Bradenton, Fla. - The Nebraska men's golf team opens its spring season on Friday and Saturday at the Big Ten Match Play at The Concession Golf Club as its first of seven events this spring.
The Huskers, who are the 11th seed, will face No. 6-seed Purdue in the first round at 7:10 a.m. CT. The winner will advance to the quarterfinals against No. 3-seed Iowa on Friday afternoon. The semifinals and finals will be contested on Saturday.
Nebraska is looking to build off a fall season which saw the Huskers open with a victory at the Fairway Club Invitational and add three additional top-10s in four tournaments. Newcomer Kolton Lapa led the team in stroke average with a 74.00 over 14 rounds. Lapa, a freshman, and sophomore Ross Dickson were the only Huskers to compete in every tournament during the fall.
Both Lapa and Dickson will be among six Huskers battling for five spots at the Big Ten Match Play this weekend. Dickson's stroke average was 74.43 with his best finish a tie for third at the D.A. Weibring Intercollegiate.
Senior Kevin Gillick will also travel with the team to Florida. He competed in six rounds during the fall for a 75.00 stroke average. Gillick's best finish was a tie for first at the season-opening Fairway Club Invitational, which featured a 3-under-par 69 in the second round.
Sophomore Cameron Palmer was added to the NU roster in the offseason and will compete for a spot at The Concession Golf Club. Sophomore Josh Reinertson could see his first action of the season this weekend. In his Husker career, Reinertson has played three rounds for a stroke average of 88.00 despite not competing in the fall.
Junior Matt Record will also make the trip. Record played 11 rounds in the fall for a 74.72 stroke average. His best finish was a tie for eighth at the season-closing Price's Give 'Em Five Invitational.
Live scoring for the Big Ten Match Play is available at http://www.ajga.org/big10mpc/.
Ten Match Play
Feb. 8-9, 2013
The Concession Golf Club, Bradenton, Fla.
Par 72 - 7,474 yards
5. Ohio State
7. Michigan State
10. Penn State
Kolton Lapa - Fr.
Ross Dickson - So.
Kevin Gillick - Sr.
Cameron Palmer - So.
Josh Reinertson - So.
Matt Record - Jr.