May 4, 2013
NASHPORT, Ohio -- Senior Kurtis Luedtke (Aurora, Ill./West) carded a team-best 74 as the Northern Illinois men’s golf team wrapped up Saturday’s third round of play at the Mid-American Conference Championship at Longaberger Golf Club. The Huskies posted a team score of 307, their best mark through the opening three rounds.
“Improvement is the word for us today,” said NIU head coach Tom Porten. “We played a really good last 12 holes, so we are having some small successes. Paul Hammerschmidt had such a tough start yesterday, he was really struggling but today he bounced back, he made four birdies and played his last 12 in even par, so that was progress.
“Griffin (Bauman) and Bryce (Emory) both bounced back after tough starts today. Bryce was eight-over after five holes but recovered to made five birdies and help us today. Kurtis (Luedtke) was outstanding today. He drove it really well; he was confident with his putter and did a nice job leading us.”
Redshirt senior Griffin Bauman (Crystal Lake, Ill./Central) continues to lead the Huskies after carding a third round 77. Bauman is currently tied for 12th with a 54-hole total of 226 heading into Sunday’s final round.
With his team-best 74 today, Luedtke moved into a tie for 24th overall, he has a three-round total of 233. Senior Bryce Emory (Aurora, Ill./Marmion Academy) and senior Paul Hammerschmidt (Westerville, Ohio/Central) each fired a 78 on Saturday. Emory heads into the last 18 holes of the tournament in a tie for 27th (234) while Hammerschmidt sits in 43rd (254).
Kent State continues to lead the team standings with a three-round total of 878, 18 strokes ahead of second-place Toledo. Taylor Pendrith of Kent State is on pace for individual medalist honors with a 54-hole total of 208 (-8), eight strokes ahead of the field.
“I feel good going into tomorrow that we are going to continue to improve,” said Porten. “It will be a mixed bag of emotions with our seniors playing their last round as Huskies. It is going to be fun to hopefully see then finish on a high note, but also sad to see them moving on. I’m sure that we will come out with a lot of energy and ready to go.”
NIU will open the final round of play at the MAC Championships beginning at 6:50 a.m. (CT) on Sunday morning.
1. Kent State, +14, 291-300-287 -- 878
2. Toledo, +32, 296-305-295 -- 896
3. Ball State, +35, 296-305-298 -- 899
4. Akron, +38, 307-300-295 -- 902
T5. Eastern Michigan, +55, 303-306-310 -- 919
T5. Bowling Green, +55, 310-299-310 -- 919
7. Miami, +59, 311-305-307 -- 923
8. Ohio, +77, 321-305-315 -- 941
9. Northern Illinois, +78, 321-314-307 -- 942
Huskie Individual Standings
T12. Griffin Bauman, +10, 77-72-77 -- 226
T24. Kurtis Luedtke, +17, 78-81-74 --233
T27. Bryce Emory, +18, 79-77-78 -- 234
43. Paul Hammerschmidt, +38, 92-84-78 -- 254
44. Shawn Foley, +48, 87-90-87 -- 264