Senior Amateur Golfer of the Year Award (2017)
NAMED NEBRASKA SENIOR GOLFER OF THE YEAR AGAIN
The Nebraska Golf Association is proud to announce the selection
of Fremonts John Sajevic as the 2017 Nebraska Senior Amateur
Golfer of the Year for a record fifth time.
Sajevic has now won
the honor five of the six years it has been awarded, winning in
2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016 as well. He was also the Nebraska Amateur
Golfer of the Year twice, in 1989 and 1996.
top performance of the year added to what is already one of the
greatest resumes in Nebraska Amateur history. He opened the 109th
Nebraska Amateur at Beatrice Country Club with back-to-back rounds
of 68 (-4) to take the 36-hole lead. Sajevic would have been the
oldest winner by seven years had he won. He fell back after a
third round 74 (+2), but made a late final round charge to vault
back into the Top 5, finishing fourth at 280 (-8) after a final
round 70 (-2). The 280 (-8) total was the lowest 72-hole total
in Sajevic's 32 Nebraska Amateur appearances, by four strokes.
In June, the
61-year-old was tied for fifth in Stroke Play Qualifying for the
50th Nebraska Match Play Championship at Shadow Ridge Country
Club in Omaha. He made it to the quarterfinals, where he eventually
lost to Lincoln's Travis Minzel in a close match. On the way though,
he defeated 2015 and 2016 Nebraska Amateur Golfer of the Year,
and defending champion Rylee Reinertson of Gibbon, 2 and 1, in
the Round of 16.
just a stroke short of winning his third Nebraska Senior Amateur
title, when Omaha's Carl Johnson caught fire during the final
round and stole the show. Sajevic instead finished runner-up for
a record fifth time, including for the fourth time in the past
six years. In nine appearances, he has one finish outside the
Top 3, a sixth place finish in 2010.
to the semifinals of the Nebraska Senior Match Play Championship
at his home club, Fremont Golf Club, but couldn't push through
in one of the few events he's never won. After a clutch birdie
on the final hole to square the match and force extra holes, he
fell to Omaha's Skip Gist in 20 holes in the semifinals.
Sajevic finished tied for third at the Dinsdale Classic at Riverside
Golf Club in Grand Island, tied for 16th at the Indian Creek Invitational
at Indian Creek Golf Course in Elkhorn, and was the first alternate
at Sectional Qualifying for the 2017 U.S. Senior Amateur Championship
after losing in a play-off to Gist for the lone qualifying spot.
be honored at the Nebraska Golf Association's annual awards banquet
on Friday, November 17 at The Country Club of Lincoln. In addition,
the NGA will recognize its Junior Amateur Golfer of the Year,
Girls Amateur Golfer of the Year and Amateur Golfer of the
Year. The Nebraska Women's Amateur Golf Association's Player of
the Year will also be honored.
Read the full
story on Sajevic in the upcoming Winter Issue of the Nebraska