Nebraska Men’s Match Championship Participant Set

Nebraska Men’s Match Championship Participant Set

Nebraska Men’s Match Championship Participant Set

LINCOLN — No champagne Friday for the winner, just milk.

Or maybe a strong drink. Whatever the teenager wants.

Trevor Gutschewski and Beau Petersen, 35, will square off for the 57th Nebraska Men’s Match Championship at the Country Club of Lincoln.

The winner will be the youngest in the tournament’s history.

Gutschewski, 17, will be a senior at Omaha Westside, who has been committed to Florida for a year. Petersen, 18, is a recent Gretna graduate who signed with Northern Illinois.

Since the son of PGA Tour member Scott Gutschewski transferred to Westside two years ago, he and Petersen have competed against each other in the Class A spring competition as well as the state’s summer circuit.

“Trevor and I have been going back and forth, especially the last few years at the Ams,” Petersen said Thursday after completing the final pairing that starts at 7:30 a.m. Friday.

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Petersen, who repeated as the Nebraska Junior Amateur winner two weeks ago at Awarii Dunes, defeated the two oldest players to reach Thursday, former Husker Dylan McCabe in the quarters and Bennington’s Glenn Bills 2 and 1 in semifinals.

Petersen birdied the 15th hole for a 1-up lead, then won the 16th and matched Bills’ birdie on the 17th for the close.

“I played average, that’s how I felt,” he said. “I just beat the guys I was playing against and I just have to go and beat him tomorrow.”

Gutschewski’s wins Thursday were 3 and 2 over Creighton’s Jake Boor and 5 and 4 over Jackson Benge, his teammate on the Westside Class A teams.

“I grew up with Jackson. I really like. It was fun to beat him too.”

Gutschewski blew a 5-over lead over Benge after six holes, helped by birdies on the first three holes.

“It wasn’t too bad once you got that cue early to keep it,” he said.

Petersen did not have a fast start in any game Thursday. He will have to come up against Gutschewski.

“That’s the main thing I need,” Petersen said. “And I have to stay positive tomorrow. During the first game, maybe I let myself down a bit, but I think if I stay positive tomorrow and play well, we’ll see what happens.”

Semifinals: Trevor Gutschewski, Omaha, def. Jackson Benge, Omaha, 5 and 4; Beau Petersen, Gretna, def. Glenn Bills, Bennington, 2nd and 1.

Quarter-finals: Gutschewski won. Jake Boor, Omaha, 3 and 2; Benge def. Hamish Murray, Lincoln, 3 and 1; Bills def. Carson Kildow, Lincoln, 2 and 1; Petersen won. Dylan McCabe, Omaha, 3rd and 2.