March 1, 2014
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Freshmen Caulen Coe (Gulf Stream, Fla./University of Nebraska Independent School) recorded his first career top-10 finish, leading the Northern Illinois University men’s golf team to a fifth-place team finish on Saturday at the Forest Hills Collegiate at Forest Hills Golf Club.
Coe posted a 36-hole total of 151 to lead the Huskies, his previous best finish was a tied for 60th at the Pinetree Intercollegiate to close the fall portion of the schedule.
“It is a huge boost to Caulen’s confidence, playing on his type of grass, playing on Bermuda,” said NIU head coach Tom Porten. “He grew up playing on this surface and is very comfortable on it. He tried to get aggressive late in the second round, trying to get into the top-five, and he hit a ball off a pine tree into the woods and made a double bogey. Outside of that, he was clean all day and handled the difficulty of the greens, the firmness of the golf course much better than the rest of our team.”
Host Georgia Regents University August won the team title with a two-round total of 594, seven strokes ahead of second-place USC Upstate. Meechai Padung of GRU August took individual medalist honors with a 36-hole total of 143, winning by four strokes.
Freshman Jake Curwin (Faribault, Minn./Shattuck St. Mary’s) had the second-best finish for NIU, tying for 28th with a two-round score of 159. Pierrick Fillon (Voreppe, France/Lycee Pierre Beghin) was just a shot behind Curwin at 160, 30th-place, and junior Liam White (Waukegan, Ill./Carmel Catholic/Indian Hills CC) was one more stroke back, tied for 31st at 161.
“The story of the day for our team was putting,” said Porten. “We shot 317 this morning and we three-putted 20 times. We are hitting the golf ball better tee-to-green, or around the green, unfortunately we weren’t able to execute on the green, and if you don’t do that you won’t have anything to show for it on the scoring side.
“The golf course was firm and fast, the hole locations were fair, but very difficult. The scores were pretty high in the morning round, some of the teams figured it out in the afternoon round, but we just didn’t.”
NIU will return to action next Monday and Tuesday, March 10-11, when it competes in the General Hackler Championship, hosted by Coastal Carolina at the TPC of Myrtle Beach in Murrells Inlet, S.C.
1. GRU Augusta, 303-291 -- 594
2. USC Upstate, 298-303 -- 601
3. Gardner-Webb, 314-294 -- 608
4. Stetson, 313-296 -- 609
5. NIU, 317-311 -- 628
6. Youngstown State, 319-313 -- 632
7. North Carolina Central, 335-328 -- 663
Huskie Individual Standings
T10. Caulen Coe, 75-76 -- 151
T28. Jake Curwin, 80-79 -- 159
30. Pierrick Fillon, 82-78 -- 160
T31. Liam White, 80-81 – 161
T37. Raphael Denais, 88-78 -- 166
T37. Shawn Foley, 86-80 -- 166