LINCOLN – A field of former champions will compete at the 53rd Nebraska Match Play Championship at Hillcrest Country Club in Lincoln.
Stroke Play Qualifying rounds will be played today, Monday the 22nd, and Tuesday the 23rd to cut the field and determine match play brackets. Match play begins Wednesday, Quarterfinals and Semifinals on Thursday, and the 36-hole Championship Final on Friday.
Aurora’s Caleb Badura is back to defend his title and is one of nine past champions scheduled to play, including Bill Spangler of Lincoln (1987), John Sajevic of Fremont (1989 & 1996), David Clouse of Friend (1992), AJ Elgert of Lincoln (2002), Ryan Nietfeldt of Elkhorn (2003), Travis Minzel of Lincoln (2004), Andy Sajevic of Omaha (2013) and Bryce Brown of Lincoln (2014).
Fremont’s John Sajevic is currently tied for the most men’s titles of all-time with 10. Nietfeldt is just behind on the all-time list with nine titles, and a win would tie him with Sajevic and Alex Schaake of Omaha. Brown is a past champion who hasn’t competed much since winning in 2014, but he’s a member at Hillcrest and could have a leg-up on the competition.
Hillcrest Country Club is a par-72 layout that will measure around 6,913 yards for the championship.