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Record-setting round vaults Huskers golfer Badura into tie for the lead at Nebraska Amateur

Record-setting round vaults Huskers golfer Badura into tie for the lead at Nebraska Amateur

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Aurora's Caleb Badura capped off an all-time round at the Nebraska Amateur Championship with flair.

The Huskers golfer eagled Lochland Country Club's 18th hole after stuffing his approach on the par-5 inside of 10 feet to shoot a 9-under-par 63 to vault into a tie for the lead heading into Friday's final round.

Badura's round is the lowest ever shot in the Nebraska Amateur, an event that goes back more than 110 years. Four other golfers have shot 64, including Lincoln's Nate Vontz, who shot 64 last year at Happy Hollow Country Club.

The round came at the same course where the tournament's all-time scoring record was set in 1998, when Lincoln's Steve Friesen finished four rounds at 21-under to win by 13 shots.

Badura started the day 10 shots out of the lead, but will play in the final group Friday with third-round leader Matthew Schaefer of Fordyce as both players sit at 9-under for the tournament. Schaefer, who at one point was 12-under for the tournament and five strokes clear of the field, shot 73 Thursday.

Badura's bogey-free round featured two eagles, on the first and 18th holes, and five birdies in between. On a day ripe for scoring, the Nebraska senior had Thursday's low round by three shots.

In all, 17 players broke par Thursday, and 14 golfers are in red figures for the tournament. The all-time record for most players under par in the event is 11, also at Lochland in 1998.

Behind Badura and Schaefer sits a group of three golfers at 8-under, including a pair of Lincoln natives in David Easley and Vontz. Easley fired his third consecutive under-par round, a 67, to move into contention. Vontz, who is trying to win the Nebraska Amateur and Nebraska Match Play titles in the same summer, shot a second 68 in three days.

University of Nebraska golfer Tristan Nelko is also at 8-under after shooting 66 Thursday.

Bennington's Johnny Spellerberg is alone in sixth at 7-under while three players — Omaha's Charlie Zielinski, Elkhorn's Luke Gutschewski, and Omaha's Grand Jabenis are at 5-under.

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A Ravenna native, Chris covers the University of Nebraska men's basketball team and assists with football coverage. He spent nearly 10 years covering sports at the Kearney Hub and nearly four years at the Springfield News-Leader in Springfield, Mo.

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