Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Huskers Head to Philly for Big Ten Golf Championships

By NU Athletic Communications

Big Ten Championships

Friday, April 26 – Sunday, April 28

Philadelphia, Pa. – Philadelphia Cricket Club

Par 70 – 7,119 Yards

Scores: Golfstat.com

 

Nebraska Lineup:

Tanner Owen

Jay Cottam

Jace Guthmiller

Jackson Wendling

Mitch Klooz

 

Format: Three Competition Rounds, 54 holes

Friday, April 26 – 8 a.m. CT: Shotgun Start, 18 holes

Saturday, April 27 – 8 a.m. CT Shotgun Start, 18 holes

Sunday, April 28 – 8 a.m. CT Shotgun Start, 18 holes

 

The Field (Top 50 Golfstat Ranking):

#27 Illinois

Indiana

#38 Iowa

Maryland

Michigan

Michigan State

Minnesota

Nebraska

#47 Northwestern

#45 Ohio State

Penn State

Purdue

Rutgers

Wisconsin

 

Philadelphia, Pa. - The Nebraska men's golf team is set to compete at the 2019 Big Ten Men’s Golf Championships this weekend at the Philadelphia Cricket Club in Philadelphia, Pa. All 14 teams in the conference will compete in the three-day, 54-hole event. Round one will begin at 8 a.m. CT on Friday, April 26, while rounds two and three will take place at 8 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

 

The last time every Big Ten team competed in the same tournament was at the Big Ten Match Play Championships Feb. 8 and 9 in Palm Coast, Fla. The Huskers finished fourth at the event (best B1G Match Play finish in school history) while Ohio State took the crown, Maryland finished second and Illinois placed third.

  

Hear from the Huskers:

Opportunity knocks this weekend for Huskers Head Coach Mark Hankins and the Huskers. With an automatic bid in the NCAA Regionals at stake for the tournament winner, the team is ready to put it all on the line for one last opportunity for postseason play.

 

“We’ve shown some good improvements these past couple weeks as we’ve gotten ready to compete at the Big Ten Championships,” redshirt junior Mitch Klooz said. “You always have to be ready to play your best in these big tournaments at the end of the year, and we think we’re prepared to go out there and shoot some low scores this weekend.”

 

NU senior Jackson Wendling will be playing in his fourth Big Ten Championships this weekend in Philadelphia. He talked about his preparation for the tournament and his mindset as he gets set to compete.

 

“There’s definitely some mixed emotions for me coming into this weekend, but I’m just trying to treat it like any other tournament,” Wendling said. “I’ve prepared as well as I possibly can, my family will be out there supporting me, so I’m just going to try my best and take it all in.”

 

Senior Jay Cottam could be playing in his last tournament as a Husker this weekend. A transfer from Nebraska-Kearney, Cottam has been a revelation as mid-year transfer for NU, playing in all five tournaments the team has been in this spring.

 

“A goal of mine is always to go out and win the tournament,” Cottam said. “I’ve been close to playing really well and putting myself in position to play at a higher level. I feel like if I put it all together this weekend I’m going to be really satisfied with the results.”

 

Junior Tanner Owen is the highest ranked Husker at No. 356 in the country. To qualify for an appearance at the NCAA Regionals, he will likely need a top-five or top-10 finish at the Big Ten Championships.

 

“I don’t know what it’s going to take, but I’ve got a chance to get to regionals this season,” Owen said. “It’s all about going out there and executing my game plan. I’m just going to play shot by shot and try to put myself in the best position I can for a high finish.”

 

Last Year at Big Ten’s:

NU went 299-283-305 at the Big Ten Championships in Baltimore, Md., last year to finish with a team total of 887 (+47). Cameron Jones led the Huskers with a 54-hole score of 219 (+9) to finish in a tie for 28th. Jace Guthmiller carded a 222 (+12), Sean Song shot a 223 (+13) while Jackson Wendling (+15) and Tanner Owen (+18) rounded out the Husker lineup.

 

Illinois fired a three-round team score of 836 (-4) to win the Big Ten Tournament Championship and grab the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Regionals. Ohio State (+11) and Iowa (+19) also finished in the top three.

 

Husker History at Big Ten’s:

2012: 12th (1,251)

2013: 9th (1,214)

2014: 11th (1,224)

2015: 13th (1,238)

2016: 13th (918)

2017: 12th (890)

2018: 11th (887)

 

Husker Hits:

-Tanner Owen was named the Big Ten Golfer of the Week on April 13 after firing a 54-hole score of 214 (+4) to tie for 19th in a field of 132 golfers at The Goodwin, hosted by Stanford University. It’s the first time a Husker has won Big Ten Golfer of the Week since Michael Colgate did so on March 15, 2017. Owen has five top-30 finishes this year.

-Nebraska-Kearney transfer Jay Cottam has been a mainstay in the lineup during his first and only semester as a Husker. The senior earned a top five finish at the Husker Invitational (+1) on April 13. He’s finished either first or second among NU golfers in each of the last three tournaments.

-Huskers senior Jace Guthmiller is looking to build upon his top-10 finish two weeks ago at the Husker Invitational. Guthmiller is the most experienced NU golfer coming into this weekend, playing in a total of 110 rounds during the past four years.

-Effingham, Ill., native Jackson Wendling finished first among Huskers at the Lamkin San Diego Classic after firing a 219 (+3) to finish in a tie for 20th overall. Wendling led all Huskers with 13 birdies on the tournament. It was his first top-25 finish since the 2017 Bayou City Collegiate Classic, when he finished in a tie for 22nd after shooting a 218 (+2).

-Redshirt junior Mitch Klooz has appeared in the last two tournaments for the Huskers after not making the lineup at either the Lamkin San Diego Classic or The Goodwin. Klooz tied for 12th at the Husker Invitational (+8) and tied for 54th (+8) at the Hawkeye Invitational.

 

How to Follow Along: 

Golfstat.com will have the live stats throughout the tournament. Make sure to follow us on Twitter @HuskersGolf for more news and updates on the team.

 

Last Time Out: 

NU took 11th out of 13 teams at the Hawkeye Invitational last weekend in Iowa City, Iowa. The Huskers shot an 866 (+14) at the 54-hole tournament. Tanner Owen notched his fifth top-30 finish of the year after shooting a 214 (+1), including consecutive 68’s (-3) in each of the final two rounds.

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