Huskers Head to Firestone Invitational
Dates: Monday, Oct. 7 - Tuesday, Oct. 8
Location: Firestone Country Club (North Course), Akron, Ohio
Course Par: 72
Course Yardage: 7,125
Format: 54 holes
- Monday: 36 holes starting at 7:30 a.m. CT (Shotgun)
- Tuesday: 18 holes starting at 7:30 a.m. CT (Tee Times off Nos. 1 and 10)
Tournament Central: http://gozips.com/sports/mgolf/FirestoneInvitational/FirestoneInvitational
Course Website: http://www.clubcorp.com/Clubs/Firestone-Country-Club
Daily Results and Recap: www.huskers.com
1. Kolton Lapa (So.)
2. Calvin Freeman (Jr.)
3. Ross Dickson (Jr.)
4. Justin Jennings (Fr.)
5. Matt Record (Sr.)
The Nebraska men’s golf team is set for its third event of the fall season at the Firestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio, Monday and Tuesday, following a two-week break from competition.
Firestone Country Club’s North Course, a par-72, 7,125-yard configuration, will host the 54-hole tournament. The first two rounds are continuous play starting at 7:30 a.m. CT on Monday. Each round is a shotgun start. Tuesday’s final round begins at 7:30 a.m., with tee times off Holes 1 and 10.
The Huskers are among 17 teams in the field this week. Akron, College of Charleston, Davidson, Eastern Michigan, Francis Marion, Georgetown, Illinois State, Kansas State, Miami (Ohio), Ohio, Old Dominion, Samford, St. Mary’s (Calif.), USC-Aiken, Washington State and Western Kentucky make up the list of competing teams at Firestone Country Club.
NU opened the season with back-to-back top-10 finishes at the Columbia NCAA Regional Preview and Mark Simpson CU Invitational. The Huskers seek their fifth top-10 finish in a row, dating back to last season.
Nebraska will use the same lineup as it did at the Mark Simpson CU Invitational two weeks ago. Kolton Lapa, Calvin Freeman, Ross Dickson, Justin Jennings and Matt Record will make the trip to Akron. Lapa represents the No. 1 spot in the NU lineup and will be making his third start of the season. Dickson and Record are also each making their third appearance of the 2013-14 campaign.
Freeman and Jennings are each making their second start of the season. Both golfers are newcomers for the Huskers.
Recaps following each day’s action will be available on Huskers.com.
Last Time Out:
Lapa Propels Huskers to Seventh-Place Finish
Nebraska’s balanced scoring effort on Tuesday, Sept. 24, led to the Huskers’ best score of the week in the final round of the Mark Simpson Colorado Invitational.
Nebraska finished seventh after firing a final-round 294 at Colorado National Golf Club, a par-72, 7,741-yard layout. The Husker started the day by completing the second round, which was shortened due to darkness on Monday. NU posted 295 in the second round after a first-round 309.
Sophomore Kolton Lapa notched the best NU finish for the second consecutive week with a tie for 17th. On Tuesday, Lapa birdied two of his first seven holes (Nos. 7 and 11) before adding another on the par-4 17th for 2-over-par 74. He finishes the tournament at 223 after posting 79 and 70 in the first two rounds.
Calvin Freeman managed the best Husker score of the day with even-par 72. Playing in his first event for Nebraska, Freeman bogeyed two of his first four holes (Nos. 7 and 10) on Tuesday but responded with birdies on Nos. 12, 16, 17 and 1 in the final round. Freeman tied for 27th at 225.
Senior Matt Record notched a tie for 36th with 227 strokes over three rounds. Record used bookend 74s at Colorado National Golf Club to go along with a second-round 79. In the final round, he made three birdies, three bogeys and one double bogey.
Justin Jennings completed his first collegiate tournament with 2-over-par 74. Starting on Hole No. 6, the freshman bogeyed his first two holes before scorching the back nine for 1-under-par 35. Jennings added a birdie on the par-4 third hole to complete the front nine in 39. Jennings finished tied for 58th at 231.
Junior Ross Dickson closed the Mark Simpson Invitational with 6-over-par 78, which was highlighted by a birdie on the par-4 fourth hole. Dickson tied for 61st with rounds of 83 and 71 on Monday.
Colorado and Washington State shared the team title, each amassing 882 strokes over the 54-hole event. No playoff was held to determine a champion. Houston Baptist’s Preston Stanley held on for individual medalist honors after a final-round 69 and tournament total of 215.
Off the Tee:
• The Huskers are making their third all-time appearance in the Firestone Invitational. Nebraska has played in the event in each of the last two seasons and is seeking its first top-10 finish at Firestone Country Club. Last season NU finished 13th after a 12th-place result in 2011.
• Sophomore Kolton Lapa is making his 15th collegiate start after competing in all 12 tournaments as a freshman last season for the Huskers. Lapa, a Mesa, Ariz. native, led the team with a 74.27 stroke average over 33 rounds in 2012-13 and garnered three top-10 finishes. This season Lapa is averaging 74.17 strokes over six rounds.
• Junior Calvin Freeman (No. 2) and freshman Justin Jennings (No. 4) are each making their second start of the 2013-14 season. Both competed in the Mark Simpson CU Invitational two weeks ago. Freeman tied for 27th in Erie, Colo., while Jennings tied for 58th.
• Ross Dickson (No. 3) and Matt Record (No. 5) return to the NU lineup following appearances in each of the first two tournaments this season.
• The Huskers have four consecutive top-10 finishes dating back to last season, including this year’s Mark Simpson CU Invitational and NCAA Columbia Regional Preview. Nebraska concluded the 2012-13 campaign with a ninth-place result at the Big Ten Championships after taking fifth place at the Hawkeye Invitational. In all, NU managed nine top-10 finishes in 11 stroke play events during 2012-13.
• Four newcomers joined the Huskers prior to the 2013-14 season:
1. Mike Siwa is a senior after transferring from South Mountain Community College, where he played baseball. Siwa attended high school at Omaha Burke.
2. Calvin Freeman transferred from Southeast Community College in Beatrice, Neb., where he twice earned first-team NJCAA All-America honors. Freeman, a Table Rock, Neb. native, went to high school at Humboldt-Table Rock-Steinauer and placed in the state golf top 10 all four years.
3. Ian Hagener played high school golf at Desert Mountain in Scottsdale, Ariz. and begins his freshman season in 2013-14.
4. Justin Jennings comes to Nebraska after golfing at Canyon Randall High School in Amarillo, Texas.
• Nebraska is set to make two more appearances this fall following this week’s Firestone Invitational. After competing in Ohio, the Huskers take a two-week break from competition before returning in Las Cruces, N.M. for the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate, Oct. 21-22. The fall season concludes three days later at the Price’s Give ‘Em Five Invitational at Butterfield Trail Golf Club in El Paso, Texas.
• In the spring, the Huskers have seven tournaments scheduled, including the Big Ten Championships, May 2-4, at the Pete Dye Course in French Lick, Ind. NU opens its spring season Feb. 7-8 at the Big Ten Match Play in Bradenton, Fla., before trips to Palm Desert, Calif.; Aiken, S.C.; Goodyear, Ariz.; Iowa City, Iowa; and Rochester, N.Y.
• 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 every 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).