Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Owen Notches Third Top 25 Finish of the Season

By NU Athletic Communications

The Goodwin

Thursday, March 28-Saturday, March 30

Palo Alto, Calif.. – Stanford University Golf Course

Par 70 - 6,850 Yards

Scores: GolfStat.com

 

Nebraska Scores: 293-304-297 = 894 (+54)

T-19th Tanner Owen: 69-71-74 = 214 (+4)

T-65th Jay Cottam: 74-75-72 = 221 (+11)

T-95th Jace Guthmiller: 74-79-73 = 226 (+16)

T-123rd Jackson Wendling: 76-79-78 = 233 (+23)

T-130th Cameron Jones: 78-80-87 = 245 (+35)

 

Palo Alto, Calif., - The Nebraska men's golf team finished in 23rd place at The Goodwin this weekend, the 27-team tournament hosted by Stanford University. NU finished the tournament with a final team score of 894 (+54). The Goodwin was played at Stanford’s on-campus golf course, which is a Par 70, 6,850-yard course.

 

“We were prepared and got off to a good start. We played a solid first round, but weren’t able to follow that up with another team round,” Huskers Head Coach Mark Hankins said. “We lost focus on the backside on day two, poor body language, bad decisions and lack of execution cost us way too many shots as a team. Each player needs to manage their expectations and maintain discipline throughout an entire tournament for us to realize our potential this season.”

 

Coach Hankins also touched on junior Tanner Owen’s performance. Owen led all Huskers and finished tied for 19th overall in the 132-player field.

 

“Tanner put it all together and was ready to go from the first hole”, added Hankins. “He did a great job of practicing his weaknesses over the past two weeks, chipping and putting every chance he got, and then focused in when it mattered. This was our first time on Stanford’s golf course and he was able to adapt quickly and compete with many of the top players in the country.”

 

Stanford took the tournament title after firing a (-8) over 54-holes, winning the tournament by 12 strokes. Southern California (+10), California (+12), Oklahoma (+14) and Washington (+17) rounded out the top five.

 

Huskers junior Tanner Owen notched his third top-25 finish of the year, carding six birdies total in three rounds and chipped in four times from off the green. His best shot of the tournament came on a 35-yard chip in on the 3rd hole of his round today.

 

“I’m definitely excited about this one,” Owen said. “Looking at the leaderboard, this is one where I was right there and felt like I could have won it. I felt like I could play with anyone in the tournament, I just needed to sharpen up my iron game and make a couple more putts when it mattered.”

 

Nebraska-Kearney graduate transfer Jay Cottam tied for 65th overall after he played his best round of the tournament on day three. Cottam fired a 72 (+2) to finish with a 54-hole score of 221 (+11). Cottam started out with a double bogey on hole 10, his first hole of the day, but was able to bounce back with a couple birdies and only had one other hole over par the rest of the round.

 

“I just tried to stay patient and stay consistent,” Cottam said. “I didn’t feel like I played my best this weekend but I just tried to take what the course gave me and I ended up posting a good score today. I’m excited to build off of this and work toward our home tournament in a couple weeks.”

 

Senior Jace Guthmiller also played his best round of the three-day tournament today, shooting a 73 (+3) to complete a 54-hole score of 226 (+16). Guthmiller tied for 95th overall. Jackson Wendling (+23) and Cameron Jones (+35) completed the Husker lineup.

 

Up Next:

The Huskers are back in action in two weeks as NU hosts the Git-R-Done Husker  Invitational at Firethorn Golf Club in Lincoln on April 13. Fans are welcome to come and watch the 36-hole tournament at Firethorn GC. Admission is free.

 

Team Standings:

1. Stanford: 279-279-274 = 832 (-8)

2. USC: 286-279-285 = 850 (+10)
3. Oklahoma: 288-280-286 = 854 (+14)
4. California: 286-280-289 = 855 (+15)
5. Washington: 278-291-288 = 857 (+17)
6. UNLV: 292-286-282 = 860 (+20)
7. Pepperdine: 293-290-280 = 863 (+23)

8.   Santa Clara: 287-293-284 = 864 (+24)

T9. Northwestern: 288-293-286 = 867 (+27)

T9.  Nevada: 304-280-283 = 867 (+27)

T9.  BYU: 295-282-290 = 867 (+27)

T9. Oregon: 287-290-290 = 867 (+27)

T13. San Jose State: 291-288-289 = 868 (+28)

T13. San Francisco: 288-292-288 = 868 (+28)

15. Colorado: 287-292-290 = 869 (+29)

16. Florida: 290-284-297 = 871 (+31)

17. Arizona: 295-292-287 = 874 (+34)

18. McNeese State: 294-296-287 = 877 (+37)

T19. Stanford (B): 297-292-291 = 880 (+40)

T19. SMU: 302-291-287 = 593 (+40)

T21. Toledo: 301-287-293 = 881 (+41)

T21. St. Mary’s: 296-293-292 = 881 (+41)

23. Nebraska: 293-304-297 = 894 (+54)

24. George Washington: 299-307-295 = 901 (+61)

25. UC Davis: 295-308-299 = 902 (+62)

26. Nova Southeastern: 310-294-300 = 904 (+64)

27. San Diego: 310-302-297 = 909 (+69)

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