The Huskers face Ohio State in Friday's opening round.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Huskers Open Spring Season in Florida

By NU Athletic Communications

Dates: Friday, Feb. 14 - Saturday, Feb. 15
Location: The Concession Golf Club, Bradenton, Fla.
Course Par: 72
Course Yardage: 7,474
Format: Match Play

  • Friday Morning: Round One starting at 6:30 a.m. CT (Hole Nos. 1 and 10)
  • Friday Afternoon: Quarterfinals starting at 11 a.m. CT (Hole Nos. 1 and 10), Consolation matches starting at 12:20 p.m. CT (Hole Nos. 1 and 10)
  • Saturday Morning: Semifinals starting at 6:30 a.m. CT (Hole Nos. 1 and 10), Consolation matches starting at 7:10 a.m. CT (Hole Nos. 1 and 10)
  • Saturday Afternoon: Finals starting at noon CT (Hole No. 1), Consolation matches starting at noon CT (Hole Nos. 1 and 10)

Course Website:
Daily Results and Recap:

1. Illinois
2. Purdue
3. Northwestern
4. Iowa
5. Ohio State
6. Indiana
7. Minnesota
8. Michigan
9. Michigan State
10. Penn State
11. Wisconsin
12. Nebraska

Probable Lineup:

  • Ross Dickson
  • Calvin Freeman
  • Matt Record
  • Justin Jennings
  • Mike Siwa
  • Josh Reinertson
  • Manuel Lavin

After a nearly four-month break from collegiate competition, the Nebraska men’s golf team resumes its season on Friday and Saturday at the Big Ten Match Play Championship.

The Concession Golf Club, a par-72, 7,474-yard layout, is set to host the two-day event in Bradenton, Fla. Live scoring and brackets are available on the AJGA website at the link provided above.

The first round of the Big Ten Match Play starts on Friday at 6:30 a.m. CT. The Huskers, representing the No. 12 seed, face No. 5 seed Ohio State beginning at 7:10 a.m., on Hole No. 1. The winner of their match will face fourth-seeded Iowa.

Friday afternoon’s competition, consisting of the quarterfinals and consolation matches, commences at 11 a.m., on both nines. The semifinals are set for Saturday morning at 6:30 a.m., while the finals are slated for a noon tee time. Consolation matches will also take place during Saturday morning and afternoon at The Concession.

Seven Huskers made the trip to Florida in their first event of the spring season. Fall stroke leader Ross Dickson (74.20) leads the way with the No. 1 spot in Nebraska’s lineup.

Calvin Freeman, Matt Record, Justin Jennings and Mike Siwa are also scheduled to make starts for the Huskers at the Big Ten Match Play. Junior Josh Reinertson and senior Manuel Lavin could also make appearances.

Results and recap of each day’s competition will be available on

Last Time Out: Huskers Close Fall with Sixth-Place Finish
Nebraska finished its fall season on Oct. 26 by finishing sixth at the Price’s Give ‘Em Five Invitational at Butterfield Golf Club. The finish marks the Huskers’ best of the 2013-14 season in five events and their fourth top-10 result.

Nebraska shot 295 in the final round on the par-72, 7,307-yard layout. On Friday, the Huskers posted back-to-back subpar rounds (286-284) and finish the 54-hole tournament at 865, which is their lowest of the season by 22 strokes.

Sophomore Kolton Lapa produced the best Husker score in the final round with 2-under-par 70. Lapa started on Hole No. 9, making two birdies and no bogeys on the back nine before adding two birdies and two bogeys on the front nine. He finishes tied for 22nd at 217.

Justin Jennings also tied for 22nd with Lapa. Jennings managed one birdie in the final round en route to 3-over-par 75. He carded rounds of 73 and 69 on Friday at Butterfield Trail Golf Club.

Ross Dickson and Calvin Freeman tied for 34th at 220. Dickson’s steady play on Saturday produced 14 pars in a 4-over-par 76. He added 71 and 73 in the first two rounds.

Freeman made three birdies on Saturday en route to a final-round 74. On Friday, Freeman posted 71 and 75 in El Paso.

Mike Siwa followed up back-to-back 71s on Friday with an 83 on Saturday. Siwa’s round was highlighted by a birdie on the par-4 15th hole. The senior finished the tournament in 59th place.

Off the Tee:
• The Huskers are making their third all-time appearance in the Big Ten Match Play Championship since joining the conference in 2011. Last season, Nebraska posted an 0-2-1 record, led by Matt Record’s perfect 3-0-0 performance at The Concession Golf Club. The Huskers also went 0-2-1 in 2011-12.

• 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.

• 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 Florida, the Huskers have six tournaments scheduled, including the Big Ten Championships, May 2-4, at the Pete Dye Course in French Lick, Ind. Nebraska’s next trip is Feb. 21-23 to Palm Desert, Calif., for the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate. The Huskers travel to Aiken, S.C., and Goodyear, Ariz., in March before journeying to Iowa City, Iowa, and Rochester, N.Y., in April.

• 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).


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