FREMONT, Neb. — Jon Deines of Omaha jumped into the lead early and held off his competition to win the 17th Nebraska Mid-Amateur Championship at Fremont Golf Club on Sunday.
Deines, the 2005 Nebraska Match Play Champion, birdied two of his first three holes to overtake the lead and never relinquished it, shooting a 1-under 70 to finish at 138 (-4). Andy Sajevic of Kearney and Ryan Nietfeldt of Elkhorn finished three strokes back at 141 (-1).
Deines rolled in a birdie on No. 1 to tie the first round leader, Sajevic, at 4-under. After leaving another birdie putt on the lip on No. 2, Deines knocked down another birdie on No. 3 to take sole possession of the lead. Sajevic bogeyed holes No. 4 and 6 to fall two strokes back.
All three players drove it close to the short par-4 7th hole’s green, and got up and down for birdie. De- ines rolled in another birdie on the par 4 11th hole to reach 6-under and push his lead to three strokes. Sajevic was poised to make a move, as he made birdie on No. 12 and No. 13 presented a birdie oppor- tunity. Unfortunately, Sajevic hit his tee shot out-of-bounds and had to save bogey with four good shots. Deines and Nietfeldt also bogeyed though.
Sajevic had good looks at birdie on No. 14, 16 and 17, but the putts wouldn’t drop. Deines bogeyed the par-5 15th, but nearly holed a putt from off the green on No. 16, saving his par after a wayward drive. Deines then rolled in a tough par putt on No. 17, and after Nietfeldt and Sajevic found tree trouble on No. 18, he was able to two-putt his way to the win.
Andy’s father, John Sajevic, finished in fourth place at 143 (+1), while Lincoln’s Travis Minzel rounded out the top 5 at 144 (+2).
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