Two-time Champion Nietfeldt Leads Mid-Amateur
First Round Conducted on Saturday at Wild Horse Golf Club
GOTHENBURG (August 25, 2018) – Two-time Champion Ryan Nietfeldt of Elkhorn leads again after the first round of the 20th Nebraska Mid-Amateur Championship at Wild Horse Golf Club in Gothenburg on Saturday.
Nietfeldt, who won in 2001 and 2013, shot the low round of the day by two strokes, a 68 (-4). Starting on No. 10, Nietfeldt got off to a hot start, making birdie on No. 13 and following with an eagle on the par-5 14th. Another birdie on No. 16 pushed him to 4-under, where he would finish the day. Nietfeldt birdied the par-5 third hole to get to 5-under, but a bogey on No. 5 dropped him back. Nietfeldt also won the 2002 Nebraska Amateur at Wild Horse Golf Club.
Here what he had to say after his round:
Lincoln’s Jay Moore finished birdie-birdie to shoot 70 (-2), and he’s in two strokes back in second. Moore, the former Husker and NFL defensive end, made six birdies on the day, including four in his last seven holes. The 2014 Champion, Trent Morrison of Omaha, was the only other player to break par, shooting a 71 (-1). Morrison made seven birdies, rebounding from a rough start in which he was 4-over through four holes. He birdied three of his next four holes to turn in 37 (+1), and made four more birdies on the back nine for a 34 (-2).
Omaha’s Jacob Godwin is four strokes back after a round of 72 (E), before a big group of seven players tied for fifth at 73 (+3). That group includes three-time Nebraska Amateur Champion Andy Sajevic of Omaha and his father, John Sajevic of Fremont, as well as the 2010 and 2011 Champion Travis Minzel of Lincoln. The final round begins at 9 a.m. on Sunday, with the leaders set to start at 11:01 a.m.
Results can be found at the championship website here: