The Nebraska men’s golf team will be competing in Vero Beach, Florida, at the fifth annual Quail Valley Collegiate Invitational Oct. 23-24. This is the Huskers’ first invitation to this Florida course in the tournament’s history. The team had the opportunity to participate in a practice round at the Quail Valley Golf Course the day before the invitational on Sunday to get familiar with the course layout.

Fourteen other schools will be competing in the event: Michigan State (2016 Champions), University of Louisiana at Monroe (2013 Champions), South Florida, Jacksonville, Middle Tennessee State University, Maryland, Memphis, Southern Mississippi, Louisville, Mississippi State, Cincinnati, Notre Dame, Louisiana Tech and host school McNeese State.

At the Bayou City Collegiate Classic two weeks ago in Houston, Texas, the Husker squad finished with a team score of 890, placing 12th out of 15 teams. Lipscomb University finished in first place with an overall team score of 849.

Top performers at that meet were juniors Jace Guthmiller and Jackson Wendling who both tied for 22nd with individual scores of 218.

Freshman Daniel Pearson finished with a score of 227 to place third on the team for the golf classic. The Quail Valley Collegiate Invitational will be Pearson’s fifth career start as a Husker.

Sophomore Cameron Jones, originally from Perth, Australia, finished two strokes back from Pearson with a score of 229 to finish fourth on the squad. Another sophomore, Tanner Owen, finished with a scorecard of 233 making him the fifth team finisher.

The Quail Valley Golf Classic will be the Husker squad’s last collegiate tournament for the first half of the 2017-2018 golf season. The team is facing growing pains in the early part of this season due to young talent that needs experience. The upcoming golf classic is an opportunity

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