Nebraska Amateur Championship

112th Nebraska Amateur Championship

Happy Hollow Club, Omaha

July 27-30, 2020

Sajevic Triumphs for Fourth Time at Nebraska Amateur

Omaha's Andy Sajevic repeated the feat he accomplished 10  years ago, charging in the final round to win the 112th Nebraska Amateur Championship at Happy Hollow Club in Omaha on Thursday. Sajevic won his first Nebraska Amateur 10 years ago, nearly to the day, at Happy Hollow. He triumphed again today at the same place, shooting a final round 72 (+1) to cruise to a three-stroke win with a 281 (-3) total. It's his fourth title, and first in seven years, putting him in the company with four others who have won at least four Nebraska Amateurs. Sajevic joins Alex Schaake, Rod Bliss Jr., Sam Reynolds and Bob Astleford in the four-time club. Visit the Scoring tab above for full results, and view the recap and more below.

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Entry Deadline: 5pm CDT on Monday, July 20, 2020

Eligibility

Entries are open to amateur golfers with an active Handicap Index® based on ratings for men not exceeding 8.0 under the World Handicap System™ issued by a “member club” of the Nebraska Golf Association and a resident of Nebraska (see NGA residency below).

NGA Residency: An individual is considered to be a resident of Nebraska if they: a) maintain either a primary or a secondary residence in Nebraska, or b) are an active duty member of the United States Military stationed in Nebraska, or c) are a student physically attending college in Nebraska within a time period four-months prior to the event, or d) are a graduate of a Nebraska high school attending an out-of-state college. If these criteria are in question, the NGA Tournament Committee shall render any final decision.

Amateur Status: All players must conform with the Rules of Amateur Status as approved by the USGA.

Code of Conduct:

The NGA may reject an entry application, revoke an accepted application, expel from the Championship and/or suspend a player from future championships if the player engages in conduct detrimental to the integrity and image of the game of golf and/or public confidence in the NGA. Such conduct may include, but is not limited to, damage to the golf course or the player's equipment, verbal or physical abuse of spectators, officials, volunteers, or staff, blatant or excessive profanity, disorderly behavior, failure to abide by club rules, or any other unbecoming conduct.

Entry Fee

156 players eligible, comprised of both exempt players that file an entry and non-exempt players based on order of entry.  All players, including those exempt, must file an entry application. Entry fee of $200 must be paid by every player. Entry fee will be refunded regardless of reason if the NGA is notified (402-505-4653) before the close of entries. After the close of entries, fee will be refunded in the event of a medical condition, if requested no later than July 26. No refund for any reason after July 26. A $30 service charge will be deducted from all refunds.

Closing Date

Entries must be received by NGA no later than 5 p.m. C.D.T. on Monday, July 20, 2020. Late applications are not acceptable and will be automatically rejected. (Entries by telephone, mail, e-mail, or FAX not acceptable.) Time limit for entries means time of receipt at NGA (not time entry is sent or transmitted to NGA). Entries should be submitted early to allow ample time for delay or error in transmission. The risk of delay or error in transmission lies solely with the entrant and the NGA will have no liability with respect to any such delay or error and the consequences therefrom, including rejection of the entry.

Players

EXEMPTIONS
Players in the following categories will be eligible for exemption in the 2020 Championship only. The NGA reserves the right to revise any of the exemption categories. Exempt players who wish to participate in the Championship must file an entry no later than 5 p.m. C.D.T. on Monday, July 20, 2020.

