Stoltz and Gilman battle for the lead at Pro Am

Chris Gilman is breathing down the neck of Drew Stoltz at the 23rd Annual Scotts Bluff Country Club Pro Am

On day one of the Scotts Bluff Country Club Pro Am Friday 14 golfers bettered par. That number improved to 17 on Saturday, and the same two golfers that sat on top the leaderboard after day one widened their lead Saturday.

Drew Stoltz, who fired an opening round 66 Friday had a 68 Saturday. His two day total of 10-under par 134 remained one stroke ahead of Chris Gilman, who followed up his opening round 67 with a 68 Saturday.

Stoltz and Gilman were two of four golfers that turned in a day two best round of 68. The other two were Bryan Kruz and Jim Knous. Kruz used his round to move into third place with a 139, five strokes behind Stoltz. Knous in another stroke back at four under 140.
Knous is tied with Klint Kreiger and Tom Glissmeyer. Glissmeyer faltered after an opening round 67.

Brad Besler was part of a three way tie at 67 after Friday's opening round. He settled for a 75 Saturday that left him at two under par 142.

That leaves him in a three way tie for seventh with Ben Portie and three time champ Mike Kitowski. The leaderboard remains tight with a six way tie for tenth. Brandon Meininger, Devin Schreiner, Dustin Mills, Raul Cortez, Brad Marek and Andrew Filbert all sit at one under 143.

Local amateur Paul Mohr and Brant Kummerfield are tied at 144. Five time champ Mike Klein rebounded from an opening round 75 with a 70 on Saturday to put him at one over 145. Gering's Austin Miller also checked in with a 70 to stay tied with Klein. Mitchell product Nate Lashley rebounded from his opening round 76 to fire a 70 on Saturday.

Scotts Bluff Country Club assistant pro Max Hadenfeldt had the biggest second round comeback. After an opening round 82 he came back with a 72 Saturday.

Amateur teams played a best ball format Saturday. The B&C Steel team of Lewis Reinhardt, Casey York, Jeff Peck, Dustin Jones and pro Mike Plate took top honors for the day with a 121 total. The Sam and Louie's team of Craig Erdman, Matt Filbert, Ernie Aguallo, Chad Schneider and pro Andrew Filbert finished second for the day with a 122. Valley Bank and Webber's Furniture tied for third with 125's. On the Valley Bank team were Tom Ritterbush, Ladd Harrison, Brian Judy, John Stinner and pro Drew Stoltz. The Webber's Furniture team consisted of Nate Nowlen, Gordia Smith, Justin Shaddick, Scott James and pro Klint Kreiger.

The two day Pro-Am championship team was B&C Steel. The Valley Bank group was second and Sam & Louie's was third.

The Oregon Trail Tournament is also part of the 23rd Annual Pro-Am. There are five different flights. The top three golfers in the Championship flight after day one were Paul Crowell, Jeff Yahn, and Lewis Reinhardt and Lloyd Engleman. Crowell, a former Oklahoma Sooner basketball player shot a 71. Yahn checked in with a 73, while Reinhardt and Engleman tied with 75's.

Mike Weimer led the First Flight with an 82. Gordia Smith had an 83 and Justin Shaddick checked in with an 84. The Second Flight was led by Marcus Mathews with an 82. Ernie Aquallo had an 83 and Evan Lerma followed with an 86. The Third Flight, which was a net score, was led by Shelby Nedella with a 68. Jon Darnell had a 71 and three golfers, Dan Lee, Jeff Johnson and Jim Smith, all had 74's.

The Oregon Trail golfers will tee-off first Sunday with the pro golfers to follow at around 11:30 a.m. The pro's are competing for a $10,000 dollar first place check.

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