The Huskers are making their eighth all-time appearance at the Denver Desert Shootout.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Huskers Head to Denver Desert Shootout

By NU Athletic Communications
When: Thursday, March 21 - Saturday, March 23
Where: Palm Valley Golf Course, Goodyear, Ariz.
Course Par: 72
Course Yardage: 7,015
Format: 54 holes
Thursday: 18 holes starting at 9:30 a.m. CT (Shotgun)
Friday: 18 holes starting at 9:30 a.m. CT (Shotgun)
Saturday: 18 holes starting at 9:30 a.m. CT (Shotgun)
Daily Results and Recap:
NU Media Relations Contact: Connor Stange (402-560-3758)
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Nebraska Lineup (spots to be determined):
  • Kolton Lapa
  • Matt Record
  • Jordan Reinertson
  • Manuel Lavin
  • Kevin Gillick
  • Neil Dufford

The Nebraska men’s golf team will compete in its fourth tournament of the spring at the Denver Desert Shootout, Thursday through Sunday, in Goodyear, Ariz.

Palm Valley Golf Course, a par-72, 7,015-yard layout, will host the event, which starts at 9:30 a.m. CT. The first round is set for Thursday, with the second round on Friday and the final round to begin on Saturday. All three rounds are a shotgun start. A full recap will be available on following each day’s action.

The Huskers will be among 16 teams in the field this week that include Air Force, Baylor, Boise State, BYU, Colorado State, Denver, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Kansas State, New Mexico State, Southern Utah, Tulsa, Wichita State and Wyoming.

Six Nebraska golfers will travel to Goodyear, Ariz., with the top-five to be determined through on-course qualifying. The sixth Husker will play as an individual.

Freshman Kolton Lapa will be the lone underclassman journeying to the Denver Desert Shootout. He will be joined by seniors Jordan Reinertson, Kevin Gillick and Neil Dufford. Juniors Matt Record and Manuel Lavin will also make the trip for Nebraska.

The Huskers are making their eighth all-time appearance in the tournament.

Last Time Out: Huskers Notch Top-10 Finish at Palmetto
The Nebraska men’s golf team shot 296 in the final round of the Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate on Tuesday, March 12 to finish 10th.

The Huskers finished with a 55-over-par 895 total to finish 39 strokes behind team champion Augusta State. On Monday Nebraska opened with 305 before posting 294 in the second round. The individual crown went to USC-Aiken’s Matt Atkins, who shot 206 over three rounds.

Junior Matt Record led NU with a tie for 32nd. Record carded a 5-over-par 75 in the final round at Palmetto Golf Club, a par-70, 6,617-yard layout. He added 75 and 73 on Monday for a 54-hole total of 223.

Kolton Lapa produced a 2-over-par 72 on Tuesday for a three-round score of 225. The freshman shot 77 in the first round and 76 in the second round. Lapa tied for 42nd place, finishing one stroke ahead of teammate Manuel Lavin, who tied for 45th. Lavin paced his way to 77 in Tuesday’s final round to go along with Monday’s 78 and 71.

Jordan Reinertson finished one stroke behind Lavin at 227. Reinertson matched Lapa’s 72 on Tuesday as the lowest Husker score in the final round. The senior posted 81 and 74 in the first two rounds to tie for 52nd.

Senior Kevin Gillick tied for 84th at 240 strokes. He carded 89 in the final round after Monday’s 75 and 76.

Off the Tee:
1. The Huskers are making their eighth all-time appearance in the Denver Desert Shootout. Nebraska competed in the event, which was formerly called the Ron Moore Invitational and the Pioneer Classic, every spring from 2005-2010 but didn’t play there in 2011. The Huskers’ top finish in the event is second place, achieved in both 2006 and 2007. Last season the Huskers tied for 11th, shooting 871 over three rounds.

2. Freshman Kolton Lapa earned Big Ten Golfer-of-the-Week honors on Feb. 27 after tying for fifth at the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate. The weekly accolade was Lapa’s second of the season as he also earned it on Oct. 24, 2012.

3. The Huskers have finished in the top 10 in six of seven stroke play tournaments, which includes the team crown at the Fairway Club Invitational. Nebraska finished fourth at the Price’s Give ‘Em Five Invitational, seventh at the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate, tied for seventh at the D.A. Weibring Intercollegiate, eighth at the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate and 10th at the Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate.

4. Lapa leads the Huskers with a 73.80 stroke average. He is the only player on the team to compete in every tournament this season (20 rounds). Lapa notched three consecutive top-10 finishes from October to February before that streak was snapped at the Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate.

5. The Huskers have a 296.90 stroke average through seven stroke play events, often showing successive improvement in each round. Nebraska’s third round scoring average is 293.17. The Huskers are averaging 301.71 in the first round and 295.29 in the second round.

6. The Huskers added three golfers during the offseason. Sophomore Cameron Palmer joined Nebraska and has competed in two tournaments this spring. The other two golfers, Justin Jennings and Ian Hagener, are set to join the team in 2013-14.

7. Nathan Wong will reshirt in his first season with Nebraska. Wong played high school golf at Hamilton in Chandler, Ariz., and joined the Huskers with his twin brother Aaron.

8. Lapa set the school record for freshman 54-hole scoring mark during the fall season at the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate. He shot 2-under-par 211 for the tournament and tied for seventh. Lapa earned Big Ten Golfer-of-the-Week honors for his performance.

9. The Spring Ahead: The Huskers will compete in three more tournaments, including the Denver Desert Shootout, this spring leading up to the Big Ten Championships, April 26-28. NU will travel to Jonesboro, Ark., and Iowa City, Iowa, before the conference tournament in French Lick, Ind.

10. Under Head Coach Bill Spangler, who is in his 12th 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.

11. The Nebraska men’s golf program has four NCAA Championship appearances along with seven NCAA Regional starts. The last three seasons, the Huskers have sent one individual to the NCAA Regionals. Last season Scott Willman tied for 40th at the Norman Regional. In 2011 Andrew Wyatt tied for 41st at the Colorado Regional and in 2010, Brandon Crick tied for eighth at the West Regional.


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