Huskers Compete in California Over Weekend
Dates: Friday, Feb. 21 - Sunday, Feb. 23
Location: The Classic Club, Palm Desert, Calif.
Course Par: 72
Course Yardage: 7,305
Format: 54 holes
- Friday: 18 holes starting at 9:10 a.m. CT (Tee Times)
- Saturday: 18 holes starting at 9:10 a.m. CT (Tee Times)
- Sunday: 18 holes starting at 9:10 a.m. CT (Tee Times)
1. Ross Dickson
2. Matt Record
3. Calvin Freeman
4. Justin Jennings
5. Mike Siwa
Tournament Field (23 teams): Wyoming, Cal Poly, Iowa State, George Mason, Texas Tech, Colorado, TCU, UC Riverside, Kansas, Idaho, Nebraska, Arkansas-Little Rock, Kansas State, Oregon State, Denver, Santa Clara, Southern Utah, UC Santa Barbara, Oregon, UT Arlington, Louisiana-Monroe, Loyola Marymount and San Francisco.
The Nebraska men’s golf team makes its first stroke-play appearance of the spring season this weekend at the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate in Palm Desert, Calif.
The first 18 holes are scheduled to start on Friday at 9:10 a.m. CT. The second round is slated for the same start time on Saturday, while the final round commences on Sunday. The 54-hole tournament will be played at The Classic Club, a par-72, 7,305-yard configuration.
No live scoring will be provided for the event, but results will be available on GoWYO.com as well as Huskers.com after each day’s action.
The Huskers will be joined by 22 teams in California: Wyoming, Cal Poly, Iowa State, George Mason, Texas Tech, Colorado, TCU, UC Riverside, Kansas, Idaho, Arkansas-Little Rock, Kansas State, Oregon State, Denver, Santa Clara, Southern Utah, UC Santa Barbara, Oregon, UT Arlington, Louisiana-Monroe, Loyola Marymount and San Francisco.
Junior Ross Dickson represents the No. 1 spot for NU as he makes his sixth stroke-play start and seventh overall start of the season. Dickson managed a 74.20 stroke average in 15 rounds during the fall season.
Senior Matt Record is No. 2 in the Nebraska lineup. During the fall, Record averaged 75.33 strokes over nine rounds for the Huskers.
Calvin Freeman (No. 3), Justin Jennings (No. 4) and Mike Siwa (No. 5) are also making the trip to The Classic Club. Freeman and Jennings are each making their sixth overall start of the season, while Siwa makes his fourth. All three of them made appearances at last weekend’s Big Ten Match Play Championship.
Last Time Out: Huskers Drop Consolation Match to Penn State
Nebraska fell to 10th-seeded Penn State, 4-0-1, in its final showing at the Big Ten Match Play Championship at The Concession Golf Club on Saturday, Feb. 15.
The loss came one day after the Huskers narrowly lost to Ohio State, 3-2-0, before falling to Wisconsin, 4-1-0. Freshman Justin Jennings and senior Mike Siwa picked up wins against the fifth-seeded Buckeyes, while junior Ross Dickson notched the lone victory against No. 11 Wisconsin.
Junior Josh Reinertson, making his first appearance of the season, managed to halve his match against the Nittany Lions’ Geoff Vartelas. Vartelas raced out to an early lead, winning each of the first four holes, but Reinertson responded by winning Nos. 5 and 8 to head to the back nine 2-Down.
After losing Hole No. 10, Reinertson won Nos. 11 and 13 before losing the 14th. Facing a 2-Down deficit with three holes to play, Reinertson won Nos. 16 and 17 before halving the 18th to tie the match.
Nebraska’s Calvin Freeman and Matt Record took each of their matches to the final hole, but ultimately fell by a 1-Up margin. Freeman, facing Xander McDonald-Smith, won Nos. 15 through 17 to tie the match before McDonald-Smith birdied the 18th for the victory.
Record, facing Jens Talbert, won Nos. 14, 16 and 17 to square the match before Talbert birdied the final hole.
Dickson fell by a 5&3 margin to JD Dornes, while Jennings dropped a 3&2 match to Chris Houston.
Off the Tee:
• The Huskers are making their fifth all-time appearance in the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate. Last spring Nebraska finished eighth out of 17 teams, shooting 895 over three rounds. The three previous times the Huskers teed it up in Palm Desert, Calif., were 2012 (21st/24: 910), 2011 (10th/20: 911) and 2009 (T-3rd/16: 877). The Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate is in its sixth year.
• During the fall, Nebraska managed a 295.33 stroke average over 15 rounds (five tournaments). The Huskers showed successive improvement over each round, averaging 292 strokes in the third round. NU posted a 299.8 stroke average in the first round and a 294.2 average in the second round. This weekend will be the Huskers’ first stroke play appearance of the spring season.
• The Huskers managed top-10 finishes in four of their five events during the fall season. Nebraska closed 2013 with its best finish, a sixth-place result, at the Price’s Give ‘Em Five Invitational in October. NU’s only finish outside of the top 10 was an 11th-place performance at the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate in October.
• Ross Dickson appeared in every tournament during the fall, compiling a 74.20 stroke average over 15 rounds. The junior managed the best Husker finish of the fall in his tie for 13th at the Firestone Invitational in October.
• The Spring Ahead: After this weekend’s trip to California, the Huskers have five tournaments scheduled, including the Big Ten Championships, May 2-4, at the Pete Dye Course in French Lick, Ind. Nebraska’s next trip is March 10-11 to Aiken, S.C., for the Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate. The Huskers travel to Goodyear, Ariz.; Iowa City, Iowa and Rochester, N.Y., during the remainder of the season.
• 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 Ben Maschka for the 2014-15 season during the winter offseason. Maschka will complete his senior year at Omaha Creighton Prep this spring. He finished second individually at the 2013 Nebraska Class A state championship, helping the Junior Jays to their second consecutive team title. He was a semifinalist at the 2013 Nebraska Men’s Match Play and a quarterfinalist at the 2013 Nebraska Junior Match Play.
• Under Head Coach Bill Spangler, who is in his 13th season, the Nebraska men’s golf team has won 10 tournament titles. Spangler has also guided the Huskers to 30 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).