Huskies Conclude Play at Redhawk Invitational

GO HUSKIES Caulen Coe finished with a final round 75
GO HUSKIES
Caulen Coe finished with a final round 75
GO HUSKIES

April 8, 2014

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. – The Northern Illinois University men’s golf team posted a team total of 306, its best round of the tournament, to finish is 17th place at the Redhawk Invitational at Chambers Bay Golf Club on Tuesday. Freshman Raphael Denais (Saint-Aventin, France/Lycee Ste Ursule) closed the tournament with a team-best round of 73.

UCLA won the team title at the inaugural Redhawk Invitational with a team total of 835, three strokes better than second-place Washington. San Diego’s Grant Forrest took individual medalist honors with an 11-under total of 200.

“It was a different golf course today,” said NIU head coach Tom Porten. “They changed the par to 71 (from 70). It is a unique thing that they can do at Chambers Bay with some of the holes, similar to Rich Harvest Farms; they have some flexibility with tee boxes and things. That lengthened the golf course by almost 400 yards, so our score looked similar to what it was yesterday but it was better to-par.”

Denais carded a final round 73 with three birdies and 10 pars, his best round as a Huskie, he moved up 11 spots in Tuesday’s final round. Freshman Caulen Coe (Gulf Stream, Fla./University of Nebraska Independent School) also had a strong day, carding a 75, moving up seven places in the final round.

“Raphael and Caulen both played very well and we saw some good ball-striking from them,” said Porten. “Caulen hit 16 greens in regulation, but did not make a birdie; he just could not buy a putt. Raphael was outstanding all day; he did a better job with his short putting and his lag putting, which he struggled with yesterday.”
    
“Overall it was a disappointing, particularly our discipline on the greens. Being able to manage long putts, too often we were either too aggressive or too tentative and would leave ourselves too much work to clean up. We putted a little better today but that is what is holding us back, until we get better on the greens it’s not going to show it our scores.”

NIU will return to action this weekend as it travels to Iowa City, Iowa, to compete in the Hawkeye Invitational. The 54-hole tournament will begin on Saturday, April 12, with 36 holes at Finkbine Golf Course.

Team Standings
1. UCLA, -9, 273-283-279 -- 835
2. Washington, -6, 280-278-280 -- 838
3. Arizona State, +3, 282-279-286 -- 847
4. San Diego, +8, 280-276-296 -- 852
5. Pepperdine, +12, 283-288-285 -- 856
6. Oregon State, +13, 281-282-294 -- 857
7. Denver, +16, 285-283-292 -- 860
8. Nevada, +21, 287-282-296 -- 865
9. Arizona, +32, 285-291-300 -- 876
10. Cal State Northridge, +33, 282-295-300 -- 877
11. North Carolina State, +34, 288-291-299 -- 878
12. St. John’s, +37, 289-293-299 -- 881
13. Boise State, +47, 287-296-308 -- 891
14. Long Beach State, +48, 294-292-306 -- 892
15. Seton Hall, +55, 294-307-298 -- 899
16. Northern Colorado, +56, 300-304-296 -- 900
17. NIU, +82, 308-312-306 -- 926
DNF. Seattle U., DQ, 288-298-DQ -- DQ

Huskie Individual Standings
T76. Raphael Denais, +18, 77-79-73 -- 229
80. Liam White, +20, 77-75-79 -- 231
T81. Caulen Coe, +21, 78-79-75 -- 232
88. Shawn Foley, +25, 76-79-81 -- 236
89. Jake Curwin, +29, 81-80-79 -- 240