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Sajevic wins third Amateur title

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NEBRASKA CITY — Andy Sajevic can’t say yet whether he’ll be back in 2014 to defend his pair of men’s golf state titles.

The question had to be asked, though, with the Fremont flash about to play his final season of college golf at North Carolina before graduating with a degree in economics.

“I’ll have to see how the year goes,” Sajevic said Thursday at ArborLinks after winning the Nebraska Amateur for the third time in four years.

“I’d love to play professional golf. That’s always been my dream.”

Not since Bob Astleford of Omaha won six years in a row in the 1960s has someone dominated the Nebraska Amateur like Sajevic.

Astleford won eight Amateurs, Sam Reynolds of Omaha seven and Rod Bliss Jr. of Omaha six. Reynolds and Bliss collected their titles when the championship was contested in match play.

Charlie Borner of North Platte needed six years to tally his three Amateurs. Larry Sock of Lincoln, the last to win three, needed nine years.

Sajevic is the fifth to sweep the state match play and Nebraska Amateur titles in the same year. The others were Borner (1970), Tom Sieckmann of Omaha (1974), Steve Friesen of Lincoln (1998) and Sajevic’s father, John (1989).

“Those are very good names, and it’s the second time this family has done it,” Andy Sajevic said. “That’s something that’s really special. A sweep was the goal of mine at the beginning of the summer.

“I stayed focused and played solid golf all four days.”

After shooting a 4-over 40 in the rain for his first nine holes of the tournament on Monday, Sajevic was 9-under par for his next 54 holes.

Going to the back nine Thursday, he was 5 under for the tournament and the only golfer under par.

This on a day when the Tar Heel wasn’t putting at his best. He missed four birdie putts inside 10 feet on the first five holes of the back nine and closed with three bogeys in the final four holes to finish at 2-under 286 for a three-stroke win.

“I couldn’t get any of those (birdie) putts to go in,’’ Sajevic said. “The greens are pure here, but tough to read.”

Calvin Freeman of Table Rock was the last golfer to stay with Sajevic. The Husker golf recruit, who shared the overnight lead with the champion, was even par on the front nine before making a 9 on the par-4 ninth hole to drop to 3 over for the tournament.

Tying for second at 1 over were Nebraska Wesleyan teammates Rory Doll of Lincoln (69) and Drew Taylor of Omaha (71) as well as Iowa recruit Carson Schaake of Omaha (71).

Andy Sajevic, Fremont ............................ 74-71-69-72—286

Rory Doll, Lincoln ............................ 71-73-76-69—289

Carson Schaake, Omaha ............................ 72-73-73-71—289

Drew Taylor, Omaha ............................ 75-75-68-71—289

Brian Csipkes, Gretna ............................ 70-74-74-72—290

Cameron Farrell, D. Dunes (S.D.) ............................ 77-70-68-75—290

Mike Siwa, Omaha ............................ 72-72-71-77—292

Calvin Freeman, Table Rock ............................ 75-68-71-78—292

Brock Ehler, Mitchell ............................ 75-72-72-74—293

Richard Schneider, Omaha ............................ 73-76-70-75—294

Ryan Nietfeldt, Omaha ............................ 79-69-75-72—295

Greg Stanek, Bellevue ............................ 73-75-69-78—295

Nick Vondrak, Omaha ............................ 77-76-74-69—296

Scott Sheldon, Omaha ............................ 79-71-74-72—296

John Sajevic, Fremont ............................ 77-73-74-73—297

Dylan Heng, Nebraska City ............................ 78-74-71-74—297

Mitchell Ryan, Omaha ............................ 77-72-73-75—297

Sam Meuret, Brunswick ............................ 80-75-73-70—298

Max Rudder, Lincoln ............................ 78-72-74-76—300

Clayton Peterson, Lincoln ............................ 73-72-73-82—300

Paul Mohr, Scottsbluff ............................ 75-76-77-73—301

Jayson Brueggemann, Lincoln ............................ 75-76-74-76—301

Sean Song, Omaha ............................ 82-68-71-80—301

Tanner Johnson, Broken Bow ............................ 82-72-75-73—302

Will Pieper, Omaha ............................ 75-80-72-75—302

Alex Schaake, Omaha ............................ 78-72-77-75—302

Scott Tridle, Lincoln ............................ 80-68-78-76—302

Wesley Bernt, Kearney ............................ 74-73-78-77—302

Daniel McKernan, Omaha ............................ 75-75-79-74—303

David Easley, Lincoln ............................ 77-77-74-75—303

Hayden Thomson, Lincoln ............................ 77-73-78-75—303

Steve Buroker, Bennington ............................ 81-72-75-75—303

David Clouse, Friend ............................ 74-75-79-75—303

Will Andersen, Dakota City ............................ 76-75-75-77—303

Robert Turley III, Omaha ............................ 75-76-75-77—303

Andrew Holloway, Scottsbluff ............................ 75-74-80-75—304

Corey Labenz, Lincoln ............................ 77-77-75-75—304

Evan Johnston, Omaha ............................ 80-71-76-77—304

Chris Rager, South Sioux City ............................ 76-75-83-72—306

Brian Fehr, La Vista ............................ 78-76-75-77—306

Adam Cordes, Papillion ............................ 74-75-79-79—307

Tom Kelley, Omaha ............................ 74-78-76-79—307

Mike Hannon, Hastings ............................ 78-77-78-76—309

Travis Minzel, Lincoln ............................ 77-78-74-80—309

Cameron Bargell, North Platte ............................ 79-75-76-80—310

Bryce Brown, Lincoln ............................ 80-73-76-81—310

Ryan Harris, Grand Island ............................ 80-73-80-78—311

Myron Parsley, Lincoln ............................ 76-77-79-79—311

Patrick Tryon, Lincoln ............................ 79-73-79-80—311

Tim Song, Omaha ............................ 81-72-78-81—312

Jeremy McHugh, Murdock ............................ 77-74-87-77—315

Patrick Lusk, Omaha ............................ 79-75-82-79—315

Erik Krzyzanowski, Scottsbluff ............................ 76-76-80-84—316

Matthew Unruh, Lincoln ............................ 83-72-82-81—318

Spencer Lindahl, Lincoln ............................ 83-71-92-73—319

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