Big 12 Campus Correspondent
Brandon Crick has vaulted himself into the ranks of the all-time greats in Husker golf history. The senior from McCook, Nebraska is set to become one of the best to ever play the game at Nebraska.
Crick started his career at Gonzaga, spending his freshman and sophomore campaigns as an asset to the Zags squad. He was named the West Coach Conference Freshman of the Year and received All-WCC honorable-mention honors in 2007. He came back to Nebraska after two seasons with the desire to aid the Huskers in his final two seasons of collegiate play.
“I wanted to get closer to home,” Crick said. “You always have a better feeling on your home turf. I was ready to get back to the state of Nebraska. It’s more enjoyable for me to be home so my family can make more tournaments.”
Crick most recently led the Huskers at the inaugural Jackrabbit Invitational. A nearly four-year drought without winning a tournament ended two weeks ago, fittingly, in the desert. Led by Crick’s individual title, the Huskers rolled to an 860 (-4) team score and a 15-stroke victory.
“It was great (to win the tournament),” Crick said. “We’ve been working hard and doing what we could with what we had to work with. It was great to finally see us come out on the winning side of a tournament.”
Heading into his final season at Nebraska, Crick had 14 career top-ten finishes and was the fall 2009 individual stroke leader. He credits his success to his limiting of mistakes, beating the course and taking it one tournament at a time.
“I’ve been working on things like turning double bogeys in to bogeys,” Crick said. “I’ve been trying to be smart, not make mistakes and stay positive.“
Many golfers approach the game in different ways. Crick takes the game with an even keel, not getting too high or too low at any point during the season. It falls onto preparation and keeping a laid-back approach.
During the summer of 2009, Crick made his name known throughout the amateur circuit. He was named the 2009 Nebraska Amateur Golfer of the Year and the 2009 Nebraska Men’s Amateur Champion. The prestigious award came with such honors as being a U.S. Amateur Public Link Championship semifinalist. Crick soon learned of his ability to compete with some of the best amateurs in the country.
“It was nice to see I could compete up there,” Crick said. “I always knew I had the ability, but didn’t have the opportunities until last summer to play in the higher tournaments. It was good to see that kind of opportunity come up and to play well in those situations. It definitely helped carry me into the season at Nebraska. Every tournament you play in is more experience.”
His work during the offseason meant one thing as he entered the fall – that he would be more prepared for each tournament in which the Huskers competed. His experience also showed him the promising career that awaits him in the future. Crick will finish his degree at Nebraska and then look to pursue his passion in golf.
“I think I showed a lot of improvement from high school and every year following it,” he said. “In golf, I think you need to go until you can’t improve anymore. The thing is, there will always be room for improvement, you just have to work hard to make your goals happen.”
From the small town of McCook, Nebraska to Gonzaga and eventually back to his home state, Crick has made quite the journey. The awards and honors started coming in once he began playing golf competitively, and they will no doubt continue throughout his senior season as a Husker.