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Senior Amateur Golfer of the Year Award (2018)


Omaha – The Nebraska Golf Association is proud to announce the selection of Fremont’s John Sajevic as the 2018 Nebraska Senior Amateur Golfer of the Year for a record sixth time.

Sajevic has now won the honor six of the seven years it has been awarded, winning in 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017 as well. He was also the Nebraska Amateur Golfer of the Year twice, in 1989 and 1996.

The 62-year-old Sajevic continues to etch his name on trophies and write his name in the record books. He did both at the 20th Nebraska Senior Amateur Championship at ArborLinks in May. Sajevic won a record third Senior Amateur title, and did so in spectacular fashion, setting several other records along the way. His final round 66 (-6) is the lowest score in championship history, and his 139 (-5) 36-hole total is the second lowest, only behind his own record of 138 (-6), which he set in 2016. It all added up to a whopping nine-stroke win, shattering the old record for winning margin, which was previously five strokes. The win also gave Sajevic a ninth overall NGA title, which at the time tied him with Lincoln’s Knox Jones for the most all-time. Omaha’s Alex Schaake joined them at nine later in the summer.

At his home club in July, Sajevic added to an already incredible resume at the Nebraska Amateur. Sajevic just missed out on another Top 5 finish at the 110th Nebraska Amateur Championship at Fremont Golf Club, finishing tied for sixth at 285 (+1). It was the 23rd Top 10 finish of his career, which extends a record he already owns, and a 33rd Top 25 finish, another record. He’s now just one behind the great Larry Sock in a couple other categories as well, by making his 33rd 36-hole cut, and also making the cut for the 19th straight year.

In addition to those record-setting performances, Sajevic again advanced to match play at the 51st Nebraska Match Play Championship at Champions Run in Omaha, losing in the Round of 32. He finished tied for third at the 20th Nebraska Mid-Amateur Championship at Wild Horse Golf Club in Gothenburg, and teamed up with his son, Andy, to finish third at the 17th Nebraska Four-Ball Championship at The Players Club in Omaha. They were also the first alternates at Sectional Qualifying for the 2019 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship at ArborLinks last month. Sajevic added a T-3 finish at the Fremont Invitational, and a T-4 finish at the Dinsdale Classic to round out another great year.

Sajevic will be honored at the Nebraska Golf Association's annual awards banquet on Friday, November 16 at Omaha Country Club. In addition, the NGA will recognize its Amateur Golfer of the Year, Junior Amateur Golfer of the Year and Girls’ 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 December Issue of Nebraska Golfer.


Year Award Recipient Hometown
2018 John Sajevic Fremont
2017 John Sajevic Fremont
2016 John Sajevic Fremont
2015 John Sajevic Fremont
2014 David Clouse Friend
2014 Mike Krumland Columbus
2013 John Sajevic Fremont
2012 John Sajevic Fremont