Sajevic pulls off Nebraska Senior defense with strong back nine
John Sajevic (Nebraska Golf Association/Twitter photo)
John Sajevic, just a week removed from playing the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball with his son Andy, further cemented his place in Nebraska golf lore on Tuesday. He won the Nebraska Senior Amateur for the second time in a row and the fourth time overall. It was his 10th career Nebraska Golf Association title.
Sajevic opened with an even-par 72 despite tough, windy conditions at Wilderness Ridge Golf Club in Lincoln. It gave him an immediate three-shot lead.
On Day 2, chaser Todd Pospisil had two birdies in his opening four holes, and three in his first six. He took the lead entering the back nine, but immediately double-bogeyed the 10th and followed it with six more bogeys on that side to fall out of contention. Sajevic regained the lead and never looked back.
Sajevic told himself it was a marathon, not a sprint, and buckled in. Jay Muller was also keeping pace.
“You kind of just have to play your game,” Sajevic said. “If you start to think about shots you can give away, you’ll give them away. I try to stay focused and play each shot one at a time, each hole one at a time.”
Muller birdied No. 17 to get within one shot of Sajevic entering the final hole. Sajevic just wanted a par, and it turned out to be enough to edge Muller by one shots and Pospisil by four shots.
ABOUT THE Nebraska Senior Amateur
36 hole championship. In addition to the overall
champion, gross and net prizes are awarded for
age divisions: 50-57, 58-64, and 65+.
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