Year: Junior
Hometown: Parkville, Mo.
High School: Park Hill South
Major: Finance


Honors & Awards

  • Big Ten Golfer of the Week (April 3, 2019)
  • Academic All-Big Ten (2018, 2019)
  • Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2016, 2018; Spring 2017, 2018)
  • Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2017)

Junior (2018-19)
Tanner Owen began his junior year by partaking in the team's first tournament, the Duke/Rod Myers Invitational. He finished second amongst all NU golfers with a 228 (+12) over three rounds. He followed that up the next weekend at the Cardinal Regional Challenge when he shot a 216 (+3). Owen tied a career-low score 68 (-3) on the second day of the tournament. Owen tied for first among NU golfers at the William H. Tucker Invitational after shooting a 223 (+7) over three rounds. In his final two rounds of the fall, Owen took his game to an entirely new level. He finished tied for 21st overall at the Fighting Irish Classic after a three-round score of 210 (-3), which tied his career-best 54-hole score. He finished out the fall by firing a 212 (-4) at the Quail Valley Intercollegiate, which put him in a tie for 12th overall. He tied his career-best single-round score when he shot a 68 (-3) in the second round. Owen holds the team's lowest stroke average heading into the spring, with a 72.60 strokes per round average.

Owen began the spring by going 2-2 at the Big Ten Match Play Championships, playing all four rounds out of the No. 1 spot in the lineup. The junior followed up that performance by shooting a 54-hole score of 225 (+9) at the Lamkin San Diego Classic. Owen tied with teammate Jay Cottam for 50th overall at the event. The Parkville, Mo., native put together his best performance of the spring thus far at The Goodwin (March 28-30). Owen was tied for 10th in the 132-golfer field after round one after shooting a 69 (-1). He ended up finishing tied for 19th with a 54-hole score of 214 (+4). He was named the Big Ten Golfer of the Week on April 3 after his performance at The Goodwin, NU's first Big Ten Golfer of the Week since 2017.

Owen finished tied for 12th at the Husker Invitational (April 13) after carding a 36-hole score of 150 (+8). He followed that up by finishing tied for 29th at the Hawkeye Invitational (April 20-21), thanks to consecutive 68's (-3) in the final two rounds. This was also the second time his career he had two straight rounds under par.

Owen became the first Husker in school history to have a top-16 finish at the Big Ten Championships when him and Jay Cottam tied for 16th (April 26-28). He carded a 54-hole score of 221 (+11) and finished nine strokes behind the medalist. He finished his junior season with a 72.86 stroke average, which is the seventh-best single season stroke average in school history. He posted five top-25 finishes this season after previously having just two in his first two years on the team.

Sophomore (2017-18)
Owen saw action in seven of Nebraska's 10 stroke-play tournaments in the 2017-18 season while going 2-1-0 at the Big Ten Match Play Championships. He ended the year with a 76.55 stroke average over 20 rounds and was the top finisher for NU at the Maui Jim Intercollegiate and the Hawkeye Invitational. His first appearance in the Husker lineup was at the Maui Jim Intercollegiate where he shot 241 overall (+25) and tied for 72nd. He followed with a tie for 17th at The Jackrabbit. He shot six-under par (210) and fired under 70 on two of the three days of the tournament to cap one of his best performances of the season. His last round under par (70) for the season was shot on the second day of the Big Horn Invitational, where he tied for 60th and was the No. 4 finisher for NU. Owen's best finish of the year came at the Hawkeye Invitational, where he tied for 14th after shooting five-over par in the two-day tournament. He ended the season at the Big Ten Championships, shooting 228 overall to tie for 60th.

Freshman (2016-17)
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. Off the course, Owen was named to the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll and Tom Osborne Citizenship Team.

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.

Before Nebraska
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 the son of Todd and Nicole Owen. He has one brother, Dawson. Tanner was born on Sept. 12, 1997, and is majoring in finance. He earned academic All-Big Ten honors in 2018 and 2019. He is a four-time selection to the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll. He was a member of the 2017 Tom Osborne Citizenship Team.


Year Rounds Strokes Average
2016-17 17 1,288 75.76
2017-18 20 1,531 76.55
2018-19 29 2,113 72.86
Career Totals 66 4,938 74.78

Career Bests
Low Round: 68 - 5x (The Jackrabbit, 10/3/17), (Cardinal Regional Challenge, 9/15/18), (Quail Valley Intercollegiate, 10/15/18) (Hawkeye Invitational, Twice, 4/20-4/21/19)

Low 54-Hole Score: 210 - 2x (The Jackrabbit, 10/3/17) and (Fighting Irish Classic, 10/8/18)
Best Tournament Finish - T-12th (Quail Valley Intercollegiate, 10/16/18)
Rounds Under Par - 15

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