Elgert Wins 2002 Nebraska Match Play Championship
July 26, 2002
MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State's A.J. Elgert claimed his first Nebraska Match Play title Friday by defeating Rob Mullin 4 and 3 in the 36-hole championship final at Indian Creek Golf Course in Elkhorn, Neb.
Elgert, a native of Lincoln, Neb., blistered the Black Bird layout with a 29 on the front nine, two shots better than Mullin. The junior-to-be birdied holes No. 1, No. 2, No. 4, No. 5 and No. 9, and had an eagle on No. 7. Mullin had birdies on No. 5, No. 6 and No. 7, and an eagle on No. 4. Elgert led 2-up after the opening nine.
Later in the round, Elgert moved to 3-up with par on No. 13, only to see Mullin win the No. 17 hole with a bogey, and the No. 18 with a birdie, leaving Elgert 1-up with 18 holes to play. In the afternoon, Mullin squared the match on the No. 21 hole with a par, but Elgert quickly countered with an eagle on the following par five. He never trailed again as Mullin found water hazards on holes No. 24 and No. 25.
Elgert made back-to-back birdies on holes No. 30 and No. 31 and closed out the match on the par five, No. 33 with par.
Elgert was thrilled with the victory. "I've been waiting a long time for this day, to beat the best players in the state. It's a dream come true."
Elgert was the 2000 Nebraska Junior Amateur Champion and the 1999 Co-Junior Amateur Golfer of the Year. He had a season average of 73.94 over 33 holes as a sophomore and eight top 20 finishes for the Wildcats.