NGA Announces 2022 Championship Schedule
Entries open March 1 on nebgolf.org
OMAHA (February 1, 2022) – Entries open for the Nebraska Golf Association’s championships on March 1, and the schedule is full of opportunities for golfers of all ages to compete at some of the top courses across the state.
The NGA's oldest championship will return to one of the toughest tests in the state, Firethorn Golf Club in Lincoln. The 114th Nebraska Amateur Championship is scheduled for July 25-28 at the Pete Dye designed course, which last hosted in 2007. McCook's Brandon Crick, currently a professional on the Korn Ferry Tour, won his first of two titles that year. It will be the third time hosting for Firethorn, which also hosted in 1993, when Lincoln's Larry Sock won his third and final title. Firethorn is also the home club of the defending champion, David Easley of Lincoln.
The 48th Nebraska Women's Amateur Championship will be conducted at the newly-private Wilderness Ridge Golf Club in Lincoln, August 1-3. Though the club has hosted other NGA championships, it will be its first time hosting the Nebraska Women's Amateur. Aurora's Danica Badura is the defending champion once again, and will be looking to become the third player to win three-straight titles. She would join Lincoln's Sarah Sasse-Kildow (2000-2002) and Omaha's Susan Marchese, who actually won five-straight (1982-1986).
Elks Country Club in Columbus will be the venue for the 99th Nebraska Women's Match Play Championship, the NGA's second-oldest contest. The championship will take place May 31-June 2, and for the third time at Elks CC. Kerre Dubinsky of Lincoln won the 1985 title there, and Stephanie Schaefer won in 2005 in her hometown.
The 55th Nebraska Match Play Championship is back at Riverside Golf Club for the second time. The Grand Island club will host June 20-24, 19 years after the first edition at Riverside, when Ryan Nietfeldt won the 2003 title where he grew up.
The Players Club will host the 21st Nebraska Four-Ball Championship for the sixth time in eight years. This year's championship is set for April 23-24, and the field has filled on the first day of entries each of the last five years. The 24th Nebraska Mid-Amateur Championship will venture to a special site and first-time NGA championship host, Landmand Golf Club. The new club in Homer will open shortly before the championship and has already drawn a significant amount of excitement.
The Nebraska Women's Mid-Amateur is back for a second edition. The NGA's newest championship will be conducted at Fremont Golf Club again, September 24-25. Women 25-years-and-older are eligible to compete, and in addition to the championship competition, the field will be flighted after the first round.
Entries will officially open at 8 a.m. on March 1 for these championships. Introduced in 2021, there will once again be a separate entry deadline for exempt players of the NGA's men's championships. Exempt players will need to enter at least one week prior to the championship deadline to guarantee their exempt status. If they enter after that deadline, their spot in the field will only be determined by order of entry.
The NGA’s senior championships will also open March 1, including the 24th Nebraska Senior Amateur Championship at Champions Run in Omaha (June 29-30) and the 12th Nebraska Senior Match Play Championship at Wild Horse Golf Club (September 20-22).
The NGA’s junior championships are set as well, with entries opening on March 15. Platteview Golf Club will host the 60th Nebraska Girls’ Match Play Championship and the 33rd Nebraska Junior Match Play Championship June 6-9. Wayne Country Club will be the venue for both the 22nd Nebraska Girls’ Amateur Championship and the 55th Nebraska Junior Amateur Championship, July 6-8.
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.