March 28, 2010
DELRAY BEACH, Fla. - After losing ground to Big East Marquette and Big Ten Wisconsin following yesterday's second round, the Northern Illinois men's golf team rebounded in Sunday's final round of the Florida Atlantic Invitational to finish ahead of both teams, claiming 14th place at the 54-hole, three-round event at the par 71, 6,750-yard Gleneagles Country Club.
The Huskies (301 (+17) | 302 (+18) | 302 (+18) | 906 (+53)) replicated yesterday's round by posting another stroke total of 302 (+18) in the final day of an event that featured 10 top-100 ranked teams. The event title was claimed by No. 12 Illinois' 842 (-9).
Griffin Bauman (74 (+3) | 77 (+6) | 71 (E) | 222 (+9)) passed teammate Jeff Dick for the top Huskie finish by improving six strokes on his round-two total to finish in a tie for 35th, while Illinois' Chris DeForest (205 (-8)) was the top individual finisher. Dick (73 (+2) | 75 (+4) | 75 (+4) | 223 (+10)) ended up in a tie for 39th by shooting the same as he did yesterday. Matt Triplett (77 (+6) | 77 (+6) | 76 (+5) |230 (+17)) came in a tie for 71st. Kurtis Luedtke (82 (+11) | 74 (+3) | 80 (+9) |236 (+23)) jumped ahead of teammate Greg Pohlmann to place in a tie for 84th. In his Huskie debut, Pohlmann (77 (+6) | 76 (+5) |84 (+13) | 237 (+24)) finished in a tie for 88th.
"It was a difficult day because of the early tee times to let teams fly back earlier and the wind was howling big time," said NIU head men's golf coach Tom Porten. "We knew we were in for a grind-it-out round. We didn't start very well, but unlike yesterday, when we let a good opportunity get away from us, we did the opposite. We dug in, learned from our mistakes yesterday, and played much better on holes 1-5.
"We are getting tougher and tougher as a team. We showed some fight today, and that's a very positive sign. Anytime we beat teams that are ranked ahead of us is a good thing, but we want to be where Illinois is. We are taking steps to getting there. It was a small success today, especially with Griffin's round. I can't say enough about our effort. We are growing as a program."
NIU will next travel to Branson, Mo. for the Missouri State Invitational, April 4-6.