Exempt Player List

NEBRASKA GOLF ASSOCIATION
A. Winners of the Nebraska Amateur Championship for the last 10 years (2010-2019)
B. Winners of the Nebraska Match Play Championship for the last 10 years (2011-2020)
C. Winners of the Nebraska Mid-Amateur Championship for the last 5 years (2015-2019)
D. Winner of the Nebraska Junior Amateur Championship for the last 5 years (2016-2020)
E. Winner of the Nebraska Junior Match Play Championship for the last 5 years (2016-2020)
F. Winners of the Nebraska Four-Ball Championship for the last 3 years (2018-2020)
G. Winners of the Nebraska Senior Amateur Championship for the last 3 years (2018-2020)
H. Winners of the Nebraska Senior Match Play Championship for the last 3 years (2017-2019)
I. Low Amateur at the Nebraska Open for the last 3 years (2017-2019)
J. From the 2019 Nebraska Amateur Championship, the lowest 35 scorers and anyone tying for 35th place
K. Round of 32 participants from the 2020 Nebraska Match Play Championship
L. From the 2019 Nebraska Mid-Amateur Championship, the lowest 10 scorers and anyone tying for 10th place
M. From the 2020 Nebraska Junior Amateur Championship, the lowest 5 scorers and anyone tying for 5th place
N. From the 2020 Nebraska Senior Amateur Championship, the lowest 5 scorers and anyone tying for 5th place
O. Semifinalists from the 2020 Nebraska Junior Match Play Championship
P. From the NGA PLAYER RANKINGS, the top 50 point leaders as of January 1, 2020
Q. From the NGA POINT STANDINGS, the top 25 point leaders as of July 20, 2020
R. Playing members of the Nebraska Cup Team for the last 3 years (2018-2020)
S. Playing members of the Nebraska Directors Cup Team for the last 2 years (2017-2019)
T. Playing members of the 2019 Nebraska Junior Cup Team
U. Nebraska Amateur Golfer of the Year Award recipients for the last 10 years (2010-2019)
V. Nebraska Senior Amateur Golfer of the Year Award recipients for the last 2 years (2018-2019)
W. Nebraska Junior Amateur Golfer of the Year Award recipients for the last 3 years (2017-2019)
X. 2019 NGA Boy’s Junior All-Star Team Members
Y. 2019 NGA Fall Junior Series All-Star Team Members
Z. Host Course Exemptions (2)
AA. Special Exemptions selected by the NGA Board of Directors (2020)

UNITED STATES GOLF ASSOCIATION
BB. Qualifiers for a U.S. Open Championship Sectional for the last 5 years (2016-2020)
CC. Qualifiers for the U.S. Senior Open for the last 5 years (2016-2020)
DD. Qualifiers for the U.S. Amateur Championship for the last 5 years (2015-2019)
EE. Qualifiers for the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship for the last 3 years (2017-2019)
FF. Qualifiers for the U. S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship for the last 3 years (2018-2020)
GG. Qualifiers for the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship for the last 3 years (2018-2020)
HH. Qualifiers for the U.S. Senior Amateur Championship for the last 2 years (2018-2019)

The following players have filed entries:

Practice Rounds
To make arrangements for a practice round players must contact Happy Hollow Club at
(402) 391-0239. The practice round rates are $55 (plus tax) if walking, $70 including cart (plus tax), and $115 (plus tax) for guests.

Practice rounds will be available beginning July 7th at a time convenient to the club.

*Practice rounds on Sunday, July 26th will be limited to participants traveling in that reside outside of the greater Lincoln and Omaha metro areas.

Championship Schedule
Monday, July 27
7:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. - Registration
7:00 a.m. - Practice Areas Open
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. - Round One, 18-Holes, Wave One
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Registration
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Round One, 18-Holes, Wave Two
3:00 p.m. - Practice Range Closes

Tuesday, July 28
7:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. - Registration
7:00 a.m. - Practice Areas Open
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. - Round Two, 18-Holes, Wave One
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Registration
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Round Two, 18-Holes, Wave Two
3:00 p.m. - Practice Range Closes

Wednesday, July 29
6:00 a.m. - Practice Areas Open
6:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Registration
7:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Round Three, 18-Holes
3:00 p.m. - Practice Range Closes

Thursday, July 30
6:00 a.m. - Practice Areas Open
6:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Registration
7:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Round Four, 18-Holes
Following Competition - Awards Reception

Exemptions
Exempt Player List

COVID-19 Championship Guidelines
NGA Guidelines

Terms of Competition
Entry Form Terms of Competition

Player Memorandum
Player Memorandum - Championship

Pace of Play Information
Championship Pace of Play Policy - Happy Hollow Club

Rules Documents
NGA 2020 Local Rules and Terms of Competition
Championship Notice to Players - Happy Hollow Club (Draft)

