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Men host Maverick Collegiate Invitational in Nebraska City

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Published: Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Updated: Sunday, December 15, 2013 17:12

Golf Team

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The UNO Goft Team.


The University of Nebraska Omaha men’s golf team will be hosting the UNO Maverick Collegiate Invitational.  Play will begin Monday at 8:30 a.m. at the Arbor Links Golf Course in Nebraska City, Neb. and will continue into Tuesday. The tournament will draw the likes of fellow Summit League members North Dakota State, Western Illinois, North Dakota and South Dakota, as well as Concordia-St. Paul, Iowa Western CC and Grand Canyon.

    North Dakota State comes into the Maverick Collegiate Invitational after finishing second in the past two tournaments they’ve competed in by only a combined six strokes, two strokes at SDSU and six strokes at their home tournament. The Bison also had a fourth place finish earlier among ten teams at the Navy Fall Classic in Annapolis, MdNDSU is fourth in the Summit League in team average in scoring with 295.2.

    Western Illinois makes the long trip west to Nebraska City, averaging a score of 299. This is an outing which is fifth in the Summit League.  Western Illinois also finished tenth last weekend at the Murray State Invitational in Murray, Ky. scoring 892, +40 as a team.  The Leathernecks are no strangers to Arbor Links as they participated in a tournament there in 2011, finishing seventh with an average team score of 304 in three rounds and 912 overall.

         North Dakota is currently off to a slow start this fall season after competing in only two tournaments so far.  UND finished seventh at the Jackrabbit Invitational in Sioux Falls, S.D. with a final team score of 926, +83 after three rounds of play.  They finished 13th last weekend at the Houston Baptist Huskies Intercollegiate Invite in Houston, Texas with a final team score of 926, +74.  North Dakota will be looking to turn things around come Monday and Tuesday at Arbor Links.

    South Dakota enters this week’s tournament averaging a score of 300.2 so far after three tournaments this fall.  With finishes of third, fifth, and sixth respectively, the Yotes will be looking for a strong finish this week in Nebraska City.  USD is coming off a sixth place finish at the Jim Colbert Classic in Manhattan, Kansas finishing just ahead of UNO.

    The Concordia Golden Bears will step up to the Division-1 competition in Nebraska City come Monday and Tuesday.  The Division-II Golden Bears finished third in the NSIC Golf Championship last weekend.  Concordia-St. Paul finished just ten strokes back of second, with a score of 624, +48 as a team after two rounds.

    The Iowa Western CC Rievers are also participating in the Maverick Intercollegiate Invitational this week.  The Reivers finished last season strong with a sixth place finish at the NJCAA National Championships last May. Iowa Western’s first tournament of the fall season was at Midland University in Fremont, Neb., where the Reivers came away with a victory.  They finished first out of a combination of 18 teams with a team score of 288.

    Grand Canyon will compete in their third tournament of the fall season this week at Arbor Links.  They came away with a fifth place finish at the Charles Coody West Texas Intercollegiate in Abilene, Texas to start off the season.  The ‘Lopes went on to finish tied for eighth at the Dash Thomas Memorial Tournament hosted by Boise State University with a final team score of 873, +21.  However, Grand Canyon came away strong last weekend at the Jim Colbert Intercollegiate in Manhattan, Kansas finishing third with a final team score of 925, +61.

    The hosts, the UNO Mavericks will be entering their own tournament coming off a seventh place finish for the second straight year at the Jim Colbert Intercollegiate at Kansas State.  This will be the fifth and final tournament for the Mavs this fall season.  UNO is averaging a team score of 306.1, which is seventh in the Summit League.  The Mavericks best finish this fall season came at the Erv Kaiser Invitational at North Dakota State where they finished third with a final team score of 913, +49.

    This year’s tournament will consist of 11 of the top 25 golfers from the Summit League, including number one ranked Bill Carlson of North Dakota State.  Carlson leads the Bison as well as the Summit League in scoring average per round with a 70.9.  He was last month’s Summit League male golfer of the month and won his first collegiate tournament last month at NDSU’s own Erv Kaiser Invitational with a 54 hole score of 214, -2.  Fellow Bison in the top 25, Trent Olson (13th), Connor Holland (15th), and Jacob Herdine (21st) are also hoping to join the mix come Monday and Tuesday. 

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