Saturday, Brandon Crick cut his deficit by two.
It makes a Sunday comeback more manageable for the Korn Ferry Tour pro from McCook.
Crick got to 9-under at the Pinnacle Bank Championship with a third-round 66. He had six birdies and a three-putt bogey at Indian Creek.
“I know that 5-under was a good score today,’’ Crick said. “It moved me up a little bit and put me in a good place for (Sunday) to be able to at least shoot a low one and maybe contend at the end.”
Crick is three strokes off the lead held by tour points leader Stephan Jaeger of Germany. Crick will be in the fourth-to-last twosome Sunday with Patrick Fishburn.
The other two Husker graduates in the $750,000 tournament remained in the middle of the pack.
Brady Schnell is tied for 36th at 5-under after matching par 71. The Millard West alum was at 7-under twice, after birdies on holes 7 and 12, but bogeyed two of the next three holes.
Ralston grad Scott Gutschewski is tied for 42nd at 4-under. He shot 70 Saturday, starting strong with three birdies through seven holes, but bogeyed the next two holes and dropped to 3-under with a bogey on the par-4 11th before picking up the stroke with a birdie on the par-5 15th.
Crick also birdied three of the first seven, then bogeyed the eighth.
“The only hiccup was that three putt on 8. Other than that I hit the ball well, putted pretty well,’’ Crick said. “I’m playing well. I hit a lot of good shots. Just tomorrow, I have to get a few extra putts to roll in from longer range.
He got to 9-under with a birdie on the par-5 15th, then parred in. The par on 18 was a personal victory.
“It was nice to be in the fairway the first time this week,’’ he said.
The way it stands, Crick must win to make the three-tournament Korn Ferry finals that start Thursday in Boise, Idaho.
“I think the wind’s supposed to blow tomorrow, which plays to my advantage,’’ he said. “I mean, western Nebraska, I’m used to the wind so I’m just going to embrace it and have fun and enjoy.
“Hopefully it’s not the last one (tournament) this season, but we’re just going to go out and have fun and just keep doing what I’m doing.”