NGA Announces 2020 Championship Schedule
Entries open March 2 on nebgolf.org
OMAHA (February 26, 2020) – Entries open for the Nebraska Golf Association’s men’s championships on March 2, and the schedule is packed with opportunities to compete at some of the top courses across the state.
A historic venue will host the 112th Nebraska Amateur Championship on July 27-30. Happy Hollow Club will host Nebraska’s most storied championship for a record-tying 16th time, again matching Omaha Country Club for the most all-time. The first three Nebraska Amateurs hosted by Happy Hollow Club were conducted at the club’s original site, which is now Brownell-Talbot School. However, the club’s current location, on 105th Street between Center and Pacific, has hosted 12 championships, beginning in 1927. Happy Hollow last hosted in 2010, when Fremont’s Andy Sajevic won his second of three titles. Other notable Nebraska Amateur Champions at Happy Hollow include Sam Reynolds (1914), Johnny Goodman (1931), Rod Bliss Jr. (1935, 1937, 1940 & 1948), Bob Fraser (1946 & 1954), Dick Spangler Jr. (1958) and Charlie Borner (1970). All are at least three-time champions.
The 53rd Nebraska Match Play Championship will be at another record-tying venue, Hillcrest Country Club in Lincoln, June 22-26. The club will host for the fifth time, matching the mark set by The Country Club of Lincoln. Hillcrest last hosted in 2007, when O’Neill’s John Hurley won his first of three titles. Both majors, the Nebraska Amateur and Nebraska Match Play, will be limited to 156 players with a maximum Handicap Index of 8.0.
The Players Club continues as the site of the 19th Nebraska Four-Ball Championship, hosting for the fifth time in six years, April 25-26. The field, which is limited to 52 sides, has filled on the first day the past three years. The 22nd Nebraska Mid-Amateur Championship travels west for the second time in three years, with Axtell’s Awarii Dunes Golf Club hosting for the first time on August 29-30.
The NGA’s senior championships will also open March 2, including the 22nd Nebraska Senior Amateur Championship at Norfolk Country Club (June 4-5) and the 10th Nebraska Senior Match Play Championship at York Country Club (September 14-16).
The NGA’s junior championships are also set, with entries opening on March 16. Riverside Golf Club in Grand Island will host the 58th Nebraska Girls’ Match Play Championship and the 31st Nebraska Junior Match Play Championship June 15-18. Scotts Bluff Country Club will be the venue for both the 20th Nebraska Girls’ Amateur Championship and the 53rd Nebraska Junior Amateur Championship, July 7-9.
For more information on the NGA’s championships, visit the Competitions section below.
About the NGA
The Nebraska Golf Association, founded in 1966, is comprised of all members of public and private clubs and/or municipal or regional golf associations which utilize an approved handicap service recognized by the USGA and provided by the NGA. Our mission is to uphold and promote the game of golf and its values to all golfers in Nebraska. Among the duties of the Association include governance of member clubs and service as their handicapping and course rating authority, conduct of state golf championships, local USGA qualifying & other notable competitions, promotion of junior golf, presentation of worthwhile educational programs and support of allied golf organizations in Nebraska. The Nebraska Golf Association is an Allied Golf Association of the USGA and carries out core services including Handicap Administration and Oversight, Course Rating, Rules of Golf and Rules of Amateur Status, Tournaments and USGA Championship Qualifiers and USGA Initiatives and Community Programs.