April 20, 2014
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- The Northern Illinois University men’s golf team closed its regular season tied for 12th place with Miami (Ohio) in the Boilermaker Invitational on Sunday at the Kampen Course. Freshman Jake Curwin (Faribault, Minn./Shattuck St. Mary’s) led the Huskies with a 54-hole total of 220, tied for 16th, his best finish as a Huskie.
“We just couldn’t get the team going today,” said NIU head coach Tom Porten. “Jake (Curwin) got off to a fast start and Liam (White), after his early double (bogey), came right back and really played strong in the middle. But as a team we never got four guys going. We hung around for a while; we just didn’t finish the round.
“We couldn’t advance and catch some of the teams in front of us but I was really glad to see both Jake and Liam play a complete tournament. Liam had a chance today to get inside the top-10 until his last three holes and Jake had a real good bounce-back after a couple of tough tournament in Seattle and Iowa.”
Iowa posted a final round of 14-under par to claim the team title with a total of 865, one stroke better than Illinois. Iowa’s Steven Ihm collected individual medalist honors with a three-round total of 209, including a final round eight-under 64.
Junior Liam White (Waukegan, Ill./Carmel Catholic/Indian Hills CC) carded the round of the day for NIU, firing a one-over 73 to finish with a tied for 22nd with a 54-hole total of 221. Starting on the 15th hole, White carded a double bogey on No. 17, but played the front nine in three-under 33 and birdied the 10th hole to move to two-under par. White dropped three strokes in his final three holes to finish with a 73.
Curwin opened with two birdies in his first three holes and was even-par through 11 before carding a pair of bogies in his last five holes. Curwin’s round of 74 helped his record his first career top-20 finish.
“We had two players in the top quarter of the field which is a good sign,” said Porten. “For Jake it was his best tournament as a freshman and with conference championships coming up in 10 days that is a really good sign. Liam has been close a few times and it was great to see him keep his confidence up all the way through the tournament.
“There are some real positives for us; we are doing some things better than we have all spring. I think we still have our best tournament ahead of us and we have a chance to fine tune some things. All in all, I feel really good about the direction we are going, improving each tournament, and that bodes well for the MAC Championship.”
NIU will return to action on Friday, May 2, when it travels to Carmel, Ind., for the Mid-American Conference Championship at Prairie View Golf Club. The three-day championship will continue through Sunday, May 4.
1. Iowa, +1, 300-291-274 -- 865
2. Illinois, +2, 291-290-285 -- 866
3. UCLA, +7, 297-291-283 -- 871
4. Louisville, +11, 295-291-289 -- 875
5. Ohio State, +15, 304-291-284 -- 879
6. Northwestern, +19, 296-296-291 -- 883
7. Purdue, +24, 298-299-291 -- 888
8. Kent State, +25, 298-300-291 -- 889
T9. Michigan State, +31, 301-295-299 -- 895
T9. Indiana, +31, 301-295-299 -- 895
11. Wichita State, +33, 299-294-304 -- 897
T12. Miami (Ohio), +40, 305-296-303 -- 904
T12. NIU, +40, 305-296-303 -- 904
14. Toledo, +45, 304-306-299 -- 909
15. Drake, +54, 314-297-307 -- 918
Huskie Individual Standings
T16. Jake Curwin, +4, 76-70-74 -- 220
T22. Liam White, +5, 72-76-73 -- 221
T68. Raphael Denais, +16, 80-72-80 -- 232
T68. Pierrick Fillon, +16, 78-78-76 -- 232
T79. Caulen Coe, +26, 79-83-80 -- 242