The 52nd Nebraska Match Play kicks off this morning at The Players Club in Omaha, and a wide-open race will ensue for 99 of the best players in the state, including four past champions.
The championship begins with 36 holes of Stroke Play Qualifying today and tomorrow, 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. Though four past champions are competing, the defending champion is missing from the field. After capturing his first Nebraska Match Play title last year, Omaha’s Alex Schaake will instead be playing in the Sunnehanna Amateur, a high-level, national event in Pennsylvania. John Sajevic of Fremont is one of the four past champions that will be competing this year. Sajevic is just coming off a win at the 2019 Nebraska Senior Amateur Championship last week, his record fourth, and will look to keep that momentum going. Other golfers participating include Norfolk’s Kellen Rossman; Plainview’s Tucker Knaak; Fordyce’ Matthew Schaefer; Columbus’ Bryce VunCannon & Sam Morse; & Atkinson’s Mason Hale.