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NU falls two short of title
By John Gaskins
Larry Romjue wasn’t heartbroken
That’s quite a surprise considering
the 29-year Nebraska head coach’s
15th-ranked men’s golf team fell just
two shots short of capturing the Big 12
The Cornhuskers took second
place, as they were unable to catch an
unflappable home-course Kansas team
that held on to take the crown in blus
tery conditions at the Prairie Dunes
Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan. The
performance tied Nebraska’s best in a
conference championship in 62 years.
NU tied KU at 287 in Tuesday’s
final round of the 54-hole tournament
to finish at 859. The Jayhawks’ win
ning score was 857.
Instead of lamenting over the clos
est he’s come as a coach to the title,
Romjue was more focused on his
team’s success. In college golf, finish
ing higher than traditional Top 10 pow
erhouses such as Texas (862) and
Oklahoma State (868), which finished
third and fourth respectively, is quite a
feat to Romjue.
“We did a great job,” Romjue said.
“Sometimes people foiget that second
isn’t all that bad when you beat the
fourth and seventh ranked teams in the
‘Two strokes is microscopic, espe
cially in a tournament like this.”
If Romjue thought two strokes was
microscopic, imagine what it must feel
like to be Jamie Rogers right now.
The Husker senior, ranked No. 48
in the. nation, fell short of winning the
individual title by the slimmest of mar-:
gins. Rogers shot his third straight
round of even-par 70 to finish at 210
and tie for second place with Kansas’
Chris Thompson. They were both one
shot shy of Texas freshman David
Gossett, who shot a final round 68 to
capture the title at one-under-par 209.
What was even more heartbreak
ing for Rogers is how the events
unfolded. Battling a strong north wind
all day, the high-ball hitter was at two
over par for the day and the tournament
and three shots back of the lead stand
ing on the 16th tee.
Rogers birdied the 16th and 17th
holes, then stuck his approach shot on
the 18th to 15 feet. A biidie would have
forced a playoff with Gossett and given
Rogers a chance at his f fth tournament
title of the season. But Rogers left the
uphill birdie putt left of the hole and
had to settle for a par and tie for second.
Rogers was one of three Huskers to
capture Top 10 honors. KU was the
only other team in the field to accom
plish that. Senior Steve Friesen shot his
third straight 71, good enough for a
213 total and a tie for fourth place. He
would have taken the medal alone had
it not been for a tournament-best round
four-under 66 from Colorado’s Matt
Call in die final round.
Rogers’ fellow Australian and
senior Josh Madden followed two
straight ohe-over 71s with a four-over
75 on Tuesday to fall from fifth to a tie
for ninth place.
Rounding out the Husker lineup
were senior Scott Gutschewski and
freshman Seth Porter, who both fired
three-over 73s to finish at 224 and in a
tie for 29th place.
The showing tied Nebraska’s best
in a Big 6/Big 8/Big 12 Championship
since winning the Big 6 title in 1937. It
was also Romjue’s best finish since a
second-place Big 8 showing in 1978.
The Huskers will tee it up next at
the Perry Maxwell Invitational in
Norman, Okla., on May 15-16. They’ll
then head off to Columbus, Ohio, to try
and qualify for the NCAA
Championships at the Central
Regional on May 18-21.
Huskers to help Canada’s cup team
By Jay Saunders
The international stage has been set
for three Nebraska soccer players.
Juniors Amy Walsh and Isabelle
Morneau and sophomore Karina
LeBlanc are putting away the red and
white of Nebraska to don another red
and-white uniform - that of the
Canadian national soccer team.
Those three players, along with NU
Head Coach and Canadian Assistant
Coach John Walker will take part in the
Women’s World Cup, which will be
held in the United States this June.
“It’s nice to see our Nebraska play
ers compete against the best players in
the world,” Walker said.
The three Nebraska players have
helped usher in the success of Canadian
soccer during an era in which the
women’s game is starting to take a larg
er part of the sport’s spotlight.
“It’s not all about guys anymore,”
LeBlanc said. “Women are becoming
But it has been a hard road for the
Canadian women to earn national
respect. The team lacks abundant funds
and some of the older players on the
team have full-time jobs outside of
training with the national team.
Walsh said the good showing in
World Cup qualifying and the opportu
nity to play in the World Cup should
help the cause of the women’s team.
“(The World Cup) will allow us to
prove ourselves and show what we have
done,” Walsh said. “I hope one day
Canadian soccer can garner more
The Nebraska-Canada connection
is part of the future of Canadian
women’s soccer. Walsh and Momeau
each have an opportunity to start in the
World Cup. LeBlanc is listed as the
team’s backup goalkeeper.
A six-week training camp for the
national team will start Sunday. The
camp will probably decide who will
grab the starting spots.
Even though she doesn’t know her
fate, Walsh said simply being a part of
this year’s tournament would be amaz
“I just can’t believe I’ll be participat
ing,” Walsh said. “I just want to take in
the smell of the field and the air and the
Having the players and Walker in
the World Cup won’t just help the
Canadian national team. With Walsh,
Momeau and LeBlanc training year
round together, the soccer program at
Nebraska also stands to benefit.
The television exposure these three
players will get this summer will be an
important tool in making Nebraska bet
ter in the future, Walker said.
“This helps from a recruiting stand
point,” Walker said. “We will be able to
tell players this summer to turn on the
television and you’ll see Nebraska play
ers playing in die World Cup.
“That’s not the same for other uni
On June 19, the Canadians will take
the field for the first time in the 1999
World Cup against Japan.
Instead of playing in front of 1,000
people at Abbott Sports Complex,
Walsh, LeBlanc and Momeau will take
to the pitch in front of an estimated
25,000 at Spartan Stadium in San Jose,
“When I step on the field, my heart
will pound,” LeBlanc said. “It’s not that
I am nervous, just the fact I am there.”
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on the other hand you tell our pitchers
‘How many runs do we have to score
for you, what do we got to do?’ We
stunk it up on the mound tonight and
that is the bottom line.”
One bright spot for NU is that it
now knows it is capable of producing
runs on a quality defensive opponent.
“The hitters did a real good job,”
Van Horn said. “You can’t ask them to
do anymore than what they did; they
kept battling back but the pitching just
wasn’t there tonight.”
Jamal Strong was another bright
spot for NU as he went 2 for 6 with an
RBI and 3 stolen bases. But the night
belonged to Harvey who wowed the
crowd with two three-run home runs to
the opposite field in the first and sixth
innings. Harvey leads the nation in bat
ting average and his home run total is
currently at 19.
NU drops to 30-14, while CU
improves to 29-14. The Huskers lost for
only the fourth time this season at home
but before this weekend had only one
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