VALENTINE, NEB. (June 15, 2015) -- Play concluded today at the 48th Nebraska Match Play hosted by The Prairie Club in Valentine, Neb. After two rounds of stroke play, the field of over 150 amateurs was cut down to 32 match play qualifiers, who took to the Tom Lehman designed Pines Course to crown a champion.
After a tough first round match the lasted 19 holes, Michael Colgate of Sarosta, Fla. cruised through his next three matches to face Lance Lawson in the finals. Lawson was a teammate of Colgate’s at the University of Nebraska Kearney and finished runner-up in this event in 2013.
The match was very back and forth in the beginning as birdies made by one player would be followed up by birdies made by his opponent. Thus, the match was all square through 14 holes until Colgate reeled off birdies at the par 5 15th hole and the par 3 17th hole, taking a 2-up lead in to the 2nd 18 holes. Colgate didn’t cool down on the next 18 as early birdies on the 20th and 21st gave him a commanding 4 up advantage. Lawson fired back with birdies of his own but he was outdone in the end, losing to his former teammate on the 32nd hole, 5&4.
Having played in the U.S. Amateur and U.S. Junior Amateur, Colgate is no stranger to big events and tough competition. This victory will be another accomplishment to add to his list and will surely give him confidence going forward in the summer and into senior year at Kearney.
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