Despite nonstop rain on Tuesday, the top boys and girls seeds advanced at the 57th Nebraska Girls’ Match Play Championship and the 30th Nebraska Junior Match Play Championship at Awarii Dunes Golf Club in Axtell.
Danica Badura of Aurora for the girls and Reed Malleck of York for the boys both rolled through their first two contests to reach Wednesday's matches.
Badura cruised into the girls semifinals after a 7 and 6 win in her opening match over Omaha’s Julia Karmazin and a 3 and 1 victory over Madi Schlaepfer of Gering in the quarterfinals.
Schlaepfer took down Kate Strickland of Lincoln, the 2018 Nebraska Girls’ Golfer of the Year and the 2018 Nebraska amateur champion, 3 and 1 in the round of 16.
Badura will face Lauren Thiele of Wahoo in the semifinals. Thiele defeated Adalia Maiyo of Lincoln 7 and 5, then Sydney Taake of Papillion 3 and 2 in the quarterfinals.
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It will be North Platte’s Baylee Steele against Omaha’s Jalea Culliver, the 2018 NSAA Class A co-champion, in the other semifinal. Steele will be looking for her first title after defeating Katie Ruge of Omaha 4 and 3 and Omaha's Kaitlyn Hanna — the other A co-champion — 1 up.
Malleck left no doubt about his No. 1 seed, needing just 27 holes to get through his two matches. He defeated Geran Sander of Lincoln 5 and 3, then took down 12-year-old Thomas Bryson of Lincoln 7 and 6 in the round of 16. Malleck will face Isaac Heimes of Norfolk in the quarterfinals Wednesday.
Josh Bartels of Lincoln also needed only 27 holes to get through the rainy day, winning 6 and 5 over Nolan Johnson of Gretna in his first match and 5 and 4 in his second over Jake Kluver of Norfolk. Bartels will next play Nolan Sughroue of Juniata.
No. 7 seed Tyler Welch of Seward is the only other top-10 seed remaining. Welch won his matches 6 and 5 over Ethan Shaw of Aurora and then 4 and 3 over Teddy Peterson of Omaha to advance. He’ll play Ian Lundquist of Oakland, who took down the No. 2 seed Chris Rasmussen of Elkhorn in the first round.
In the last quarterfinal, Omaha’s Josh Peters and Elkhorn’s Luke Gutschewski will square off. Peters won his matches 6 and 5 in the opening round and then 3 and 2 over the No. 3 seed Connor Vandewege of Lincoln in the round of 16. Gutschewski, the Class B champion, had to fight his way through a 3 and 2 win over Bryce VunCannon of Columbus, then pulled out a 1-up win over Richard Orth III of Omaha with a birdie on the 18th hole.