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Ryan Vermeer holds four-stroke lead going into final round of Nebraska Section PGA Championship

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NEBRASKA CITY — Omaha’s Ryan Vermeer, who’s won the Nebraska Section PGA Professional Championship every time he’s entered it, has a four-stroke lead over fellow Korn Ferry Tour alum Steve Friesen of Lincoln entering Tuesday’s final round at ArborLinks.

Vermeer had rounds of 64 and 70 for a 10-under 134. Friesen matched his no-bogey 64 in the afternoon round to be at 6-under 140.

Among those in contention to advance to next spring’s PGA Professional Championship are Lincoln’s Sarah Pravacek (even-par 144), who would be the section’s first female qualifier, and 69-year-old Jim White, also of Lincoln.

Leaders after 36 holes: Ryan Vermeer, Happy Hollow, 64-70--134; Steve Friesen, Firethorn,74-64—138; Pete Hagen, Johnny Goodman, 73-70—143; Chris Wiemers, Stone Creek, 69-74—143; Sarah Pravecek, Wilderness Ridge, 71-73—144; Jim White, Fairways at Lincoln, 71-74—145; Jonathan Moore, Platteview, 75-74—149; Justin Onken, Ashland, 74-75—149; Nick Wanderscheid, Green Valley,78-71—149; JD Brake, ArborLinks, 75-75—150; Devon Kastler, Ashland, 75-76—151; Jon Petersen, Tiburon, 75-76—151; Don Germer, Players Club, 77-75—152; Bryan Hughett, Albion, 78-74—152; Alex Janssen, The Ridge, 75-77—152; Mike Antonio, Happy Hollow, 79-74—153; Brad Bailey, Champions Run, 80-73—153; Tony Baranowski, Fremont, 73-80—153; Ted DiGiacomo, Golf Galaxy, 76-77—153; Troy Harder, Wayne, 79-74—153; Tom Hearn, PGA Tour, 75-78—153; Mark Nygaard, Stone Creek, 76-77—153; Billy Keane, Sioux City, 79-75—154; Shane Zywiec, Highlands GC, 72-82—154

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