Sajevic Jumps Out to Lead at Nebraska Mid-Amateur
First Round Conducted Saturday at Landmand Golf Club
HOMER (August 27, 2022) - Omaha's Andy Sajevic played a flawless round and jumped out to the lead after the first round of the 24th Nebraska Mid-Amateur Championship at Landmand Golf Club on Saturday.
Sajevic put together the only bogey-free round of the day, adding six birdies for a 67 (-6). His round was one off the course record at the newly opened course, and he leads by one stroke. The 2020 champion is looking for his second title and ninth overall NGA title.
The wind blew at Landmand Golf Club on Saturday, and the front nine played difficult into the wind. Sajevic had no issues though, making three birdies and turning in 33 (-3). He mad three more on the downwind back nine, including two two-putt birdies on Nos. 17 and 18 to close out his round.
The defending champion, Johnny Spellerberg of Bennington, is just a stroke back after a round of 68 (-5). He continued his stellar year with another low round, but was just even-par through eight holes. Spellerberg caught fire with birdies on Nos. 9, 11 and 12 though, and also closed with back-to-back birdies to take the clubhouse lead at the time.
Omaha's Doug Niemann is two strokes back after a round of 69 (-4). He had a wild round that included six birdies and an eagle, along with two bogeys and a double-bogey. Niemann will join Sajevic and Spellerberg in the final group on Sunday.
Three players are tied for fourth at 70 (-3), including the 2014 champion Trent Morrison of Omaha. He poured in an eagle putt on the 18th hole to get to 3-under, and was later joined by Elkhorn's Danny Woodhead and Omaha's Andrew Morrissey. Woodhead started with a double-bogey, but was 5-under the rest of the way, while Morrissey birdied his last three holes.
Omaha's Brad Rowe and Bennington's Daniel Huston both shot 71 (-2) and are tied for seventh, while Lincoln's Scott Tridle and Omaha's Dylan Heng round out the top 10, tied for ninth at 72 (-1).
The final round starts at 8 a.m., with the final group scheduled for 2:20 p.m. Pairings for the final round are available on the championship website below, along with the scoring page and additional information.
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