Bennington's Amundsen leads after first day of 52nd Nebraska Match Play Championship

The 52nd Nebraska Match Play got underway yesterday at The Players Club in Omaha, and a wide-open race ensues for 99 of the best players in the state, including four, that are past champions. 

The championship continues with 18 holes of Stroke Play Qualifying today, after which the field will be cut to 32 players and seeded into a match play bracket.  Match play begins Wednesday, with the Rounds of 32 and 16, followed by the Quarterfinals and Semifinals on Thursday, and the 36-hole Championship Final on Friday.  Bennington’s William Amundsen shot an opening day 68 and holds a one-stroke lead.  Matthew Schaefer of Fordyce is tied for second and one shot back at 69.  Plainview’s Tucker Knaak carded a 70 and is tied for fourth place, Columbus’ Bryce VunCannon and Norfolk’s Kellen Rossman put up a 76, Atkinson’s Mason Hale shot 81, and Columbus’ Sam Morse carded an 88.

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