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Birdie barrage continues as Vontz advances to Nebraska Match Play quarterfinals
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Birdie barrage continues as Vontz advances to Nebraska Match Play quarterfinals

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Nate Vontz's incredible run at the Nebraska Match Play Championship is turning historic.

The Lincoln native continued his assault on the field and on Wild Horse Golf Club on Thursday, rolling through a pair of matches to reach the quarterfinals of the event in Gothenburg.

Vontz didn't go past the 15th hole in either of his matches, defeating Nebraska Wesleyan golfer Christian Ghilardi 8 and 7, and then taking down Omaha recruit Christopher Atkinson 4 and 3.

Vontz played Wild Horse's front nine in a whopping 10-under par over the two matches, going out in 29 against Atkinson in the afternoon.

Atkinson played the front nine in 3-under and found himself four down at the turn as Vontz made two eagles and three birdies.

Thursday's performance came after Vontz, a Lincoln Southwest graduate and current Creighton golfer, shot rounds of 64 and 67 during qualifying.

Vontz will take on former Creighton golfer Johnny Spellerberg in Friday morning's quarterfinals. Semifinal matches are scheduled for Friday afternoon, with the 36-hole final to be played Saturday.

Of Friday's other three quarterfinal matches, two will feature golfers will Lincoln ties.

Husker golfer Caleb Badura, the 2019 Nebraska Match Play champion, will take on Iowa Western golfer Grand Jabenis, with the winner getting the winner of the Vontz-Spellerberg match.

Lincolnite Travis Minzel will face former NFL running back Danny Woodhead, who now lives in Elkhorn, in another quarterfinal. Minzel won the 2004 Nebraska Match Play and has won three Nebraska Mid-Amateur titles, including the 2018 event at Wild Horse.

In Friday morning's final quarterfinal match, Andy Sajevic, last year's Nebraska Amateur and Nebraska Mid-Amateur champion and holder of eight Nebraska Golf Association titles, will take on Norfolk's Lance Lawson.

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A Ravenna native, Chris covers the University of Nebraska men's basketball team and assists with football coverage. He spent nearly 10 years covering sports at the Kearney Hub and nearly four years at the Springfield News-Leader in Springfield, Mo.

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