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.

Leaderboard

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Entry Deadline: 5 pm CDT on July 13

Divisions

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.

 

Eligibility

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.

 

Players

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

Lodging
Information on lodging is not available for this event.

Prizes
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 - kearneycountryclub.com

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

Course Yardage

HOLE PAR CHAMPIONSHIP NON-CHAMPIONSHIP
1 4 331 313
2 3 130 103
3 4 301 291
4 5 480 432
5 4 314/269 276
6 4 373 298
7 4 388 327
8 4 318/259 265
9 3 160 120
Out 35 2,795 2,425
HOLE PAR CHAMPIONSHIP NON-CHAMPIONSHIP
10 3 129/140 119
11 4 275 260
12 4/5 385 354
13 4 290 281
14 5 481 456
15 4 312 303
16 3 154/175 121
17 5 495 385
18 4 395 318
In 36/37 2,916 2,597
Total 71/72 5,711 5,022
Year Champion Hometown Site
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
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)

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 11
Field Club of Omaha 11
The Country Club of Lincoln 10
Omaha Country Club 9

Match Play

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