Media Guide
Nebraska Amateur Championship Media Guide

Happy Hollow Club

1701 South 105th Street
Omaha, NE 68124
Golf Shop Phone - (402) 391-0239
Website - happyhollowclub.com

General Manager - Dave Schneider

Director of Golf - Mike Antonio

Superintendent - Scott Axon

Course Yardage

The club's traditional front nine/back nine routing will be reversed for the championship (i.e. the club's 10th hole will be the championship's 1st hole)

HOLE PAR YARDAGE ALTERNATE YARDAGES
1 4 390
2 4 416
3 5 551
4 4 406
5 4 400
6 3 181 154
7 5 549
8 3 165 149
9 4 445 414
Out 36 3,503
HOLE PAR YARDAGE ALTERNATE YARDAGES
10 4 420
11 4 446 386
12 3 172 150
13 4 430
14 5 474
15 4 388
16 4 333 298
17 3 230 199
18 4 425
In 35 3,318
Total 71 6,821
Year Champion Hometown Score/Result Site
2020 Andy Sajevic Omaha 281 (-3) Happy Hollow Club, Omaha
2019 Alex Schaake Omaha 280 (-8) The Country Club of Lincoln
2018 Alex Schaake Omaha 271 (-13) Fremont Golf Club
2017 Alex Schaake Omaha 270 (-18) Beatrice Country Club
2016 Alex Schaake Omaha 280 (E) Omaha Country Club
2015 Rylee Reinertson Gibbon 286 (-2) Indian Creek Golf Course, Elkhorn (Black-Gray)
2014 David Clouse Friend 275 (-13) Norfolk Country Club
2013 Andy Sajevic Fremont 286 (-2) ArborLinks, Nebraska City
2012 Greg Sohl Wahoo 280 (-8) Scotts Bluff Country Club, Scottsbluff
2011 Andy Sajevic Fremont 290 (+2) Shadow Ridge Country Club, Omaha
2010 Andy Sajevic Fremont 282 (-2) Happy Hollow Club, Omaha
2009 Brandon Crick McCook 271 (-17) Ironwood Golf & Country Club, Omaha
2008 Jayson Brueggemann Lincoln 284 (-4) The Country Club of Lincoln
2007 Brandon Crick McCook 287 (+3) Firethorn Golf Club, Lincoln
2006 Brady Schnell Lincoln 276 (-12) Indian Creek Golf Course, Elkhorn (Black-Red)
2005 Keth Malone Lincoln 293 (+9) Omaha Country Club
2004 A. J. Elgert Lincoln 280 (-4) Fremont Golf Club
2003 A. J. Elgert Lincoln 286 (-2) Beatrice Country Club
2002 Ryan Nietfeldt Omaha 288 (E) Wild Horse Golf Club, Gothenburg
2001 Knox Jones Lincoln 286 (-2) Shadow Ridge Country Club, Omaha
2000 Ed Person Omaha 295 (+7) Ironwood Golf & Country Club, Omaha
1999 David Clouse Friend 284 (E) Woodland Hills Golf Course, Eagle
1998 Steve Friesen Lincoln 267 (-21) Lochland Country Club, Hastings
1997 Tom Olson Omaha 283 (-1) Fremont Golf Club
1996 Ryan Vermeer Omaha 293 (+5) The Country Club of Lincoln
1995 Jay Muller Omaha 284 (-4) Norfolk Country Club
1994 Dale Williamson Chadron 280 (-8) Scotts Bluff Country Club, Scottsbluff
1993 Larry Sock Lincoln 214 (+1) Firethorn Golf Club, Lincoln
1992 Craig Poet Lincoln 286 (-2) Riverside Golf Club, Grand Island
1991 David Pfaltzgraff Omaha 293 (+9) Omaha Country Club
1990 Mike Rack Lincoln 280 (-4) Oak Hills Country Club, Omaha
1989 John Sajevic Fremont 284 (-4) Lochland Country Club, Hastings
1988 Larry Sock Lincoln 292 (+4) Norfolk Country Club
1987 Mike Rack Lincoln 284 (-4) Hillcrest Country Club, Lincoln
1986 Frank Rose Omaha 287 (-1) Highland Country Club, Omaha
1985 Larry Sock Lincoln 284 (E) Fremont Golf Club
1984 Mark Maness Lincoln 281 (-7) The Country Club of Lincoln
1983 Bill Henderson Scottsbluff 280 (-8) Riverside Golf Club, Grand Island
1982 Mark Maness Lincoln 292 (+4) Happy Hollow Club, Omaha
1981 Dave Maurstad Beatrice 283 (-5) Scotts Bluff Country Club, Scottsbluff
1980 Steve Statton Lincoln 284 (-4) Lochland Country Club, Hastings
1979 Don Needham Offutt AFB 281 (-3) Omaha Country Club
1978 Mike Klein Scottsbluff 276 (-12) Norfolk Country Club
1977 Mike Hughett Lincoln 286 (-2) Hillcrest Country Club, Lincoln
1976 Tom Sieckmann Omaha 290 (+2) Capehart Golf Club, Offutt AFB
1975 Mike Klein Scottsbluff 271 (-17) Skyview Golf Course, Alliance
1974 Tom Sieckmann Omaha 284 (E) Fremont Golf Club
1973 Charlie Borner Lincoln 292 (+4) Highland Country Club, Omaha
