May 2, 2014
CARMEL, Ind. -- Freshman Caulen Coe (Gulf Stream, Fla./University of Nebraska Independent School) is tied for 12th overall following Friday’s opening 36 holes of play at the Mid-American Conference Championship at Prairie View Golf Club. Coe carded a two-round total of 145, one over-par, as the Huskies are currently in ninth-place at the midway point of the championship.
Kent State leads the team standings with a six-under total of 570 through Friday’s opening two rounds. Kent State’s Corey Conners and Akron’s Charlie Bull are tied for the individual lead at five-under 139.
“We didn’t get off to a good start; I believe we were +17 after our first nine holes,” said NIU head coach Tom Porten. “The back nine (where NIU started the day) is the tighter and tougher of the two nines and we just did not execute well and I think nerves go them a little bit out of the gate.
“I was happy with how they dug in and played a good second nine. We were playing a really good third nine, but the 17th hole was a real problem for us. It is a water par four and we didn’t handle it very well.”
Coe led the way for NIU in the opening round, carding a two-over 74, including four birdies. Starting on the back nine, Coe was three-over at the turn before playing the front nine in one-under 35. Freshman Raphael Denais (Saint-Aventin, France/Lycee Ste Ursule) also played the front nine of the morning round in a one-under 35, finishing his round with a three-over 75. Denais collected four birdies in his round and was bogey-free over his final seven holes.
Denais is tied for 33rd overall with a two-round total of 153.
In the afternoon 18, Coe carded three birdies and 12 pars en route to an under-par round. After playing the back nine in even-par 36, Coe once again posted a 35 on the front side to finish the round in 71.
“Caulen Coe was outstanding all day long,” said Porten. “He did a great job of scoring and taking advantage of his length. He hit a bunch of good wedges and made putts. He is playing his best golf of the season right now.”
Junior Liam White (Waukegan, Ill./Carmel Catholic/Indian Hills CC) posted the second-best round of the afternoon for the Huskies with a two-over 74. A double bogey on the seventh hole was White’s lone blemish on the front nine as he recorded a pair of birdies and six pars. White is tied with Denais in 33rd overall.
The championship will continue on Saturday, May 3, with the third round beginning at 6:50 a.m. CT, 7:50 a.m. local time. The Huskies will be paired with Ohio and Miami on Saturday.
1. Kent State, -6, 286-284 -- 570
2. Akron, -1, 284-291 -- 575
3. Toledo, +3, 293-286 -- 579
4. Eastern Michigan, +8, 284-300 -- 584
5. Ball State, +14, 292-298 -- 590
6. Bowling Green, +15, 296-295 -- 591
7. Miami, +22, 302-296 -- 598
8. Ohio, +27, 304-299 -- 603
9. NIU, +33, 308-301 -- 609
Huskie Team Standings
T12. Caulen Coe, +1, 74-71 -- 145
T33. Raphael Denais, +9, 75-78 -- 153
T33. Liam White, +9, 79-74 -- 153
T43. Jake Curwin, +14, 80-78 -- 158
45. Pierrick Fillon, +20, 84-80 -- 164