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Sajevic, Persons, Spellerberg qualify for U.S. Mid-Amateur

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Omaha’s Andy Sajevic, Bennington’s Johnny Spellerberg and Josh Persons of Fargo, North Dakota secured spots in the 2022 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship on Tuesday through qualifying at Shadow Ridge Country Club in Omaha.

Sajevic, who has an incredible track record at Shadow Ridge, earned medalist honors and the first qualifying spot with round of 66 (-6). He won the 2011 Nebraska Amateur at Shadow Ridge, and has also qualified for two other USGA Championships there, the U.S. Amateur and U.S. Amateur Four-Ball. Sajevic has also qualified for the U.S. Mid-Amateur at the club before.

Spellerberg started hot, birdieing six of his first 11 holes to take the early lead, but a bogey-double-bogey finish left him waiting to see if he would advance. He posted a 69 (-3), as did Persons, and they would take the other two qualifying spots. It’s the first USGA Championship for Spellerberg, the 2022 Nebraska Match Play Champion, while Persons has played in multiple U.S. Amateurs and played in the 2022 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball.

Jon Olson of Ankeny, Iowa fired a 70 (-2) and is the first alternate, while seven players tied at 71 (-1) and a playoff determined the second alternate spot. Lincoln’s Ed Wyatt won that playoff with a birdie on the first playoff hole.

Sajevic, Spellerberg and Persons advance to the 41st U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship at Erin Hills in Erin, Wisconsin, September 10-15, 2022.


After his winning day, Andy talked about the day.

Johnny Spellerberg talked about reaching one of his golf goals after his round.

Courtesy of the Nebraska Golf Association.


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