1972 Dan Bahensky St. Paul 288 (E) Lochland Country Club, Hastings
1971 Jim Shade Norfolk 285 (-3) The Country Club of Lincoln
1970 Charlie Borner North Platte 290 (+2) Happy Hollow Club, Omaha
1969 Frank Rose Fairbury 282 (-6) Norfolk Country Club
1968 Charlie Borner Lincoln 287 (-1) Hillcrest Country Club, Lincoln
1967 Bob Astleford Omaha 291 (+7) Omaha Country Club
1966 Bob Astleford Omaha 289 (+1) Lochland Country Club, Hastings
1965 Bob Astleford Omaha 293 (+5) The Country Club of Lincoln
1964 Bob Astleford Omaha 280 (E) Beatrice Country Club
1963 Bob Astleford Omaha 278 (-10) Skyview Golf Course, Alliance
1962 Bob Astleford Omaha 281 (-7) Highland Country Club, Omaha
1961 K.K. Compton Omaha 280 (E) Beatrice Country Club
1960 Dean Wilson, Jr. Omaha 272 (+4) The Field Club of Omaha
1959 Bob Astleford Omaha 302 (+18) Omaha Country Club
1958 Dick Spangler, Jr. Lincoln 290 (+2) Hillcrest Country Club, Lincoln
1957 Dick Spangler, Jr. Lincoln 303 (+19) Happy Hollow Club, Omaha
1956* Bill Mowbray Lincoln 287 (-1) The Country Club of Lincoln
1955 Bob Astleford Omaha 7 & 6 Highland Country Club, Omaha
1954 Bob Fraser Omaha 6 & 5 Happy Hollow Club, Omaha
1953 Whitie Reed Lincoln 1 up Hillcrest Country Club, Lincoln
1952 Dick Spangler, Jr. Lincoln 1 up Omaha Country Club
1951 Byron Adams Lincoln 38 holes The Country Club of Lincoln
1950 Dick Knight Omaha 5 & 4 Kearney Country Club
1949 Don Spomer Lincoln 2 & 1 Hillcrest Country Club, Lincoln
1948 Rod Bliss, Jr. Omaha 3 & 2 Happy Hollow Club, Omaha
1947 Jim English Omaha 4 & 3 Hillcrest Country Club, Lincoln
1946 Bob Fraser Omaha 8 & 7 Happy Hollow Club, Omaha
1945 No Tournament - -
1944 No Tournament - -
1943 No Tournament - -
1942 No Tournament - -
1941 Bob Fraser Omaha 2 & 1 The Country Club of Lincoln
1940 Rod Bliss, Jr. Omaha 8 & 6 Happy Hollow Club, Omaha
1939 Elmer McKinney Kearney 5 & 4 Beatrice Country Club
1938 Matt Zadalis Omaha 1 up The Field Club of Omaha
1937 Rod Bliss, Jr. Omaha 3 & 2 Happy Hollow Club, Omaha
1936 H.R. Wilson Lincoln 3 & 2 The Country Club of Lincoln
1935 Rod Bliss, Jr. Omaha 1 up Happy Hollow Club, Omaha
1934 Jack Hoerner Hastings 5 & 4 The Field Club of Omaha
1933 Rod Bliss, Jr. Omaha 7 & 5 The Field Club of Omaha
1932 Rod Bliss, Jr. Omaha 10 & 8 The Field Club of Omaha
1931 Johnny Goodman Omaha 37 holes Happy Hollow Club, Omaha
1930 Johnny Goodman Omaha 9 & 8 Omaha Country Club
1929 Johnny Goodman Omaha 4 & 3 The Country Club of Lincoln
1928 Jack Pollard Omaha 1 up The Field Club of Omaha
1927 F.W. Porter Omaha 5 & 4 Happy Hollow Club, Omaha
1926 Sam Reynolds Omaha 8 & 7 The Field Club of Omaha
1925 E.M. Slattery Omaha 4 & 2 Lakoma Country Club
1924 John Redick Omaha 1 up The Country Club of Lincoln
1923 Sam Reynolds Omaha 7 & 6 Omaha Country Club
1922 Sam Reynolds Omaha 4 & 3 The Field Club of Omaha
1921 Blaine Young Omaha 1 up Happy Hollow Club, Omaha
1920 Ralph Peters Omaha 37 holes Omaha Country Club
1919 Sam Reynolds Omaha 4 & 2 The Field Club of Omaha
1918 Kenneth Reed Omaha 4 & 2 Happy Hollow Club, Omaha
1917 Guy Beckett Omaha 4 & 3 Omaha Country Club
1916 Sam Reynolds Omaha 5 & 4 The Field Club of Omaha
1915 John Redick Omaha 1 up Omaha Country Club
1914 Sam Reynolds Omaha 4 & 2 Happy Hollow Club, Omaha
1913 J.W. Hughes Omaha 2 & 1 The Field Club of Omaha
1912 Sam Reynolds Omaha 8 & 7 Omaha Country Club
1911 F.H. Gaines Omaha 10 & 9 The Field Club of Omaha
1910 W.J. Foye Omaha 5 & 4 Omaha Country Club
1909 F.H. Gaines Omaha 5 & 4 The Field Club of Omaha
1908 Blaine Young Omaha 4 & 3 Omaha Country Club
1907 H.C. Sumney Omaha 5 & 4 The Field Club of Omaha
1906 Sprague Abbott Omaha 4 & 3 Omaha Country Club
1905 E.P. Boyer Omaha 6 & 5 The Field Club of Omaha
* Championship format changed from Match Play to Stroke Play

