Owen Finishes Top 25 at Fighting Irish Classic
South Bend, Ind. - The Nebraska men's golf team completed the two-day Fighting Irish Classic at Warren Golf Course this afternoon. NU finished in 14th place overall, posting scores of 287 (+3) in the first round and 292 (+8) in both the second and third rounds. Their three-round total came out to be 871 (+19).
Illinois, the reigning Big Ten champion, won the tournament by a convincing margin, firing an 808 (-44) over 54-holes. Their closest competitor was Georgia Southern, who scored 818 (-34) as a team. North Carolina rounded out the top three with their three-round score of 821 (-31).
Patrick Clare, a sophomore out of Lincoln East High School, completed his first tournament appearance of the season for NU by carding a 75 (+4). His three-round total came out to be 221 (+8), as he shot a 72 (+1) in the first round and a 74 (+3) in round two. Clare, who only played five rounds for NU in 2017-18, beat his previous career-low 54-hole score of 236 (+20), which he set at the Badger Invitational last fall.
Jackson Wendling shot a 71 (E) and a 75 (+4) in rounds one and two, respectively. The senior fired a 78 (+7) in round three to finish up the weekend tied for 78th place with teammate Daniel Pearson. Pearson, who shot a 77 (+6) in round one and a 75 (+4) in round two, had his best round of the weekend today when he shot a 72 (+1). Wendling and Pearson both finished up at 224 (+11).
Tanner Owen tied his career-low 54-hole score of 210 this weekend at the Fighting Irish Classic. The last time he scored a 210 was last fall at the Jackrabbit Invitational. Owen fired a 71 (E) in round one before shooting a 69 (-2) and a 70 (-1) in rounds two and three, respectively. He tied for 21st overall in a field of 84 golfers, which marks his first top-25 finish of the year and third of his career.
Owen commented on his confidence level after this weekend’s breakout performance.
“I feel very confident in my game right now,” Owen said. “I hit a lot of really nice iron shots this weekend and my putting inside ten feet was key. I still feel like I left a few strokes out there, but I can feel it that a really good round where I shoot five or six under par is right around the corner.”
Jace Guthmiller finished fourth among NU golfers and 73rd overall after carding a 75 (+4) in the third round. He shot a 73 (+2) in round one and a 74 (+3) in round two for a three-round total of 222 (+9).
Head Coach Mark Hankins spoke about his team’s performance this weekend and preparations for the next tournament.
“We’re going to evaluate things and keep looking at ways to improve our lineup,” Hankins said. “We have to keep trusting the process and getting better every single day. If we do that, the results will follow.”
The Huskers will be back in action Sunday, Oct. 14 through Tuesday, Oct. 16 at the Quail Valley Collegiate Invite in Vero Beach, Fla. Make sure to follow along on Twitter @HuskersGolf for content and updates during the week.
Fighting Irish Classic
Sunday, Oct. 7 – Monday, Oct. 8
South Bend, Ind. – Warren Golf Course
Par 71 – 7,020 yards
Live scoring: birdiefire.com – Link
- Illinois: 270-268-270 = 808 (-44)
- Georgia Southern: 266-277-275 = 818 (-34)
- North Carolina: 270-280-271 = 821 (-31)
- Iowa: 277-279-277 = 833 (-19)
- Notre Dame: 279-277-282 = 838 (-14)
T6. Iowa State: 278-275-288 = 841 (-11)
T6. Wisconsin 283-277-281 = 841 (-11)
- Michigan: 293-285-267 = 845 (-7)
- Michigan State: 280-287-283 = 850 (-2)
T10. Southern Illinois: 289-279-283 = 851 (-1)
T10. Northern Illinois: 289-280-282 = 851 (-1)
- Southern Alabama: 296-282-277 = 855 (+3)
- Miami (OH): 286-293-280 = 859 (+7)
- Nebraska: 287-292-292 = 871 (+19)
- Toledo: 295-286-292 = 873 (+21)
T-21st Tanner Owen: 71-69-70 = 210 (-3)
T-68th Patrick Clare: 72-74-75 = 221 (+8)
73rd Jace Guthmiller: 73-74-75 = 222 (+9)
T-78th Jackson Wendling: 71-75-78 = 224 (+11)
T-78th Daniel Pearson: 77-75-72 = 224 (+11)