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Husker Tanner Owen, Norfolk's Luke Kluver among three tied for Nebraska Men's Amateur lead

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LINCOLN — Three golfers go into Wednesday’s third round of the 111th Nebraska Amateur tied for the lead, and the final twosome matches Big Ten against Big 12.

Tanner Owen, the University of Nebraska’s steadiest golfer last year, shot 67 Tuesday to catch up to Norfolk’s Luke Kluver, the three-time Class A high school champion who signed with Kansas, after he posted a 2-under 70 at the Country Club of Lincoln.

Both are at 6-under 138 after 36 holes, as is incoming South Dakota State golfer Matthew Schaefer from Fordyce, Nebraska, and Hartington Cedar Catholic.

Schaefer also made up ground in the second round, shooting 68. He and Owen had Tuesday’s only scores in the 60s, and only four others broke par after 14 did it Monday.

Nine golfers are still under par, including three-time defending champion Alex Schaake of Omaha. The Iowa senior-to-be lacked consistency with his 73, making five bogeys against four birdies. He’s five shots back (1-under 143) as he tries to become the first since the late Bob Astleford of Omaha to win the tournament four years in a row.

One stroke back is state match-play champion Caleb Badura of Aurora (71), who’s at 139. First-round leader Jace Guthmiller, who’s completed his eligibility at NU, made no birdies and shot 75 to fall two back at 140.

Owen, from Parkville, Missouri, made six birdies after opening with a bogey on the par-3 10th.

“The biggest thing was I finally saw a couple putts go in, especially early. It gave me confidence to keep it going,’’ he said. “A 67 was definitely out there today, even a couple strokes lower.”

A final-hole bogey spoiled a clean sheet for Schaefer, who is transferring to SDSU from Northeast Community College in Norfolk. And it ultimately kept him from the outright lead.

“I putted really well, a lot of one-putts and some good par saves,’’ Schaefer said.

A contender for best par save of the day would be Kluver’s 3 on the 10th hole after he shanked his tee shot into the 17th fairway. The save kept him at 6-under, and he birdied the next hole. Two bogeys followed, and he needed a birdie 4 on 17 to be the first in at 6-under.

“Based off yesterday I wanted to get the putter rolling. The greens definitely were at a higher speed today and a little bit smoother in the morning than yesterday afternoon,’’ Kluver said. “I made a nice putt on 2 for eagle. It was a slower back nine, a deal where I didn’t take advantage of the holes I needed to.

“I made a good birdie on 17 to clean up the round. I definitely thought it was a little tougher out there today with the wind picking up a little bit and the greens firmer and faster.”