Championships

Most titles: 8, Bob Astleford, Omaha (1955, 1959, 1962-1967)
Other Multiple Champions:
Sam Reynolds 7
Rod Bliss, Jr. 6
Alex Schaake 4
Andy Sajevic 4
Bob Fraser 3
Charlie Borner 3
Dick Spangler, Jr. 3
Johnny Goodman 3
Larry Sock 3
A.J. Elgert 2
Blaine Young 2
Brandon Crick 2
David Clouse 2
F.H. Gaines 2
Frank Rose 2
John Redick 2
Mark Maness 2
Mike Klein 2
Mike Rack 2
Tom Sieckmann 2

Consecutive titles: 6, Bob Astleford, Omaha (1962 to 1967)

Longest Span, First to Last Victory: 17 years, Frank Rose, Fairbury (1969-1986)

Longest Span Between Victories: 17 years, Frank Rose, Fairbury (1969-1986)

Father-Son Champions: John Sajevic, Fremont (1989) and Andy Sajevic, Fremont (2010, 2011, 2013, 2020)

Junior Champions: Ryan Vermeer, Omaha (1996); Alex Schaake, Omaha (2016)

Age

Oldest winner: 54 years, 3 months, 8 days, David Clouse, Friend, 2014 (Norfolk CC)

Youngest winner: 18 years, 6 months, 8 days, Ryan Vermeer, Omaha, 1996 (CC of Lincoln)

Course

Most Times Host Site:

Omaha Country Club 16
Happy Hollow Club, Omaha 16*
The Field Club of Omaha 15

*After hosting in 2020

Scores

Low Score, 72 Holes: 267 (21-under), Steve Friesen, Lincoln, 1998 (Lochland CC)

