Norfolk CC Awaits Talented Nebraska Mid-Amateur Field
Championship Begins Saturday at Norfolk Country Club
OMAHA (August 26, 2021) - A talented field is ready for the 23rd Nebraska Mid-Amateur Championship this weekend at Norfolk Country Club, including four past champions.
This will be the first time hosting the championship for Norfolk Country Club, but the club has hosted many other NGA championships, including last year's Nebraska Senior Amateur, and the 2014 Nebraska Amateur Championship.
The field of 78 players includes four past champions, including the defending champion, Andy Sajevic of Omaha. After four runner-up finishes in five years, Sajevic broke through with an impressive win last year at Awarii Dunes Golf Club in Axtell. He set a couple championship scoring records along the way, matching the low score for 36 holes with his 138 total, and setting new record with his 6-under total.
Sajevic also won his fourth Nebraska Amateur title last summer, and has followed up this year with a runner-up finish at the Nebraska Match Play and recently qualified for the 2021 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship. He'll play alongside Omaha's Eric Peel and Brad Rowe at 11 a.m. off No. 1.
Elkhorn’s Ryan Nietfeldt is looking to break a three-way tie and win his fourth Nebraska Mid-Amateur trophy. Nietfeldt won his third title in 2019 at Fremont Golf Club, to join Lincoln's Travis Minzel and Omaha's Patrick Duffy in the record books. He's scheduled to play with a couple fellow members of The Players Club, Dan Huston of Omaha and Curtis Taylor of Bennington, at 10 a.m. off No. 10.
Duffy is not in the field, but Minzel, who was named the Husker assistant men's golf coach this summer, is also looking for a fourth title. Minzel won his third title in 2018, and is set to play with Omaha's Miles Russell and Cole Grandfield. Russell led after the first round of the Nebraska Amateur last month, while Grandfield won the Nebraska Four-Ball in April with his partner Ryan Turek of Omaha. They'll tee it up at 9:40 a.m. off No. 10.
Trent Morrison of Omaha is back to compete again. He won his title in 2014 at Beatrice Country Club, where he won by a stroke over Nietfeldt. Morrison will play with Elkhorn's Danny Woodhead and Bennington's William Amundsen at 10:20 a.m. off No. 1.
A trio of contenders from Lincoln will tee it up at 9:50 a.m. off No. 10. That group includes Jay Moore, who recently qualified for the 2021 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship, along with Sajevic. Moore finished runner-up to Sajevic in this championship last year, after a record final round of 65 (-7). Scott Tridle and Jayson Brueggemann will join Moore, all looking for a first Nebraska Mid-Amateur title.
Another talented group will start a couple groups before that at 9:30 a.m. off No. 10, including Bennington's Johnny Spellerberg, Gretna's Brian Csipkes and Norfolk's Lance Lawson.
The 36-hole stroke play championship begins at 9 a.m. with a starting times off both No. 1 and 10 on Saturday for Round One. The Final Round will begin at 9 a.m. on Sunday with starting times off both sides once again.
Pairings for the first round are available on the championship website below, along with the scoring page and additional information.
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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.