Luke Kluver, Norfolk 68-70—138

Tanner Owen, Lincoln 71-67—138

Matthew Schaefer, Fordyce 70-68—138

Caleb Badura, Aurora 68-71—139

Jace Guthmiller, Lincoln 65-75—140

Fernando Arzate, Bellevue 67-74—141

Noah Hofman, McCook 69-74—143

Andy Sajevic, Omaha 70-73—143

Alex Schaake, Omaha 70-73—143

Travis Minzel, Lincoln 73-71—144

Josh Bartels, Lincoln 70-75—145

Cade McCallum, Grand Island 73-72—145

Nate Vontz, Lincoln 69-78—147

Glenn Bills, Grand Island 74-73—147

Grant Jabenis, Omaha 69-78—147

Josh Wilson, Papillion 74-73—147

Tristan Nelko, Lincoln 75-72—147

Dan Huston, Omaha 75-72—147

Garrett Goldsberry, Lincoln 75-72—147

Matthew Unruh, Lincoln 74-74—148

John Spellerberg, Bennington 70-78—148

Chase Keitges, Lincoln 72-76—148

Connor Vandewege, Lincoln 74-74—148

Brett Hoffman, Kearney 77-72—149

Andrew Morrissey, Omaha 77-72—149

Clay Peterson, Lincoln 77-72—149

John Sajevic, Fremont 74-75—149

AJ Elgert, Lincoln 71-79—150

David Easley, Lincoln 74-76—150

Eric Peel, Omaha 75-75—150

Brian Csipkes, Gretna 75-75—150

Trey Pittenger, Lincoln 76-74—150

Chris Rasmussen, Omaha 72-78—150

Alex Kubik, Aurora 78-73—151

Vance Janssen, Blair 76-75—151

Miles Russell, Omaha 80-71—151

Chris Kelly, Omaha 75-76—151

Parker Waters, Omaha 78-73—151

Roger Sack, Lincoln 79-72—151

Ryan Nietfeldt, Omaha 75-76—151

Ryan Rogers, Omaha 77-74—151

Wes Bernt, Kearney 74-78—152

Grant Johnson, Lincoln 74-78—152

Zach Hoffman, Omaha 76-76—152

AJ Nolin, Omaha 76-76—152

Mitchell Klooz, Imperial 77-75—152

Tucker Knaak, Plainview 78-74—152

Jake Boor, Omaha 79-73—152

Christian Hall, Omaha 78-74—152

Austin Murray, Kearney 78-74—152

Mason Hale, Atkinson 76-76—152

Clint Farrar, Lincoln 79-73—152

Matt Kingston, Springfield 76-76—152

Kellen Rossman, Norfolk 74-79—153

Jace Kratzenstein, Kearney 79-74—153

Alex Zillig, La Vista 80-73—153

Koy Potthoff, Omaha 78-75—153

Andy Gerch, Lincoln 75-78—153

Joel Brueggemann, Beatrice 76-77—153

Scott Tridle, Lincoln 80-73—153

Patrick Clare, Lincoln 80-73—153

Matthew Quandt, Omaha 78-75—153

Missed the cut

JT Hudson, Omaha 80-74—154

Preston Carbaugh, Cambridge 79-75—154

Brandt Radloff, Blair 80-74—154

Michael Wilhelm, Omaha 73-81—154

Dave Shillinglaw, Bellevue 78-76—154

Steven Ritzman, Omaha 76-78—154

Mike Siwa, Omaha 75-79—154

Dalton Mogul, York 76-78—154

Brandon Morris, Bennington 74-81—155

Jay Moore, Lincoln 79-76—155

Jordan Silvertrust, Lincoln 78-77—155

Bill Spangler, Lincoln 79-76—155

Tyler Welch, Seward 79-76—155

Ben Svehla, Lincoln 79-77—156

Tyler Crandon, Lincoln 80-76—156

Andrew Godwin, Omaha 76-80—156

Reed Malleck, York 77-80—157

Evan Macke, Omaha 79-78—157

Danny Woodhead, Omaha 78-79—157

Jayson Brueggemann, Lincoln 76-81—157

Graham Southwick, Beatrice 81-77—158

Jordan Arensdorf, Kearney 77-81—158

Jacob Reckin, Bellevue 75-83—158

Grant Case, York 80-78—158

Mark Wright, Omaha 78-80—158

Bode Hill, Fremont 79-79—158

Kevin Sullivan, Omaha 79-79—158

Aden Pesicka, Omaha 79-80—159

Josh Peters, Omaha 86-73—159

Ben Haney, Lincoln 77-82—159

Luke Gutschewski, Omaha 82-77—159

Daniel Pearson, Lincoln 85-74—159

Grant Maser, Gering 79-80—159

Sam Morse, Columbus 85-75—160

Corey Labenz, Lincoln 76-84—160

Jake Kluver, Norfolk 77-84—161

Jacob Godwin, Omaha 78-83—161

Thelbert Baumbach, Lincoln 80-81—161

John Lapour, Omaha 75-86—161

Luke Grossnicklaus, Aurora 82-79—161

Chris Basnett, Lincoln 80-82—162

Drew D’Ercole, Papillion 78-84—162

Daniel Bock, Omaha 80-82—162

Patrick Tryon, Lincoln 80-82—162

Preston Walford, Fremont 84-78—162

Rourke Jensen, Lincoln 81-81—162

James Ginal, Omaha 81-81—162

John Erickson, Omaha 82-81—163

Will Wears, Omaha 86-77—163

Jack Truscott, Omaha 81-83—164

Lucas Leinen, Bellevue 84-80—164

Mike Root, Omaha 82-82—164

Rob Mullin, Omaha 82-82—164

Johnathan Hudson, Omaha 82-82—164

Noah Vahle, Grand Island 84-80—164

Nick Dosskey, Lincoln 80-84—164

Jack Riggins, Lincoln 81-84—165

Michael Arens, Lincoln 82-83—165

Ryan Smith, Grand Island 86-79—165

Brad Cavitt, Omaha 83-82—165

Philip Maiyo, Lincoln 84-81—165

Jayden Neal, North Platte 87-79—166

Hayden Pudenz, Bellevue 87-79—166

Will Porter, Kearney 82-84—166

Parker Shamburg, Omaha 80-87—167

Ethan Shaw, Aurora 85-83—168

Jake Matzner, McCool Junction 83-85—168

Marcus Eriksen, Grand Island 84-85—169

Tylar Samek, David City 89-80—169

Jack Song, Omaha 86-83—169

Zach Eicher, Milford 86-83—169

Christian Steele, Kearney 87-82—169

Josh Kramer, Omaha 82-87—169

Bryce Vuncannon, Columbus 87-83—170

Hunter Hall, Lincoln 88-82—170

Scott Bohn, Lincoln 83-87—170

Jacob Woodmancy, Grant 86-85—171

Matt Gress, Nebraska City 85-88—173

Michael Croker, Gretna 90-83—173

Scott Howerter, Lincoln 83-91—174

J.D. Westerholm, Lincoln 91-86—177

Kaleb Fullerton, Omaha 86-91—177

Blake McClure, Lincoln 88-90—178

Jordan Hart, Omaha 90-88—178

Benjamin Clevinger, Lincoln 90-89—179

Charlie Levy, Omaha 95-85—180

Zac Cepure, Lincoln 95-85—180

Josh Spomer, Lincoln 96-84—180

Caleb Bukacek, Omaha 95-86—181

Jake Ellis, Kearney 86-95—181

Charlie Larson, Lincoln 96-85—181

Josh Nunnally, Walton 92-92—184

Murray Krambeer, Bellevue 79-WD

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