By Nate Tenopir, Sports Editor
The men’s golf team had a busy weekend competing at the Hotels at Grand Prairie Invitational Friday and Saturday in Peoria, Ill., then returning to Nebraska for the Midland Invite in Fremont on Monday. Though it might have been a busy travel schedule, the Mavs didn’t show it on the course.
UNO took home fourth place at Bradley on Saturday then did themselves one better with a third place finish at Midland. At Bradley, the Mavs improved their team score each round, then finished just five shots back at Midland.
Freshman Mitch Johnson was UNO’s highest finisher of the two events, shooting a three-round 224 at Bradley to grab eighth place. Johnson’s third-round 74 on Saturday was also the Mavs’ lowest score of the weekend.
But unlike the rest of the team, Johnson couldn’t keep that momentum going into Midland. Johnson finished Monday in 54th with UNO’s highest score, an 88.
Friday it was a 75 then a 77 by Johnson in the first two rounds that set the Mavs up to earn fourth. Redshirt freshman Michael Shukis stayed in the 70s as well, putting up a 77 and a 76.
Freshman Karl Krieser ended Friday with an 81 and a 78; redshirt freshman Taylor Sidzyik shot back-to-back 80s and Alex Holtan improved a first-round 87 to a second-round 77. UNO had a team score of 313 in the first round, and 308 in the second round.
All five golfers but one either equaled or tied their best score of the tournament on Saturday. Johnson led with a 74, Krieser tied his second round mark of 78, Sidzyik shot two better with a 78 and Holtan dropped his second round 77 to a third round 76.
After staying in the 70s the first two rounds, Shukis stumbled and shot an 82 in the final round. Despite his trouble, the Mavs’ 306 was their best of the tournament, securing fourth place.
Loyola of Chicago won the event with an 878, Wisconsin-Green Bay was second with an 892 and host Bradley took third with a 901. Bradley’s Daniel Young won the tournament with a one under 215.
The top six were all separated by one shot between each of them. Tournament-winner Loyola placed all five golfers in the top 10.
Monday it was Krieser, Sidzyik and Shukis leading the way with 78s. The trio tied for 11th, five shots back of winner Calvin Freeman of Southeast Community College.
Holtan was only a shot back of his teammates, shooting a 41 on the front nine and 38 on the back nine to end in a tie for 18th. Johnson’s 88 came on 44s on the front and back nine.
Krieser and Sidzyik both had 39s on the front and back while Shukis went 38-40. Southeast Community College won the event with a 308.
Morningside Junior Varsity took second, one shot back. The Mavs’ 313 was three shots better than fourth place Midland.
The Midland Invite was UNO’s final tournament of the year. The Mavs will pick the clubs again next fall with a full Summit League schedule.