Huskers Set for Two Events in Six Days
Dates: Monday, Oct. 21 - Tuesday, Oct. 22
Location: NMSU Golf Course, Las Cruces, N.M.
Course Par: 71
Course Yardage: 7,074
Format: 54 holes
- Monday: 36 holes starting at 9 a.m. CT (Shotgun)
- Tuesday: 18 holes starting at 9 a.m. CT (Shotgun)
Scoring: Results to be provided after each day’s competition
Course Website: http://nmsugolf.com/golf/proto/nmsugolf/
Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate Field (17 teams): New Mexico State, Kansas, Wichita State, UTEP, UTSA, Nebraska, Texas State, Northern Colorado, UT Arlington, Sam Houston State, Colorado State, Air Force, UMKC, Nevada, Arizona, UC Riverside, Oral Roberts
1. Matt Record (Sr.)
2. Ross Dickson (Jr.)
3. Kolton Lapa (So.)
4. Calvin Freeman (Jr.)
5. Mike Siwa (Sr.)
The Nebraska men’s golf team concludes its fall season this week with a pair of tournaments over a six-day stretch. The Huskers travel to Las Cruces, N.M., on Monday and Tuesday for the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate before heading to El Paso, Texas for the Price’s Give ‘Em Five Invitational on Friday and Saturday.
NMSU Golf Course, par-71, 7,074-yard layout, is set to host the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate. Monday is 36 holes of continuous play starting with a 9 a.m. CT shotgun. Tuesday’s final round is also a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Recaps and results will be available on Huskers.com following each day’s competition.
NU will be joined by 16 teams in New Mexico, including New Mexico State, Kansas, Wichita State, UTEP, UTSA, Texas State, Northern Colorado, UT Arlington, Sam Houston State, Colorado State, Air Force, UMKC, Nevada, Arizona, UC Riverside and Oral Roberts.
The Huskers have earned three consecutive top-10 finishes to start the season and look to continue that trend in New Mexico and Texas. Matt Record, Ross Dickson and Kolton Lapa each played in every event this fall and will tee it up for the last two tournaments.
Record represents the No. 1 spot in the NU lineup after earning his best finish of the season at the Firestone Invitational two weeks ago. The senior tied for 32nd at 222 strokes for the 54-hole tournament. Record has a 75.33 stroke average over nine rounds this fall.
Dickson, a junior, produced Nebraska’s best individual finish of the season with a tie for 13th at Firestone Country Club. His second-round 69 and 218 total are also season bests for Husker golfers. Dickson averages 74.67 strokes per round and will play in the No. 2 position for the Huskers this week.
Lapa leads the team with a 74.22 stroke average over nine rounds and will be No. 3 in Nebraska’s lineup in New Mexico and Texas. Lapa tied for 37th two weeks ago.
Calvin Freeman (No. 4) and Mike Siwa (No. 5) will join the trio during the final road trip of the fall. Freeman, a junior, has a 74.83 stroke average over six rounds. Siwa, a junior college transfer from South Mountain, is making his first appearance for the Huskers this week.
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Two Nebraska men’s golfers broke par in the final round of the Firestone Invitational on Oct. 8 as the Huskers fired their best score of the tournament (287) at Firestone Country Club’s North Course.
Ross Dickson recorded the best Husker finish of the season through three events with a tie for 13th at the par-72, 7,125-yard layout. Starting on Hole No. 10 in the final round, Dickson made two bogeys on the back nine for 38 but birdied Nos. 3, 5 and 8 for 3-under-par 33 on the front nine. The junior’s 1-under-par 71 earned him a 218 total over 54 holes. On the first day, Dickson added 78 and 69.
The Huskers showed successive improvement through the tournament to finish with 887 strokes. Nebraska opened with 307 before responding with 293 in the second round. NU’s 287 in the final round marked its first subpar round of the season and first since the Denver Desert Shootout last March. The Huskers finished the Firestone Invitational tied for 10th with College of Charleston.
Kolton Lapa managed Nebraska’s best score with 2-under-par 70. Lapa made five birdies, showing improvement after posting 80 and 73 on the first day. Lapa finishes tied for 37th at 223.
Senior Matt Record started on Hole No. 10, bogeying five holes on the back nine en route to 41. However, Record responded on the front nine with birdies on 1, 2, 3 and 6 for 33 and an 18-hole total of 74. Record added 73 and 75 in the first two rounds for 222, which tied for 32nd.
Calvin Freeman carded his best score of the tournament with even-par 72 at Firestone Country Club’s North Course in the final round. Freeman made three birdies in the process, improving on back-to-back 76s on the first day. He finished tied for 44th at 224.
Freshman Justin Jennings made three birdies for his best score of the tournament in the final round. Jennings paced his way to 4-over-par 76 for a three-round total of 235. He tied for 77th.
USC-Aiken took home the team championship, finishing with 7-over-par 871. Eastern Michigan’s Stuart Grehan earned individual medalist honors with 9-under-par 207.
Off the Tee:
• The Huskers are making their eighth all-time appearance in the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate. Nebraska has managed top-10 finishes on four occasions, including last season’s seventh-place result. NU’s top finish came in 2006 when the Huskers garnered runner-up honors.
• Sophomore Kolton Lapa is making his 16th 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 74.22 strokes over nine rounds.
• Junior Calvin Freeman (No. 4) will make his third appearance of the season at the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate.
• Senior Mike Siwa (No. 5) is set for his first start as a Husker after transferring from South Mountain Community College.
• Matt Record (No. 1) and Ross Dickson (No. 2) return to the NU lineup following appearances in each of the first three tournaments this season.
• The Huskers have five consecutive top-10 finishes dating back to last season, including three this fall. 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. Siwa is a senior after transferring from South Mountain Community College, where he played baseball. Siwa attended high school at Omaha Burke.
2. 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. Justin Jennings comes to Nebraska after golfing at Canyon Randall High School in Amarillo, Texas.
4. Ian Hagener played high school golf at Desert Mountain in Scottsdale, Ariz. and will redshirt in 2013-14.
• Following the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate, the Huskers will compete at the Price’s Give ‘Em Five Invitational at Butterfield Trail Golf Club in El Paso, Texas on Friday and Saturday. The tournament is the final event of NU’s fall campaign.
• 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. 14-15 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).