May 3, 2014
CARMEL, Ind. -- Freshman Caulen Coe (Gulf Stream, Fla./University of Nebraska Independent School) of the Northern Illinois University men’s golf team is tied for seventh-place in the Mid-American Conference Championship after carding a 74 in Saturday’s third round at Prairie View Golf Club. As a team, the Huskies will go into Sunday’s final round in ninth after recording a team total of 305 on Saturday.
“We did a pretty good job on the front nine of playing team golf; we just couldn’t quite close the round,” said NIU head coach Tom Porten. “The wind was blowing 30-plus (miles per hour), the closing holes got very hard and we just could not execute on No. 17 again.”
Kent State continues to lead the team standings after posting a 282 on Saturday, the best team round thus far in the tournament. Corey Conners of the Golden Flashes holds the individual lead after a 65 on Saturday; he has a 12-under total of 204.
Coe highlighted the day for the Huskies as he will head into Sunday’s final 18 just five strokes outside the top-three. Coe played the opening nine holes in one under-par with a birdie on the third and eight pars. The Gulf Stream, Fla., native gave a stroke back on the 10th and then collected six-straight pars before a double bogey on No. 17 pushed Coe to a two-over 74 for the round.
“Caulen Coe had another very good day,” said Porten. “It is nice to see him play the way he is capable of, finally putting both halves of his game together. He has always driven it pretty long and fairly straight, now he is taking advantage of his opportunities, hitting 16 greens and 12-of-14 fairways today.”
With his 74, Coe moved up five positions after beginning the day in a tie for 12th. Coe will look to earn NIU’s first top-five finisher at the MAC Championship since Jeff Dick in 2010.
Junior Liam White (Waukegan, Ill./Carmel Catholic/Indian Hills CC) also carded a 74 as he moved up eight places in the individual standings. White used back-to-back birdies on the 12th and 13th to pull back even before dropping back over-par in the final five holes.
NIU will tee off at 6:50 a.m. CT, 7:50 a.m. local, in Sunday’s final round, the Huskies will again be paired with Ohio and Miami.
1. Kent State, -12, 286-284-282 -- 852
2. Akron, +11, 284-291-300 -- 875
3. Toledo, +12, 293-286-297 -- 876
4. Eastern Michigan, +23, 284-300-303 -- 887
5. Ball State, +28, 292-298-302 -- 892
6. Bowling Green, +36, 296-295-309 -- 900
7. Miami, +41, 302-296-307 – 905
8. Ohio, +43, 304-299-304 -- 907
9. NIU, +50, 308-301-305 -- 914
Huskie Team Standings
T7. Caulen Coe, +3, 74-71-74 -- 219
T25. Liam White, +11, 79-74-74 -- 227
T35. Raphael Denais, +15, 75-78-78 -- 231
43. Jake Curwin, +21, 80-78-79 -- 237
45. Pierrick Fillon, +30, 84-80-82 -- 246