The Huskers compete in Arizona this week.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Huskers Tee It Up for Desert Shootout

By NU Athletic Communications

Dates: Thursday, March 20 - Saturday, March 22
Location: Palm Valley Golf Club, Goodyear, Ariz.
Course Par: 72
Course Yardage: 7,015
Format: 54 holes

  • Thursday: 18 holes starting at 10 a.m. CT (Shotgun)
  • Friday: 18 holes starting at 10 a.m. CT (Shotgun)
  • Saturday: 18 holes starting at 9:30 a.m. CT (Shotgun)

Scoring: No live scoring (Check for results afterwards)
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Nebraska Lineup:
1. Ross Dickson
2. Matt Record
3. Mike Siwa
4. Josh Reinertson
5. Calvin Freeman

Nebraska Individual:
Aaron Wong

The Nebraska men’s golf team will make a familiar trip this week when the Huskers visit Palm Valley Golf Club in Goodyear, Ariz., for the Desert Shootout, Thursday through Saturday.

The Huskers are making their ninth all-time appearance in the event, dating back to 2005. Last season, Nebraska finished sixth with an 859 total.

This season’s tournament commences on Thursday at 10 a.m. CT, with a shotgun start. Friday’s second round is slated to begin at the same time. Saturday’s final round is also a shotgun, scheduled to get underway at 9:30 a.m.

Fourteen teams will join the Huskers in Arizona: Bowling Green, BYU, Cal State Fullerton, Columbia, Creighton, Drake, Grand Canyon, Idaho, Kansas, Kansas State, Kansas City, Long Beach State, Nebraska, Northern Iowa and Southern Utah. Denver will send individuals only to the tournament.

Ross Dickson (No. 1), Matt Record (No. 2), Mike Siwa (No. 3), Josh Reinertson (No. 4) and Calvin Freeman (No. 5) represent the Nebraska lineup at the Desert Shootout, while sophomore Aaron Wong will play as an individual in the 54-hole tournament.

Last Time Out: Dickson Collects Top-30 Finish
Junior Ross Dickson led Nebraska on Tuesday, March 11, by shooting 76 in the final round of the Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate to tie for 28th.

The Huskers finished 17th as a team, producing a 311 total over the final 18 holes. Nebraska opened Monday with 296 before posting 308 in the second round. NU’s 54-hole total at Palmetto Golf Club, a par-70, 6,617-yard layout, was 915.

Dickson finished the tournament with an 11-over-par 221 total over three rounds. The lone Husker to start every tournament this season, Dickson shot a first-round 70 on Monday before adding 75. He records his fourth top-30 finish of the season in seven stroke play events.

Senior Matt Record also fired 6-over-par 76 in the final round to tie the low Husker score of the day. He tied for 47th with a 225 total over 54 holes at Palmetto Golf Club. On Monday, he recorded rounds of 73 and 76 to contribute to his two-day score.

Fellow senior Mike Siwa finished 79th after a final-round 83. He finished with a 237 total after scores of 80 and 74 over the first 36 holes.

Justin Jennings, a freshman, completed the tournament at 28-over-par 238. After carding 76 and 83 on Monday, Jennings shot 79 on Tuesday to finish 80th.

Nebraska native Calvin Freeman took 86th after a final-round 80. He posted 244 over 54 holes.

Clemson took home the team tournament title, edging runner-up Virginia by two strokes with an 854 total. The Tigers’ Austin Langdale earned medalist honors with an even-par 210 total.

Off the Tee:
• The Huskers are making their ninth all-time appearance in the Desert Shootout, which also used to be referred to as the Ron Moore Invitational and the Pioneer Classic. Last spring, Nebraska finished sixth out of 16 teams, shooting 859 over three rounds. The Huskers managed back-to-back runner-up finishes in 2006 and 2007 as their best results dating back to their first appearance in 2005.

• Nebraska has managed a 296.48 stroke average over 21 rounds (seven stroke play tournaments) this season. The Huskers have shown successive improvement over each round, averaging 295.43 strokes in the third round. NU has a 298.00 stroke average in the first round and a 296.00 average in the second round.

• The Huskers have managed top-10 finishes in four of their seven stroke play events this season. Nebraska closed 2013 with its best finish, a sixth-place result, at the Price’s Give ‘Em Five Invitational in October.

• Ross Dickson has appeared in every tournament this season, compiling a 74.24 stroke average over 21 rounds. The junior managed the best Husker finish of the season so far in his tie for 13th at the Firestone Invitational in October.

• Josh Reinertson will be making his first stroke play appearance of the season this week. He previously competed for the Huskers at the Big Ten Match Play Championship, where he went 0-0-1.

• Calvin Freeman is making his eighth start of the season, Matt Record is making his seventh and Mike Siwa is making his sixth. Sophomore Aaron Wong is making his second appearance of 2013-14, but his first as an individual.

• The Spring Ahead: After this weekend’s trip to Arizona, the Huskers have three tournaments scheduled, including the Big Ten Championships, May 2-4, at the Pete Dye Course in French Lick, Ind. Nebraska’s next trip is April 12-13 for the Hawkeye Invitational in Iowa City, Iowa. The Huskers also travel to Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y., during April before the conference tournament.

• 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, Nebraska 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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