LINCOLN – A total of 156 golfers threw their hats into the ring on Monday as the opening round took place at the 111th Nebraska Amateur Golf Tournament being held at the Country Club of Lincoln.
In that group were two former York High School golfers and one who will be a senior this year.
After the first of four rounds, all three golfers – Dalton Mogul, Grant Case and Reed Malleck – found themselves with some work to do on Tuesday in hopes of qualifying for the final two rounds on Wednesday and Thursday.
While all three golfers posted respectable scores in the second round, they all failed to make the cut as a score of six-under posted by three golfers, including Matthew Schaefer, Luke Kluver (Kansas recruit) and Tanner Owen (a Husker golfer), led the tournament. Schaefer will be playing at South Dakota State University next year.
Mogul, who is on the Nebraska Wesleyan golf roster and appeared in nine tournaments during his freshman season for the Prairie Wolves, had the best opening round of the three golfers when he fired a 76.
Malleck, a senior-to-be at York High School, was right behind him with a 77 while Case, who attends Mount Mercy College, fired an opening round of 80.
On Tuesday, with most of the field struggling on the Lincoln course, both Mogul and Case posted scores of 78 while Malleck struggled on the back nine and finished his second round with an 80.
Malleck was seven-over on holes 11 through 17 and he had his only birdie on the day on No. 2.
Mogul was able to birdie 17, but a pair of double bogeys took him out of the running to make the cut.
Case birdied No. 6 and scored a 39 on the front and the backside, but could not overcome Monday’s slow start.
The cut was 152, and Mogul ended the day at 154 while Malleck was 157 and Case 158.
Aurora’s Caleb Badura shot a 68 on Monday and a 71 on Tuesday, and was just one stroke back at five-under entering the final two rounds.