Red numbers were a bit tougher to find during the second round of the 111thNebraska Amateur Championship on Tuesday at The Country Club of Lincoln, but three players at the top had no problem and they are tied for the 36-hole lead.
Tanner Owen, a Husker golfer, shot the low round of the day to get into the three-way tie for the lead at 138 (-6), along with Norfolk’s Luke Kluver and Fordyce’s Matthew Schaefer. After starting on the back nine and making the turn in 35 (-1), Owen caught fire on the front nine. He started birdie-birdie and added two more birdies on Nos. 5 and 8 for a front nine 32 (-4). His round of 67 (-5) matched the second lowest round of the championship so far.
Two three-time champions are tied for seventh at 143 (-1), including the defending champion Alex Schaake of Omaha. Schaake made three straight bogeys to finish the front nine in 35 (-1), but three more bogeys on the back nine dropped him to a round of 73 (+1). It’s his first over-par round in the Nebraska Amateur since 2016, ending a streak of nine straight rounds at par or better. The 2010, 2011 and 2013 champion Andy Sajevic of Omaha grinded out a round of 73 (+1) as well, making three birdies, to go along with two bogeys and a double-bogey. They are tied with Noah Hofman of McCook, who shot a 74 (+2), which included an eagle-3 on the par-5 13th hole.
Travis Minzel of Lincoln, the 2004 Nebraska Match Play Champion and a three-time Nebraska Mid-Amateur Champion, rounds out the top 10 at even-par 144. Minzel posted one of the three rounds of 71 (-1) in the afternoon. The 1989 champion John Sajevic of Fremont made history by making yet another cut. Sajevic shot a second round 75 (+3) to get to 149 (+5) and make his 34th career cut at the Nebraska Amateur, tying Larry Sock for the most all-time. It’s also his 20th straight made cut, which ties another record held by Sock. Sajevic is tied for 24th after two rounds and could extend his records for most Top 25 finishes (33) and most Top 10 finishes (23) with a good final 36 holes.
The third round begins at 7 a.m., with the leaders set to start around noon. Kluver and Owen will play in the final pairing at 12 p.m.