Iowa City, Iowa – The Nebraska men’s golf team fired even-par 288 in the final round of the Hawkeye-Great River Entertainment Invitational on a rainy Sunday to earn its second consecutive sixth-place finish.
Calvin Freeman led the Huskers in the final round by matching his best score of the season with 4-under-par 68. He produced the low round of the day among the 65 participants in the field during a day full of rainfall.
The junior from Table Rock, Neb., started on Hole No. 15 and birdied his first four holes before adding additional ones on Nos. 2 and 6. Freeman’s only bogeys in the final round came on Nos. 10 and 12. Freeman finished tied for 26th at 224 strokes after carding rounds of 79 and 77 on Saturday.
The Huskers’ sixth-place result matches their lowest of the season with two other performances. NU finished sixth at both the Desert Shootout three weeks ago and the Price’s Give ‘Em Five Invitational in October. The finish in Iowa marks Nebraska’s sixth top-10 finish in nine stroke play events.
NU entered Sunday’s action at Finkbine Golf Course, a par-72, 7,239-yard configuration, in 10th place after rounds of 305 and 302 on Saturday. The Huskers’ 288 total on Sunday was the third-best score among teams in the final round, as team champion Iowa (285) and runner-up Iowa State (284) were the only two teams to shoot under par over the final 18 holes. Nebraska finished with a 31-over-par 895 total over 54 holes in Iowa City.
Junior Josh Reinertson earned the best finish of his career with a tie for 16th after firing 5-over-par 221 over 54 holes. The Gibbon, Neb., native used two birdies and three bogeys in the final round en route to 1-over-par 73 at Finkbine Golf Course. He posted a pair of 74s on Saturday.
Ross Dickson, who has started every tournament for Nebraska this season, carded 3-over-par 75 in Sunday’s final round. The junior from London, England managed to birdie the par-4 seventh hole on Sunday. He shot 229 for the tournament to tie for 42nd at the Hawkeye Invitational.
Senior Matt Record paced his way to an even-par 72 in Iowa City on Sunday. He made three birdies on the front nine to go out in 1-under-par 35 before making eight pars and one bogey on the back nine en route to 37. Record finished one stroke behind Dickson over three rounds to collect a tie for 47th.
Manuel Lavin tied for 56th with 235 strokes over 54 holes. He posted 86 on Sunday after producing scores of 73 and 76 in the first and second rounds, respectively. Complete scoring for the Hawkeye Invitational is available on Golfstat.com at http://www.golfstatresults.com/public/indexh.cfm?tournament_id=4519.
The Huskers tee it up next April 21-22 at the Oak Hill Intercollegiate in Rochester, N.Y. Oak Hill Country Club, site of the 2013 PGA Championship, will host the event. The tournament marks Nebraska’s final tune-up before the Big Ten Championships, May 2-4, at the Pete Dye Golf Course in French Lick, Ind.
Hawkeye-Great River Entertainment Invitational
April 12-13, 2014
Finkbine Golf Course, Iowa City, Iowa
Par 72 – 7,239 yards
1. Iowa – 286-282-285 = 853 (-11)
2. Iowa State – 297-287-284 = 868 (+4)
3. Minnesota – 290-284-296 = 870 (+6)
4. Kansas – 292-287-293 = 872 (+8)
5. Marquette – 298-287-307 = 892 (+28)
6. Nebraska – 305-302-288 = 895 (+31)
7. Denver – 289-303-305 = 897 (+33)
8. Washington State – 293-294-311 = 898 (+34)
T-9. Michigan State – 303-294-302 = 899 (+35)
T-9. Wisconsin – 306-291-302 = 899 (+35)
11. DePaul – 312-298-302 = 912 (+48)
12. Northern Illinois – 311-302-305 = 918 (+54)
T-16. Josh Reinertson – 74-74-73 = 221 (+5)
T-26. Calvin Freeman – 79-77-68 = 224 (+8)
T-42. Ross Dickson – 79-75-75 = 229 (+13)
T-47. Matt Record – 80-78-72 = 230 (+14)
T-56. Manuel Lavin – 73-76-86 = 235 (+19)