Freshman Kolton Lapa became the first Husker men's golfer of the 2012-13 season to earn Big Ten Golfer of the Week accolades, the conference announced Wednesday.
Lapa tied for seventh at the NMSU Golf Course on Tuesday after firing a 2-under-par 211 over 54 holes. He finished six strokes behind co-individual champions Chris Gilbert of Kansas and Blake Biddle of UNLV at the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate.
Lapa, a native of Mesa, Ariz., opened the tournament with a 1-under-par 70 in Monday's first round. He followed that up by firing a 2-under-par 69 in Monday's second round at the par-71, 7,074-yard layout. In Tuesday's final round Lapa posted a 1-over-par 72. With the award, Lapa becomes the first Husker golfer since Scott Willman in March 2012 to win Big Ten Golfer-of-the-Week honors.
The Huskers will conclude their fall season on Friday and Saturday at the UTEP Miner Invitational in El Paso, Texas. The tournament will start with a 9:30 a.m. (CT) shotgun at Butterfield Trail Golf Course on Friday.
Big Ten Men's Golfers of the Week
Sept. 12 - Grant Weaver, So., OSU
Sept. 19 - Brant Peaper, Sr., IND
Sept. 27 - John Callahan, Jr., NU
Oct. 3 - Erik Van Rooyen, Sr., MINN
Oct. 11 - Adam Schenk, Jr., PUR
Oct. 17 - Chris O'Neill, Fr., MICH
Oct. 24 - Kolton Lapa, Fr., NEB