Honors & Awards
- Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2016; Spring 2017)
- Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2017)
Tanner Owen competed in six of Nebraska's 10 tournaments as a freshman in 2016-17, while also competing in all three matches for the Huskers at the Big Ten Match Play Championships. He finished his first season with a 75.76 stroke average over 17 rounds, while carding three rounds better than par. He opened his college career by earning a lineup appearance at the season-opening Badger Invitational. He was NU's No. 4 finisher in Wisconsin, closing the tournament in a tie for 39th while carding a career-best, one-under-par 71 in the final round. His three-round tournament score of 224 at the Badger Invite was also a career best. He was back in the Big Red lineup at the Ram Masters Invitational, where he opened with a one-over-par 71, but settled for a 231 as NU's No. 5 finisher.
Although he competed at the Big Ten Match Play to open the spring, Owen did not return to the Husker stroke-play lineup until the Border Olympics in mid-March. He was NU's No. 5 finisher in Texas, but came on strong at Nebraska's next tournament at the Hawkeye Invitational. Owen was NU's No. 3 finisher in Iowa City and carded back-to-back rounds of one-under-par 71 in the second and third rounds. He was Nebraska's No. 3 finisher again the following week at the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate, finishing with a 228 to tie for 28th. He closed his freshman campaign as Nebraska's No. 4 finisher at the Big Ten Championship, finishing with a three-round total of 227 in a tie for 59th in Baltimore.
Owen attended Park Hill South in Parkville, Mo., where he earned all-state status on two occasions. In 2016, Owen captured the Missouri Junior Match Play title and also won four individual tournaments, including sectionals. He is a three-time first-team all-conference member, four-time first-team all-district member and four-time state qualifier.
Owen qualified for The Watson Challenge, a tournament named after Tom Watson, which looks to determine the best player in the greater Kansas City golf community. In 2015, Owen won the Kansas City Match Play title. His best finish in an AJGA event was fourth place.
“Tanner is a top junior player from the Kansas City area,” Nebraska Coach Bill Spangler said. “He has numerous high finishes in junior golf tournaments, culminating with him winning the Kansas City Junior Match Play Championships, a field with all the top junior golfers in the Kansas/Missouri area.”
Tanner is the son of Todd and Nicole Owen, and has one brother, Dawson. Tanner was born on Sept. 12, 1997, and is majoring in finance. He earned spots on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall and spring semesters of 2016-17. He was a member of the 2017 Tom Osborne Citizenship Team.
Low Round - 71 (Four Times, last Hawkeye Invite, 4/16/17)
Low 54-Hole Score - 224 (Badger Invite, 9/13/16)
Best Tournament Finish - T-28th (Robert Kepler Intercollegiate, 4/23/17)
Rounds Under Par - 3