BELLEVUE, Neb. (June 27, 2012) -- The top four seeds advanced in the opening round of the 45th Nebraska Match Play Championship at Platteview Country Club. Defending champion Kevin Stanek topped Tommy Hamilton of Omaha 2 and 1 in the day's opening match. The pair of golfers are cousins. 2011 runner-up, Wesley Bernt of Kearney defeated Preston Walford of Tekamah 2 and 1. Stanek and Bernt were awarded the 1 and 2 seeds respectively based on last year's performance.
Qualifying medalist and 3 seed, Mitchell Ryan of Omaha (pictured), defeated Mark Wright, also of Omaha 5 and 4. The 4th seeded Carson Schaake (Omaha) defeated 2008 Amateur champion, Jayson Brueggemann of Lincoln 1 up. Hamilton, Walford, Wright and Brueggemann advanced to match play following a play-off along with Jordan Arernsdorf of North Platte. All five were eliminated in first round action.
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