Honors & Awards

  • GCAA All-America Scholar (2020)
  • Big Ten Golfer of the Week (April 3, 2019)
  • Academic All-Big Ten (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021)
  • Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2016, 2018, 2019, 2020; Spring 2017, 2018, 2020)
  • Big Ten Sportsmanship Award (2020)
  • Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2017, 2020, 2021)

Senior (2021-21)
Tanner Owen was a member of the men's golf team in his fifth year at Nebraska, but he did not compete for the Huskers during the season.

Senior (2019-20)
Owen led Nebraska in scoring for the second straight year, posting a 75.46 stroke average before the season abruptly ended because of the worldwide outbreak of COVID-19. He was named an All-America Scholar by the Golf Coaches Association of America for the first time, and he earned his bachelor’s degree as a finance major at Nebraska in May of 2020. He chose to return for an additional season of eligibility to lead the Huskers again in 2021. 

Owen opened the fall of 2019 as Nebraska’s top finisher at the Duke/Rod Myers Invitational. Owen tied for 35th with a 222 (+6), which included a career-best-tying 68 (-4) in the second round. He followed with a career-best third-place finish with a 217 (-2) at the Prairie Club Invitational in Valentine, Neb. Owen added a tie for 12th with a 225 (+9) at the Maridoe Intercollegiate, before completing the fall campaign in a tie for 64th with a 230 at the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate.

He opened the spring by going 0-4 at the Big Ten Match Play Championships, before finishing 64th (238) at the Desert Mountain Intercollegiate - NU’s final tournament of the year.

Junior (2018-19)
Owen competed in all 29 rounds as a junior and recorded a team-best 72.86 stroke average, including eight below-par rounds. Owen posted five top-25 finishes in 2018-19, after having just two in his first two seasons. He joined Jay Cottam as the first Huskers in history to record top-16 finishes at the Big Ten Championships, carding a 54-hole score of 221 (+11). 

Owen began the season as NU’s No. 2 finisher with a 228 (+12) at the Duke/Rod Myers Invitational. He followed with a 216 (+3), including a career-best-tying 68 (-3) at the Cardinal Regional Challenge. Owen matched his career best with a 210 (-3) to tie for 21st at the Fighting Irish Classic (Oct. 7-8), before closing the fall in a tie for 12th with a 212 (-4) at the Quail Valley Intercollegiate. He tied his career best again with a second-round 68 (-3). 

Owen opened 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. He followed with a 225 (+9) to tie Cottam for 50th at the Lamkin San Diego Classic. Owen excelled by tying for 19th in a 132-golfer field at the Goodwin (March 28-30). He finished with a 214 on his way Big Ten Golfer-of-the-Week honors (April 3). 

He tied for 12th at the Git-R-Done Husker Invitational (April 13) after carding a 36-hole score of 150 (+8). He followed by tying for 29th at the Hawkeye Invitational (April 20-21), which included back-to-back career-best-tying rounds of 68 (-3) over the final 36 holes.

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 the Huskers at the Maui Jim Intercollegiate and the Hawkeye Invitational. 

His first appearance in the Husker lineup came 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 came on the second day of the Big Horn Invitational, where he tied for 60th and was NU’s No. 4 finisher. 

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 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 Badger Invitational. He was NU’s No. 4 finisher in Wisconsin, closing the tournament in a tie for 39th while carding a season-best, one-under-par 71 in the final round. His three-round tournament score of 224 at the Badger Invite was also a season 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 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 Championships, 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 was 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.

The son of Todd and Nicole Owen, Tanner was born Sept. 12, 1997. He has a brother, Dawson. Tanner majored in finance at Nebraska and earned his bachelor’s degree in May of 2020. He was a GCAA All-America Scholar in 2020. He was also a four-time Academic All-Big Ten selection (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021) and a seven-time member of the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll. He earned spots on the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team in 2017, 2020 and 2021.


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
2019-20           15 1,132 75.46
Career Totals 81 6,064 74.86

Career Bests
Low Round - 68 - 6x (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), (Duke/Rod Myers Invitational, 9/14-9/15/19) 
Low 54-Hole Score - 210 - 2x (The Jackrabbit, 10/3/17) and (Fighting Irish Classic, 10/8/18)
Best Tournament Finish - 3rd (Prairie Club Invitational, 9/30/19)
Rounds Under Par - 18