Opportunity Aplenty for Young Huskers in 2017-18
After graduating two seniors last season, the 2017-18 Nebraska men’s golf team will look to its young talent. With no seniors on the roster, there will be plenty of opportunities for the juniors and sophomores to lead the Huskers.
Juniors Jace Guthmiller, Dylan McCabe, Sean Song and Jackson Wendling will be the team’s upperclassmen. Guthmiller is coming off a season where he averaged 73.66 strokes per round, the best among returning Huskers, and captured a pair of top-20 finishes. McCabe returns to the team in his second year after competing at the Seattle Redhawk Invitational last season. Song will head into his third year following a campaign in which he posted a stroke average of 77.13 over 15 rounds. After competing in six stroke-play tournaments as a sophomore and posting a stroke average of 76.16 over 17 rounds, Wendling looks to continue to gain momentum and make strides as he enters his third year in the program.
Sophomores Cameron Jones, and Tanner Owen all competed in at least half of the Huskers’ stroke play events last season as freshmen. Niko Vui returns for his sophomore year following a two-year church mission and looks to contribute to the team in 2017-18. Vui began his career with a promising freshman season in 2014-15, highlighted by his 16th-place finish at the Southern Dunes Invitational where he averaged 75.79 strokes in 19 rounds. Owen and Jones both competed for the Huskers at the Big Ten Match Play Championship. Owen made six appearances and compiled a 75.76 stroke average. Jones played in five tournaments and posted a stroke average of 75.93 over 15 rounds.
Freshmen Patrick Clare and Daniel Pearson join the Huskers with numerous honors from high school. Clare captured the 2017 Nebraska Class A individual state title as a senior for Lincoln East and was named the Lincoln Journal Star Boys Golfer of the Year. Pearson was a three-year Colorado all-state and four-year all-conference team member, while being named BoCoPreps Player of the Year and Front Range Player of the Year in 2016.
The Huskers begin their 2017-18 campaign in Wisconsin at the Badger Invitational, Sept. 10-12. University Ridge Golf Course will host the event.
The team’s next stop will be at the Maui Jim Intercollegiate in Carefree, Ariz. The event will take place at Desert Force Gulf Course on Sept. 22-24. Following the first two road contests, the Huskers return to their home state to compete in The Jackrabbit in Valentine, Neb., for the third consecutive year at the Prairie Club, Oct. 1-3.
Nebraska then heads south to the Bayou City Collegiate Classic in Houston, Texas, Oct. 9-10. The event will take place at the Golfcrest Country Club. For the team’s last stop before the spring season, NU heads to Vero Beach, Fla., to play in the Quail Valley Collegiate Invitational, Oct. 23-24, at the Quail Valley Golf Course.
The spring season kicks off Feb. 9-10 at the Big Ten Match Play Championship in Palm Coast, Fla. Hammock Beach Resort will be the host of the conference event.
One week later, the Huskers venture West to continue the spring season at the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate in Palm Desert, Calif. at the Classic Club on Feb. 16-18. A couple weeks later, the team will head to the Desert Mountain Intercollegiate, March 3-4, in Scottsdale, Ariz., at the Desert Mountain Golf Course/Outlaw Course.
For the team’s last tournament out West, the Huskers head to the Big Horn Invitational in Palm Desert, Calif., on March 23-24 at Big Horn Golf Course/Canyons Course.
NU returns to the Midwest to compete in the Hawkeye Invitational in Iowa City, Iowa at Finkbine Golf Course, April 14-15. The Big Ten Championships will be contested April 27-29 at Baltimore Country Club in Maryland.
NCAA Regionals, which will be hosted at six different sites, are scheduled for May 14-16. The NCAA Championships are slated for May 25-30 at Karsten Creek Golf Course in Stillwater, Okla.