Six players broke par during the first round of Stroke Play Qualifying for the 52nd Nebraska Match Play Championship at The Players Club in Omaha on Monday.
Ideal conditions brought low scores from the morning wave, with all six under-par rounds coming from that wave. Bennington’s William Amundsen led them all, making five birdies, including four on a wild back nine, where he made just three pars and shot 34 (-2). Amundsen started with a much more traditional front nine 34 (-1) that included eight pars and a birdie. His round of 68 (-3) gives him the lead after the first round in the chase for medalist honors and the No. 1 seed.
Three more past champions are also right in the mix for match play, led by 1989 and 1996 champion John Sajevic of Fremont, who shot 72 (+1) and is tied with five others for 10th. His son, and the 2013 champion, Andy Sajevic of Fremont is tied for 16th at 73 (+2), along with two others, including the 2004 champion Travis Minzel of Lincoln.
After the first round, there are exactly 32 players at 4-over or better. The cut will be made to the low 32 players after the second round for the match play bracket.