OMAHA — John Sajevic of Fremont keeps adding to his trophy case.
Sajevic was honored Friday night by The Nebraska Golf Association as its 2017 Nebraska Senior Amateur Golfer of the Year. Sajevic was recognized at the NGA’s annual awards banquet at The Country Club in Lincoln.
Sajevic has now won the award five of the six years it has been presented. He won in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016. In 1989 and 1996, he was named the Nebraska Amateur Golfer of the Year.
Sajevic, 61, opened the 109th Nebraska Amateur at Beatrice Country Club with back-to-back rounds of 68 (-4) to take the 36-hole lead. He fell back after a third round 74, but rebounded with a final round 70 to finish fourth.
In June, the Fremonter 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. Prior to meeting Minzel, 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 also finished as the runner-up to Carl Johnson in the Nebraska Senior Amateur. It was the fourth time in the past six years Sajevic finished second. In nine appearances he has finished outside of the top three just once — a sixth-place finish in 2010.
Sajevic also advanced to the semifinals of the Nebraska Senior Match Play Championship at the Fremont Golf Club. Skip Gist of Omaha edged him in 20 holes.
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 playoff to Gist for the lone qualifying spot.