Weather played a major role in the first round of the 21st Nebraska Senior Amateur Championship at Wilderness Ridge Golf Club in Lincoln, and it was three-time champion John Sajevic of Fremont who charged into the lead.
Thunderstorms and heavy rain rolled into Lincoln just as play was about to start, and delayed play for four hours. More than two inches of rain fell on Wilderness Ridge, soaking the course and creating some difficult playing conditions for the 78 competitors. Play eventually started with a 12 p.m. shotgun, and players dealt with windy and soft conditions.
Sajevic handled the conditions the best, shooting a round of 72 (+1) to lead by three strokes. The defending champion started on No. 7, making double-bogey to begin his round. However, he bounced back with a birdie on the par-5 ninth hole, and also made birdies on No. 14 and No. 5. The 2008, 2016 and 2018 champion is looking to add to his already record three titles, and also capture a record 10th NGA men’s title.
The final round begins Tuesday at 8 a.m., with the leaders set to start at 10 a.m. off No. 1.