Michigan vs. Vanderbilt starting tonight in the College World Series Championship…is this a fluke for Big Ten Baseball or a sign the conference is truly on the way up?

-Michigan was not a favorite to win the CWS by any means going into the postseason, yet here they are, fresh off of a 15-3 romp of Texas Tech to remain undefeated so far in CWS play…can they keep it going against powerhouse Vanderbilt? Do you care, and if so, who do you root for?

-2 minute drill: Cam Newton offered a man $1500 to change spots with him for more leg room on an airplane, and the man said NO! Serious swag or dumb move by the guy?

 

The Early Break Golf Tour rolls on with….Holdrege Country Club!

-Jake had the chance to play at Holdrege Country Club last week…what did he think of the course and the company? Find out in this week’s stop on the golf tour…..

-Also, SONG OF THE DAY:

The Tampa Bay Rays announce they are considering splitting home games with Montreal…could share sports franchises ever happen again?

-Rays games are always low in attendance, and apparently this is a way to improve overall attendance? Seems like a total disaster. Remember when the Washington Nationals played in Puerto Rico for a while? That was weird. And not ideal

-This brings up the good ol’ days of the Omaha/KC Kings…we discussed last week if it would be possible for Omaha to ever have a pro franchise, based off of the huge attendance of the Royals/Tigers game in Omaha (25,000+ in attendance, the 2nd highest home crowd for a Royals game this season)…could this ever gain ground and is the Tampa/Montreal thing actually possible?

United Airlines announces they’ll do direct flights to college football games this year…what a brilliant concept

-The airline announced that Columbus, Ohio to Lincoln will be one of the direct flights, as well as Baton Rouge to Austin (LSU vs. Texas), and others. Brilliant concept, how many flights could they make this happen for? They will surely sell out of these ones…people would die for something like this!

-Also, SONG OF THE DAY:

Mike Schaefer (247 Sports/Huskers Illustrated): Part 3

-Where does Isaiah Roby get drafted tonight and will you be watching?

-What do you want to hear from Will Bolt today at his opening press conference

MAILBAGGGG!!!!!! Your questions, our answers

-As always, email your questions for Sip & Jake to earlybreak937@gmail.com

-Also, SONG OF THE DAY:

Jake saw an article on ESPN.com that had him wondering…who are the biggest phenoms you thought would be great that flamed out?

-ESPN.com had a nice feature on the disappointing career of Freddy Adu, who was cast as the next big thing in soccer at age 14, but never mounted much of a career and has been a ‘vagabond,’ as the article describes….is there anyone like him you KNEW was going to be great…but it just never happened? (Danny Almonte, Marcus Dupree…)

Andy Janovich hit 3 home runs in batting practice at Coors Field yesterday….could Parker or Jake knock one out of the park?

-Jake had the chance to take batting practice at Kauffman Stadium a few years ago for Media Appreciation Day in Kansas City, and got to the warning track several times—but he claims to be stronger now than he was back then. Could either of the guys get one out of the park?

2-minute drill: Parker is a Wisconsin native, and his Bucks were beaten by Toronto in the ECF…is he pulling for Raptors or Warriors in Finals because of that?          ALSO—GIVE AWAY TICKETS TO NEBRASKA FOLK MUSIC FESTIVAL!

Jordan Burroughs (2x NCAA Champion wrestler/4 time World Champ/2012 Olympic Gold Medalist) / Shut Up Sipple

-Jordan is competing in the Final X at Bob Devaney Sports Center on June 15th against Isaiah Martinez…tell us more about the event

-You’ve faced Martinez before and beat him last year…what makes him such a good challenge?

-Is the ultimate goal to make the 2020 Olympics? And if so, what happens for you after that competition?

You’re never too old to too accomplished to be a grad assistant in college football, apparently

-Former Auburn/Akron football coach Terry Bowden, 63 years old, will join the Clemson football staff as an unpaid intern as he pursues a graduate degree. How cool is that? And what a gain for Dabo Swinney and staff…

-Also, SONG OF THE DAY:

Beatrice Country Club

The fifth stop of the 2019 Early Break Golf Tour is my hometown course, the Beatrice Country Club. I grew up playing this course from elementary through high school, and go back often to play it every spring and summer since I graduated high school. Many refer to it as the hidden gem in southeast Nebraska—I’d argue it’s a hidden gem of the entire state.

BCC has really improved its image from an optics viewpoint over the past few years. When you arrive, you’ll see a nice plaque on the way to the clubhouse, and you’ll see a beautiful new covered patio, which is a huge upgrade over the previous deck that got fried in the sun and in need of constant staining with no cover for it. They also revamped the pool this winter and it looks fantastic, as it sits behind the tee shots of hole 1 and 10, and by the green of 9 and 18.

 

That’s not the only new thing at BCC–the driving range was completely redone this past offseason and it’s full of visual targets to aim at, compared to what it was in the past. Pair that up with a massive putting green, and you have great warm-up facilities for your round.

The golf course is the real treat, obviously. The grass is luscious, and the fairways and greens couldn’t be in better condition. The greens are rolling so true with few bumps and nice speed. You’ll be able to make plenty of putts if your flatstick gets the speed of the greens figured out early.

Hole 1 is an intimidating tee shot, as it’s tree-lined on both sides of the fairway, and there is a pond near the left side of the green. Holes 2 and 3 are also tree-lined but not overly long, so if the driver isn’t accurate, many opt to hit a shorter club to keep the ball in play. Hole 4 is a brutally long par 5 that plays 607 yards from the tips and often times is into the wind, with out of bounds right and hazard left. Hole 5 is a recently renovated short par 3 that is more intimidating than in the past, as the course tore out tall fescue/hazard and instead put in a large pond.

Hole 6 is the signature hole of the course, as a pond lines the entire right side of the teeing area. It can be a driveable par 4 if the wind is helping, but you’re risking putting your tee-shot in the water if you do so. Hole 7 is a challenging hole with trouble again–out of bounds right and hazard left, with another pond by the left side of the green. Hole 8 is a monster par 3 uphill, where par feels like birdie. However, you can bounce right back with a slight dogleg right that is a short par 5 where a birdie is very attainable.

The back 9 starts with a par 4 with OB left and a pond in front of the right side of the green. After the downhill par 3 11th, you’ll need to be accurate with a hybrid or iron on the dogleg left par 4 12th, with a well-protected green awaiting your approach shot. Hole 13 has a huge two-tiered green that sits just beyond a creek. After the long par 5 14th, the course starts opening up again for holes 15 through 17, and then hole 18 finishes with a dogleg right that has OB left and tons of trees on the right.

Beatrice Country Club is a must play for any avid golfer. Just 45 minutes south of Lincoln, it’s a place you’ll want to play often after playing it your first time.

 

Contact Info:
1301 Oak Street
Beatrice, NE 68310

Phone: (402) 223-2710

www.beatricecc.com

Head Pro:  Seth Ray

Early Break: Nebraska basketball assistants speak to the media

  • Doc Sadler makes his return to Lincoln and still is glowing to the media
  • Matt Abdelmassih discussed recruiting transfers, and his relationship with Hoiberg and Sadler
  • They are trying to tamper down expectations for Year one, is there a chance this team could be decent