May 1, 2010
Day Two Results
Nashport, Ohio - The Northern Illinois men's golf team made the most of moving day on Saturday, shooting their lowest round of the season at the Mid-American Conference Men's Golf Championships, held at Longaberger Golf Club.
The Huskies turned in a team score of 291 (+3), bettering their previous low of 293, established in the first and second rounds of the Missouri State Invitational. The only lower score in the third round was first-place Kent State's 282 (-6). NIU (915, +51) passed Ball State, Bowling Green, and Toledo to move into sixth place, and the Huskies find themselves seven strokes back of fifth-place Ohio heading into Sunday's final round at the par 72, 7,243-yard course.
Jeff Dick (73 (+1) | 80 (+8) | 68 (-4) | 221 (+5)) led the Huskies' assault up the leaderboard, tying his lowest round of the year with a four-under 68. The junior birdied the sixth, 10th, 11th, and 16th holes on his way to tallying the tournament's lowest score of the day.
Matt Triplett (78 (+6) | 74 (+2) | 75 (+3) | 227 (+11)) continued his excellent play with a three-over 75. He maintained his tie for 17th place. Kurtis Luedtke (81 (+9) | 77 (+5) | 76 (+4) | 234 (+18)) improved for the third straight round with his 76 (+4), and will start the final round in a tie for 34th. Griffin Bauman (79 (+7) | 83 (+11) | 73 (+1) | 235 (+19)) knocked 10 strokes off his second round score to put up a 73 (+1) on Saturday. Bauman moved up seven spots to a tie for 36th. Paul Hammerschmidt (81 (+9) | 82 (+10) | 75 (+3) | 238 (+22)) is in a tie for 41st and provided NIU's fourth score with a three-over 75.
"Jeff shot a bogey-free 68 today, which was the highlight," said NIU head coach Tom Porten. "Any time to play like that is good, but to do it at the MAC Championships is great. He found something on the range this morning and turned it into a good round of golf.
"I was very pleased with the team today, moving up from ninth to sixth. We are going to come out tomorrow and move up another spot or two and finish on a high note."
The team concludes the season-ending, 72-hole tournament Sunday morning. Fans can follow NIU's final round with live scoring at www.golfstat.com.