Most Strokes Under Par, 72 Holes: 21-under (267), Steve Friesen, Lincoln, 1998 (Lochland CC)

Lowest Score, First 36 Holes: 11-under (133), Steve Friesen, Lincoln, 1998 (Lochland CC)

Lowest Score, Last 36 Holes: 12-under (132), Alex Schaake, Omaha, 2017 (Beatrice CC)

Lowest Score, Any Round: 64 (8-under), Knox Jones, Lincoln, 1977 (Hillcrest CC); 64 (7-under), Nate Vontz, Lincoln, 2020 (Happy Hollow Club); 64 (3-under), Warren Hotz, Omaha, 1960 (Field Club of Omaha); Bob Astleford, Omaha, 1960 (Field Club of Omaha)

Most Strokes Under Par, Any Round: 8-under (64), Knox Jones, Lincoln, 1977 (Hillcrest CC)

Lowest Score, First Round: 65 (7-under), Steve Friesen, Lincoln, 1998 (Lochland CC); Brandon Crick, McCook, 2006 (Indian Creek GC); Jace Guthmiller, Lincoln, 2019 (CC of Lincoln)

Lowest Score, Second Round: 64 (8-under), Knox Jones, Lincoln, 1977 (Hillcrest CC)

Lowest Score, Third Round: 64 (7-under), Nate Vontz, Lincoln, 2020 (Happy Hollow Club); 64 (3-under), Warren Hotz, Omaha, 1960 (Field Club of Omaha); 65 (7-under), Rennie Sasse, Lincoln, 1975 (SkyView GC); 65 (6-under), A.J. Elgert, Lincoln, 2004 (Fremont GC)

Lowest Score, Final Round: 64 (3-under), Bob Astleford, Omaha, 1960 (Field Club of Omaha); 65 (7-under), Alex Schaake, Omaha, 2017 (Beatrice CC); 66 (6-under), Bob Astleford, Omaha, 1962 (Highland CC); David Clouse, Friend, 2014 (Norfolk CC)

Largest Winning Margin: 13, Steve Friesen, Lincoln, 1998 (Lochland CC)

Largest Comeback, Final Round: 7, Bob Astleford, Omaha, 1965 (CC of Lincoln)

Highest Winning Score: 303 (19-over), Dick Spangler, Lincoln, 1957 (Happy Hollow Club)

Most Players Under Par, 72 holes: 11, 1998 (Lochland CC)

All Four Rounds in 60s: Dean Wilson Jr., Omaha, 1960 (Field Club, Par 67); Mike Klein, Scottsbluff, 1975 (Skyview GC, Par 72); Steve Friesen, Lincoln, 1998 (Lochland CC, Par 72); Brandon Crick, McCook, 2009 (Ironwood G & CC, Par 72)

Miscellaneous

Most Runner-Up Finishes: 
Bill Spangler 4*
Dick Spangler Jr. 4
John Sajevic 4
Knox Jones 4
Sam Reynolds 4

*Never won

Most Top-5 Finishes (Since Stroke Play began in 1956)

Bob Astleford 15
John Sajevic 13
Larry Sock 11

Most Top-10 Finishes (Since Stroke Play began in 1956)

John Sajevic 23
Larry Sock 20

Most Top-25 Finishes (Since Stroke Play began in 1956)

John Sajevic 33
Larry Sock 20

Most 36-hole Cuts Made (Since Stroke Play began in 1956)

John Sajevic 35
Larry Sock 34
Tom Olson 30
Pete Godwin 22
Bob Astleford 21
Knox Jones 19
John Tomasiewicz 19*
Dave Maurstad 18
David Clouse 17
Mike Ley 17*
Dean Wilson Jr. 17
Bill Spangler 17*
Jayson Brueggemann 17
Jeff Epstein 16*
Craig Moyer 16*
Frank Rose 16
Dick Spangler Jr. 16

*Never won

Most Consecutive Years Making the 36-hole Cut (Since Stroke Play began in 1956)

John Sajevic 21*
Larry Sock 20

*Streak still active

Number of Playoffs: 11 in 112 Championships

 

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