview Golf Course, Alliance
1959 Dorothy Schwartzkopf Lincoln Highland Country Club, Omaha
1958 Jann Walker Omaha Happy Hollow Club, Omaha
1957 Jean Hyland Lincoln Hillcrest Country Club, Lincoln
1956 Jann Walker Omaha Field Club of Omaha
1955 Lucile Mann Lincoln Beatrice Country Club
1954 Phyllis Larson Omaha Omaha Country Club
1953 Lucile Mann Omaha The Country Club of Lincoln
1952 Lucile Mann Omaha Highland Country Club, Omaha
1951 Lucile Mann Omaha Happy Hollow Club, Omaha
1950 Lucile Mann Omaha Hillcrest Country Club, Lincoln
1949 Edith Goddard Omaha Field Club of Omaha
1948 Phyllis Larson Omaha The Country Club of Lincoln
1947 Phyllis Larson Omaha Omaha Country Club
1946 Phyllis Byrne Omaha Fremont Golf Club
1945 No Tournament
1944 No Tournament
1943 No Tournament
1942 No Tournament
1941 Betty Nolan Omaha Norfolk Country Club
1940 Betty Nolan Omaha Field Club of Omaha
1939 Florence Rietveld Omaha Happy Hollow Club, Omaha
1938 No Tournament
1937 Phyllis Larson Omaha The Country Club of Lincoln
1936 Adele Sidles Lincoln Happy Hollow Club, Omaha
1935 Adele Sidles Lincoln Eastridge Golf Club, Lincoln
1934 Bea Rohman Lincoln Shrine Club, Lincoln
1933 Mary Thalma Bangh Omaha Field Club of Omaha
1932 Bea Rohman Lincoln Happy Hollow Club, Omaha
1931 Ida Tobin Lincoln The Country Club of Lincoln
1930 Rosalee Burke Lincoln Omaha Country Club
1929 Gertrude Stewart Omaha Field Club of Omaha
1928 Mary Levings Omaha Eastridge Golf Club, Lincoln
1927 Mary Levings Omaha Happy Hollow Club, Omaha
1926 Jennie Fowles North Platte Lakewood Country Club
1925 Mary Levings Omaha The Country Club of Lincoln
1924 Jennie Fowles North Platte Omaha Country Club
1923 Jennie Fowles North Platte Field Club of Omaha
1922 Mary Levings Omaha Happy Hollow Club, Omaha
1921 Emma Arnold Omaha Omaha Country Club
1920 Ella Sprague Omaha Field Club of Omaha
1919 No Tournament
1918 No Tournament
1917 Gertrude Stewart Omaha Happy Hollow Club, Omaha
1916 Louise Pound Lincoln Field Club of Omaha

Championships

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
Dorothy Schwartzkopf 4
Christie 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)

Age

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)

Course

Most Times Host Site:

Happy Hollow Club, Omaha 12
Field Club of Omaha 11
The Country Club of Lincoln 10
Omaha Country Club 9

Match Play

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