LINCOLN – The first round of Stroke Play Qualifying for the 53rd Nebraska Match Play Championship is complete at Hillcrest Country Club in Lincoln, and three players are tied for the lead at 68 (-4).
Fourteen players finished their rounds under-par today, which is the most in a stroke play qualifying round since 2015 at The Prairie Club in Valentine. That year, 17 players broke par on The Dunes Course.
Three players sit atop the leaderboard, including Table Rock’s Calvin Freeman, Omaha’s Christian Hall and Norfolk’s Luke Kluver.
There’s also a number of past champions in the field that are within the top 32 today. The 1989 and 1996 champ John Sajevic of Fremont is tied for 23rd after a 73 (+1). He’s tied with 2002 champ AJ Elgert of Lincoln and defending champion Caleb Badura of Aurora. The 2003 champion Ryan Nietfeldt of Elkhorn is tied for 11th after shooting a 71 (-1). The 2013 champion Andy Sajevic of Omaha is tied for 15th after shooting even-par 72.