April 7, 2006
First Round Results in PDF Format
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Huntington, WV-- College golf is a unique blend of teamwork and individual success. In a game where personal fortitude is at a premium, collegiate golf requires that one person's play be combined with the collective of the team in order to win the title. When five teammates lace up their spikes in the wee morning hours and head to the range, they don't know which four scores they will be counting, but the college golfer understands the need to play his best for his team. Some days it all come together beautifully, other days teammates reunite at the clubhouse hoping that they were saved by brethren.
Friday, April 5, 2006, was one of the later days for the Northern Illinois University men's golf team. The Huskies couldn't seem to find the right stroke in the morning round. Jared Steger's (Winnetka / New Trier) opening 74 was the lone bright spot for NIU during a morning round 307. The only good news about a bad morning is that it leaves a great opportunity to improve during the afternoon 18.
NIU took advantage of that opportunity, firing 10 shots better between the two 18-hole affairs. NIU rebounded with all five scores registering 76 or better including Nick Schenk's (Bloomington) one over par 72. Steger was able to back up his fine morning play with a 76. Dan Gratton (Roscoe / Rockton Hononegah) matched Steger's 76, while Zach Jecklin (Bloomington) improved three shots from his morning 78 to shoot a 75 in the afternoon. Rounding out the scoring for Northern Illinois was Ethan Roush (Decatur / Mt. Zion), who fired the second low Huskie round of the day, a 74, after an opening round 77.
"Everybody struggled in the morning round," said NIU head coach John Cleary
. "We got off to a bad start and didn't finish the morning round well. We took some big numbers. Jared was the lone bright spot. He played solid. We were able to turn it around in the afternoon where everybody improved. We just have to keep improving and keep getting better."
Northern Illinois' 604 stroke total is good for 14th place, 25 shots behind tournament leader Eastern Michigan University. EMU's Chris Ross leads the field by two strokes after shooting 71-70-141. Northern Illinois returns to the links Saturday, April 6, 2006, for the final round of the Marshall Invitational.
(For further information, please contact Daniel Solow) -NIU-
T35 Nick Schenk 78 72 150, T35 Jared Steger 74 76 150, T47 Ethan Roush 77 74 151, T61 Zach Jecklin 78 75 153, T76 Dan Gratton 80 76 156
1Eastern Michigan U. 294 285 579, 2Akron, U. of 287 296 583, 3Marshall University 296 289 585, 4Richmond, Univ. of 294 294 588, 5Marquette University 293 297 590, T6Ball State Univ. 298 294 592, T6Wm. & Mary, Coll. of 298 294 592, T6Rhode Island, U. of 294 298 592, T9Ohio University 297 297 594, T9Iowa, U. of 298 296 594, T9Miami (Ohio) 299 295 594, 12Eastern Kentucky U. 298 303 601, 13Bowling Green State 311 291 602, 14Northern Illinois U. 307 297 604, 15Wright State Univ. 304 304 608