KU’s Bryce Brown Wins 47th Nebraska Match Play Championship

LINCOLN, Neb. – Kansas redshirt senior Bryce Brown defeated Carson Schaake, 2 and 1, to win the 47th Nebraska Match Play Championship Friday at the Country Club of Lincoln. 
Down two holes through 31 of the championship 36 holes of match play, Brown four straight down the stretch against Schaake to claim his first Nebraska Match Play title.
Brown qualified for the Nebraska Match Play Championship by shooting two even par rounds (72-72—144) of stroke play on June 23. He tied for 10th in the 163-golfer field and entered the 64-golfer match play as the 12th seed.
A Lincoln, Nebraska, native, Brown won six matches en route to the title with the first five being decided in 18-hole match play format. Brown defeated 53rd-seed Aaron Wong, 4 and 2, in the first round on June 24. He then proceeded to beat 44th-seed Michael Colgate (2 and 1) in the round of 32 and 28th-seed Mike Siwa (1 up) in the round of 16 over the next two days. Like the title match, Brown was down three holes against Sivva and won the final four to advance to the quarterfinals.
Brown continued his momentum from his victory over Sivva to defeat fourth-seed Rylee Reinerston, 5 and 4, and advance to the semifinals.  With a par on the 18th hole, Brown won his second match of the championship, 1 up, against ninth-seed Ross Dickson to advance to Friday’s finals against Schaake, the sixth seed. Brown was down as many as three holes to Dickson in the semifinals but rallied for the win.
Brown’s previous best finish at the Nebraska Match Play Championship was the round of 16. 
Brown, a senior who redshirted the 2013-14 season, has played in 10 tournaments in his KU career. He posted a scoring average of 76.9 in 2012-13.
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