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Senior Amateur Golfer of the Year Award (2017)

SAJEVIC NAMED NEBRASKA SENIOR GOLFER OF THE YEAR AGAIN

Omaha – The Nebraska Golf Association is proud to announce the selection of Fremont’s 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.

Sajevic's 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.

Sajevic fell 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.

Sajevic advanced 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.

In addition, 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.

Sajevic will 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 Golfer eMagazine.


HISTORY

Year Award Recipient Hometown
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