Nebraska City, Neb. - The Nebraska men's golf team will open its 2012-13 campaign by hosting the Fairway Club Invitational at ArborLinks Golf Course on Monday and Tuesday.
ArborLinks Golf Course, a par-72, 7,158-yard layout, will play host to 12 teams for the 54-hole event. Play begins on Monday with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. The second round will also be contested on Monday, immediately following the first round. Tuesday's final round will begin with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m.
Nebraska comes into the 12th annual Fairway Club Invitational as the defending champion. Last year, the Huskers shot 894 to win by eight strokes. This year NU has added four golfers, three of which will be in the team's lineup at ArborLinks. Freshmen Aaron Wong and Kolton Lapa, along with junior Matt Record will all make their first starts for the Huskers. Aaron's brother Nathan is also a freshman who joined the team in the offseason.
Manuel Lavin will tee off his junior campaign as the No. 1 player in the Husker lineup. Lavin compiled the second-best stroke average on the team in 2011-12, with 75.35 strokes per round. He earned a runner-up finish at the Fairway Club Invitational in 2011.
The newcomers will represent the second, third and fourth positions in the NU lineup. Wong will make his debut as the No. 2 player in the lineup. Record will play as the No. 3, while Lapa will be No. 4. Meanwhile, senior Kevin Gillick will represent the No. 5 position for Nebraska.
The Huskers will bring four individuals to ArborLinks. Seniors Neil Dufford and Jordan Reinertson, junior Ryan Grassel and sophomore Ross Dickson will make appearances on Monday and Tuesday. Dickson earned the third-best stroke average on the team last year, averaging 76.81 strokes per round in 31 rounds. Dufford played in 30 rounds, earning a 76.97 stroke average. Reinertson's stroke average was 76.50 in 22 rounds, while Grassel's was 79.69 in 13 rounds.
Results for the Fairway Club Invitational will be available on Huskers.com following the second round on Monday.
Sept. 10-11, 2012
ArborLinks Golf Course, Nebraska City, Neb.
Par 72 - 7,158 yards
Tee Times (All Times Central):
- Monday, Sept. 10 (36) - 8:30 a.m. (Shotgun)
- Tuesday, Sept. 11 (18) - 8:30 a.m. (Shotgun)
1. Manuel Lavin - Jr.
2. Aaron Wong - Fr.
3. Matt Record - Jr.
4. Kolton Lapa - Fr.
5. Kevin Gillick - Sr.
Fairway Club Invitational Field (12 teams): Illinois State, Nebraska, Oral Roberts, Nebraska-Omaha, Creighton, Drake, Missouri State, South Dakota, South Dakota State, North Dakota, Western Illinois, SIU-Edwardsville