LINCOLN — Alex Schaake didn’t light up a victory cigar Thursday as Bob Astleford would have, but there are parallels between how the University of Iowa senior won his historic fourth consecutive Nebraska Amateur golf title and how Astleford got there first back in 1965.

Both were playing at the Country Club of Lincoln. Seventy-two holes weren’t enough to settle the title.

Schaake’s playoff, though, went on and on and on. He and state match play champion Caleb Badura went seven extra holes, twice playing the course’s holes 1-2-18 loop, before Badura blinked first with a drive into the trees on No. 1 and taking a bogey.

“I had a history of not playing well here,’’ Schaake said. “To come out here and grind some of the days I wasn’t playing very well, and to change my game plan a little bit on holes like 11, just making it a three-shot hole, I really was proud of myself this week. I showed a lot of grit, and my mental game was pretty good.”

Astleford, who beat Lincoln left-hander Matt Taber on the first extra hole in 1965 after tying at 5-over, went on to win in 1966 and 1967. Schaake said don’t look for him to pursue six in a row.

“Hopefully I turn pro before that,’’ Schaake said after the third round. “I might play one more, who knows. I don’t think I’m going to get there.”

He added Thursday: “With how good Nebraska golf is now and the talent coming up, it’s going to be even tougher to do in the future.”

Badura did his best to block No. 4. The Northwestern (Iowa) College golfer from Aurora birdied the 17th hole and nearly rolled in a 30-footer on 18 to finish at 8-under 280. Schaake was at 9-under but bogeyed the 18th after pulling his tee shot into the trees protecting the club’s swimming pool from the course.

Did Schaake know he had the lead?

“I knew after I hit it under the tree that I needed to make par,’’ he said. “I made a really great shot from under the side of the tree but just over the green and hit a bad chip and wasn’t very committed on my par putt.”

The first two times through the playoff loop of par-4 holes, Schaake and Badura went par-birdie-par. Holes 1 and 2 are drivable, although neither drove either one, and 18 is a sharp dogleg left. On the fifth extra hole, Badura’s chip on No. 2 stopped rolling inside a foot of the flagstick. Schaake’s bunker shot was on line but ran out 2½ feet short. Birdie-birdie.

“We both made a lot of putts. My short game was on point there,’’ said Badura, who said he was anticipating that 8-under wouldn’t have been enough with Schaake at 9. “I made a few clutch 5- and 10-footers.”

On the final hole of the playoff, Badura pulled his drive into the trees separating the first and fourth fairways and needed two shots for extraction. After Badura made a 10-footer to save bogey, Schaake ended the tournament’s longest playoff since 2004 by making a short par putt after lagging his uphill birdie putt.

“I played with Caleb the first two rounds, too, and he doesn’t miss a putt,’’ Schaake said. “The first round he rolls in a 15-footer, then a 10-footer, and on the par-3 12th he made like a 50-footer, and I just knew he was going to be in it the whole week no matter how he was playing.

“I wouldn’t be surprised to see him do very, very well in college, and if he keeps putting like that he’s going to be a top dog for sure.”

Also in contention in the late going were Noah Hofman of McCook and Ottawa (Arizona) University, Kansas-bound Luke Kluver of Norfolk and Jace Guthmiller from NU and Yankton, South Dakota.

Hofman (6-under) was one off the lead with Badura before a bogey 5 on 16 and a par on 17 after driving into the right rough. Kluver (5-under) also was one back after a birdie 4 on 13, only to make bogey from a fried-egg lie in the bunker on the par-3 14th and double-bogey 6 on the 15th after his drive caught high branches on the first tree in the right rough and barely dropped inside the fence.

Guthmiller (5-under) was in a three-way tie for second at 6-under until a bogey on 14.

The top five have a day off, then they go to Omaha for the Indian Creek Invitational that gives its winner a spot in next week’s Pinnacle Bank Championship on the Korn Ferry Tour.

Alex Schaake, Omaha 70-73-66-71--280

Caleb Badura, Aurora 68-71-73-68--280

Noah Hofman, McCook 69-74-69-70--282

Luke Kluver, Norfolk 68-70-72-73--283

Jace Guthmiller, Lincoln 65-75-73-70--283

Nate Vontz, Lincoln 69-78-69-70--286

Matthew Schaefer, Fordyce 70-68-76-73--287

Fernando Arzate, Bellevue 67-74-73-73--287

David Easley, Lincoln 74-76-68-70--288

Tanner Owen, Lincoln 71-67-77-73--288

Andy Sajevic, Omaha 70-73-73-74--290

Josh Bartels, Lincoln 70-75-75-70--290

Eric Peel, Omaha 75-75-73-70--293

AJ Elgert, Lincoln 71-79-72-72--294

Garrett Goldsberry, Lincoln 75-72-77-70--294

Alex Kubik, Aurora 78-73-74-70--295

Tucker Knaak, Plainview 78-74-71-72--295

Brian Csipkes, Gretna 75-75-72-74--296

Joel Brueggemann, Beatrice 76-77-70-73--296

Chris Rasmussen, Omaha 72-78-74-73--297

Kellen Rossman, Norfolk 74-79-69-75--297

Travis Minzel, Lincoln 73-71-81-73--298

Connor Vandewege, Lincoln 74-74-74-76--298

Tristan Nelko, Lincoln 75-72-76-75--298

Ryan Nietfeldt, Omaha 75-76-75-73--299

Josh Wilson, Papillion 74-73-77-75--299

Grant Jabenis, Omaha 69-78-76-77--300

Grant Johnson, Lincoln 74-78-73-75--300

Andy Gerch, Lincoln 75-78-74-73--300

Mitchell Klooz, Imperial 77-75-70-78--300

Wes Bernt, Kearney 74-78-74-74--300

Andrew Morrissey, Omaha 77-72-79-74--302

Cade McCallum, Grand Island 73-72-76-81--302

John Spellerberg, Bennington 70-78-76-78--302

Miles Russell, Omaha 80-71-79-72--302

Parker Waters, Omaha 78-73-78-74--303

Zach Hoffman, Omaha 76-76-76-75--303

Dan Huston, Omaha 75-72-78-79--304

Matt Kingston, Springfield 76-76-81-71--304

Trey Pittenger, Lincoln 76-74-78-76--304

Chris Kelly, Omaha 75-76-77-77--305

Glenn Bills, Grand Island 74-73-78-80--305

Matthew Unruh, Lincoln 74-74-78-79--305

John Sajevic, Fremont 74-75-79-77--305

Koy Potthoff, Omaha 78-75-74-78--305

Roger Sack, Lincoln 79-72-78-76--305

Matthew Quandt, Omaha 78-75-74-79--306

Vance Janssen, Blair 76-75-77-78--306

Brett Hoffman, Kearney 77-72-77-82--308

Christian Hall, Omaha 78-74-79-77--308

AJ Nolin, Omaha 76-76-78-78--308

Jake Boor, Omaha 79-73-77-79--308

Austin Murray, Kearney 78-74-81-77--310

Clay Peterson, Lincoln 77-72-77-84--310

Jace Kratzenstein, Kearney 79-74-78-79--310

Scott Tridle, Lincoln 80-73-76-81--310

Patrick Clare, Lincoln 80-73-76-82--311

Ryan Rogers, Omaha 77-74-82-80--313

Mason Hale, Atkinson 76-76-82-80--314

Alex Zillig, Lavista 80-73-78-83--314

Chase Keitges, Lincoln 72-76-88-79--315

Clint Farrar, Lincoln 79-73-80-WD

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