DAKOTA DUNES | Corey Matthey opens defense of his Jividen Cup Match Play title Saturday against Tyler Kirkholm at Dakota Dunes Country Club.

Pairings were finalized on Thursday after qualifying ended, with the final four spots determined through qualifying. The remaining 12 positions were filled by a season-long points race that will ultimately decide Siouxland Player of the Year.

Morningside College golfer Matthey, in fact, will be shooting for his third straight victory in the Jividen Cup, named after legendary match play competitor Mike Jividen of South Sioux City.

Dakota Dunes, one of the top private courses in the country, is hosting the Jividen Cup for the first time.

Alex Kazos had the lowest qualifying score and earned the No. 5 seed, facing Connor Prescott in the opening round. Jason Vander Kooi was the second-lowest qualifier and plays Tyson Bodlak, while Keegan Bak is the No. 15 seed and meets last year’s runner-up Cody Holck, another Morningside linkster.

In all, there are seven players in the 16-man bracket with Morningside College ties, including head coach Todd Sapp, a winner in this even multiple times.

First-round matches begin at 9 a.m. Saturday and the second round follows in the afternoon. The semifinals and finals will be played on Sunday.

The Leo Division, for players 50 and over, also filled its final four spots through qualifying. Former winner Dan Brooks was the low qualifier and as No. 5 seed will tangle with Joe Ward in the first round.

Mike Gregg earned the 11th seed to go up against Gary Stieneke, Jim Le Moine is the No. 15 seed and plays Sam Prue, winner of both the Men’s City and River-Cade Senior Divisions, while Kevin Schwaderer will match up against defending Leo Cup champ Brent Weitzel.

Matthey defeated Holck 5 and 4 in last year’s Jividen Cup championship match, while Weitzel beat Brooks 3 and 2.

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