Huskers Set for Big Ten Championships
Dates: Friday, May 2 - Sunday, May 4
Location: French Lick Resort - Pete Dye Course, French Lick, Ind.
Course Par: 72
Course Yardage: 7,152
Format: 72 holes
- Friday: 36 holes starting at 7 a.m. CT (Tee Times on Holes 1 and 10)
- Saturday: 18 holes starting at 8 a.m. CT (Tee Times on Holes 1 and 10)
- Sunday: 18 holes starting at 7 a.m. CT (Tee Times on Holes 1 and 10)
Scoring: Live scoring on Golfstat.com
Television: The tournament will be shown on tape-delay basis on the Big Ten Network on Wednesday, May 14 at 7 p.m. CT
Course Website: www.frenchlick.com
Daily Results and Recap: Huskers.com
1. Matt Record
2. Josh Reinertson
3. Ross Dickson
4. Calvin Freeman
5. Manuel Lavin
Big Ten Championships Field (12 teams): Nebraska, Michigan, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Ohio State, Penn State, Illinois, Indiana, Purdue, Iowa, Northwestern and Minnesota
The Nebraska men’s golf team travels to French Lick, Ind., for the Big Ten Championships, Friday through Sunday, at the French Lick Resort’s Pete Dye Golf Course.
The 72-hole conference tournament will be played on a par-72, 7,152-yard setup. The first 36 holes are slated for Friday, starting at 7 a.m. CT. Players will tee off on Holes 1 and 10 for all four rounds. Friday’s second round begins immediately after the first round. The third round starts on Saturday at 8 a.m., while Sunday’s final round tees off at 7 a.m.
The Big Ten Network will broadcast the tournament on a tape-delayed basis, with the showing set for Wednesday, May 14 at 7 p.m. Live scoring this weekend will be available on Golfstat.com.
The Huskers look to continue their momentum from three consecutive top-10 finishes, including a second-place showing at the Oak Hill Intercollegiate on April 22. Four Huskers collected top-10 finishes in New York and will tee it up in French Lick for the Big Ten Championships.
Matt Record (third place), Josh Reinertson (fifth), Ross Dickson (seventh) and Calvin Freeman (tied for ninth) led the Huskers in Oak Hill and represent the 1 through 4 spots in Nebraska’s lineup. Dickson is the lone Husker to start every tournament this season and will make his 12th appearance this weekend. Senior Manuel Lavin will be the No. 5 player for the Huskers.
Last Time Out: Huskers Earn Runner-Up Honors at Oak Hill
Nebraska’s attempt at a final-round comeback at the Oak Hill Intercollegiate fell short by four strokes to Notre Dame on Tuesday, April 22.
The Huskers earned their highest finish of the season by taking second place in the seven-team field. With its performance, Nebraska collected its seventh top-10 finish of the 2013-14 campaign in 10 stroke play events.
Senior Matt Record notched his best career finish by taking third place at Oak Hill Country Club, a par-70, 7,145-yard layout. In the final round, Record birdied the par-4 eighth hole, but suffered five bogeys en route to 4-over-par 74. He fired 3-over-par 213 over 54 holes to finish four strokes behind individual medalist Niall Platt of Notre Dame.
Record suffered no worse than bogey on any single hole during the three-round tournament. He led three other Huskers who placed in the top 10 in New York: Josh Reinertson, Ross Dickson and Calvin Freeman.
Reinertson turned in a career-best fifth-place finish with 217 strokes at the Oak Hill Intercollegiate. His final-round 72 was highlighted by birdies on Holes 6 and 17. Like Record, he made no score worse than bogey on a hole during the tournament.
Dickson collected a tie for seventh place, posting 11-over-par 221. In Tuesday’s final round, the junior from London, England used two birdies en route to 2-over-par 72. On Monday, Dickson paced his way to scores of 73 and 76.
Freeman, a Table Rock, Neb., native, recorded birdies on 6 and 7 in the final round for a 3-over-par 73. He completed the 54-hole tournament with a score of 12-over-par 222 after carding 72 and 77 in the first two rounds.
Senior Manuel Lavin tied the best Husker score of the day with 2-over-par 72. He showed successive improvement in each round after 82 in Monday’s first round and 76 in the second round. Lavin tied for 19th at 230.
As a team, the Huskers produced the best score of the day with 289, matching their first-round score from Monday. NU posted 292 in Monday’s second round to finish the tournament with a 30-over-par 870 total. Tournament host Notre Dame finished at 866 to take the team title.
Seniors Mike Siwa and Ryan Grassel competed as individuals at the Oak Hill Intercollegiate. Siwa carded a final-round 75 to take 18th place with 229 strokes. Grassel managed 7-over-par 77 over the final 18 holes to tie for 32nd.
Off the Tee:
• The Huskers are making their third all-time appearance at the Big Ten Championships since joining the conference in 2011. Last season, Nebraska finished ninth after taking 12th place in 2012.
• Nebraska has managed a 294.57 stroke average over 30 rounds (10 stroke play tournaments) this season. The Huskers have shown successive improvement over each round, averaging 292.40 strokes in the third round. NU has a 296.20 stroke average in the first round and a 295.10 average in the second round.
• The Huskers have managed top 10 finishes in seven of their 10 stroke play events this season. Nebraska’s best finish is second place, which it achieved in the Huskers’ last outing, the Oak Hill Intercollegiate.
• Ross Dickson has appeared in every tournament this season, compiling a 74.10 stroke average over 30 rounds. His best finish was a tie for seventh at the Oak Hill Intercollegiate.
• Josh Reinertson will be making his fourth stroke play appearance of the season and fifth overall showing this weekend. He finished fifth in his last outing.
• Calvin Freeman is making his 11th start of the season. He has played in every tournament since sitting out of the season-opening Columbia NCAA Regional Preview in September.
• Matt Record is making his 10th appearance of the 2013-14 campaign. He has played in all five tournaments this spring for Nebraska.
• Manuel Lavin is making his third consecutive start of the season after not playing in Nebraska’s first nine tournaments. He tied for 19th at Oak Hill.
• Calvin Freeman and Matt Record each finished in the top 30 of the Patriot All-America Invitational at The Wigwam’s Gold Course in Litchfield Park, Ariz., in December 2013. Freeman fired a 2-over-par 212 total over three rounds to tie for 13th among the 83-player field. Record shot 220 to tie for 28th.
• The Huskers signed Niko Vui on April 24 after adding Ben Maschka for the 2014-15 season during the winter offseason. Maschka is in his senior season at Omaha Creighton Prep, while Vui is the No. 1 ranked player in Samoa.
• Under Head Coach Bill Spangler, who is in his 13th season, Nebraska has won 10 tournament titles. Spangler has also guided the Huskers to 31 top-three tournament finishes and six individual titles.
• The Nebraska men’s golf program has four NCAA Championship appearances along with seven NCAA Regional starts. In each season from 2010 to 2012, the Huskers sent one individual to the NCAA Regionals. Scott Willman tied for 40th at the Norman Regional (2012), Andrew Wyatt tied for 41st at the Colorado Regional (2011) and Brandon Crick tied for eighth at the West Regional (2010).