Huskies Conclude Action at Mission Inn Spring Spectacular

GO HUSKIES Bryce Emory had the best final round for NIU, carding a 77
GO HUSKIES
Bryce Emory had the best final round for NIU, carding a 77
GO HUSKIES

March 17, 2013

HOWEY IN THE HILLS, Fla. -- The Northern Illinois men’s golf team finished the Mission Inn Spring Spectacular on Sunday afternoon with a 17th place finish on the Las Colinas course at the Mission Inn Resort. Senior Kurtis Luedtke (Aurora, Ill./West) was the highest-finishing Huskie, tying for 47th with a 54-hole total of 229.

Indiana University claimed the team title with a three-round score of 869, two strokes better than Purdue and Virginia Tech. Georgia State’s Jonathan Grey claimed individual medalist honors by five strokes with a 54-hole total of 208.

“Our putters were pretty below average today,” said NIU head coach Tom Porten. “We had a chance in the middle of the round, were hanging around and we just failed to execute, whether it was hitting the ball in the bunker, three-putting, or hitting the ball out of bounds, we did all three of those things and you can’t be competitive when you do that.”

Coming into the day in 15th position, the Huskies finishes just a handful of strokes away from moving up in the final round; NIU’s 17th-place finish was just six strokes behind 12th-place Morehead State and Connecticut.

Luedtke fired a final round 79 to finish at the top of the Huskie leaderboard. Senior Bryce Emory (Aurora, Ill./Marmion Academy) ended the tournament with a 77, matching his best round of the weekend, to finish four strokes back of Luedtke.

Redshirt senior Griffin Bauman (Crystal Lake, Ill./Central) also matched his best round of the weekend on Sunday with a 79, finishing with a 54-hole total of 239. Sophomore Nick Schiavi (Barrington, Ill./Barrington) bettered Bauman by three strokes with a three-round total of 236.

“Hopefully we will have a short memory, get back to DeKalb and get to work,” said Porten. “We hope to have some improving weather at home so that we can get outside before we head back down to Florida again for Florida Atlantic’s tournament.”

The Huskies will being play in Florida Atlantic’s Spring Break Invitational on Friday, March 29, the three-day event in Boca Raton will continue through Sunday, March 31.

Team Standings
1. Indiana, +5, 292-286-291 – 869
T2. Purdue, +7, 288-289-291 – 871
T2. Virginia Tech, +7, 294-293-284 – 871
4. Georgia State, +11, 291-294-290 – 875
5. Old Dominion, +23, 295-297-295 – 887
T6. Appalachian State, +31, 301-293-301 – 895
T6. Florida Atlantic, +31, 299-286-310 – 895
8. Murray State, +43, 302-296-309 – 907
9. Towson, +52, 305-306-305 – 916
10. Hartford, +53, 304-305-308 – 916
11. Marquette, +54, 310-302-306 – 918
T12. Morehead State, +65, 305-307-317 – 929
T12. Connecticut, +65, 307-316-306 – 929
14. Western Illinois, +67, 313-306-312 – 931
15. Stetson, +68, 320-304-308 – 932
16. George Mason, +70, 305-311-318 – 934
17. Northern Illinois, +71, 311-309-315 – 935
18. Rutgers, +94, 313-321-324 – 958

Huskie Individual Standings
T47. Kurtis Luedtke, +13, 76-74-79 – 229
T60. Bryce Emory, +17, 79-77-77 – 233
T73. Nick Schiavi, +20, 77-79-80 – 236
T80. Connor Nelson, +22, 78-79-81 – 238*
T85. Griffin Bauman, +23, 79-81-79 – 239
T107. Shawn Foley, +30, 82-79-85 – 246

* playing as an individual