Sept. 10, 2011
Full Round One Results
Round Two Results Through Saturday
SUGAR GROVE, Ill. -- The Northern Illinois men’s golf team kicked off its 2011-12 season to the tune of second place when play was suspended midway through the event’s second round due to darkness.
“It was a long day, a very challenging with the fog delay,” NIU head coach Tom Porten said. “I’m real proud of the team. Top to bottom, our top five and even our individuals, everyone played hard all day. We’re basically halfway through the tournament, so we’re just getting started.”
As the sun set on the Huskies’ first day of competitive play at Rich Harvest Farms since 2006, the team had plenty to build on heading into Sunday. Returning golfers Bryce Emory, Kurtis Luedtke and Paul Hammerschmidt combined to post two-under-par through a round-and-a-half while defending their home turf. The surge from the veterans propelled NIU into sole possession of second-place after posting nine-over 293 in the first round. The Huskies lie eight strokes behind leader Central Florida entering Sunday’s remaining holes.
Junior Bryce Emory filled in admirably in the number-one position in Coach Tom Porten’s lineup. Emory fired a one-over 72 in the first round, posting three birdies against four bogeys. The Marmion Academy product proceeded to bolt out of the gate with three birdies in his first four holes. He will resume play three strokes behind the lead in third place.
Juniors Kurtis Luedtke and Paul Hammerschmidt also played major roles in the Huskies’ assault on the leaderboard. Luedtke opened with a one-under 70 to set the pace early for NIU, and then kept his momentum rolling at one-over through his second-round back nine. Hammerschmidt caught fire with four straight birdies during his second round to practically erase the five strokes he gave back to Jerry Rich’s masterpiece in the morning. Both players are threats to capture their first top-10 finishes this weekend.
Saturday also marked the collegiate debuts for NIU’s quartet of freshmen. Nick Schiavi made a splash with his first-round 72, the best round for any new Huskie. Nick Huggins and Thomas Dunne were initiated into the collegiate golf scene with a 75 and 76, respectively. Josh Edison rounded out the pack by bouncing back from an 83 to shoot one-over through 15 second-round holes.
“Real pleased with the discipline we showed on a very difficult golf course,” said Porten. “Our home course is not easy to play weather you play it every day or you come from out of town. We’re glad to be in the hunt, and showing that we’re a competitive program– we belong here.”
Competitors will resume play at 7 a.m. Sunday morning, finishing their second round and then play a final 18 to complete the 2011 Northern Intercollegiate. Fans can track the tournament’s progress at golfstat.com.
Huskie Team Scoring (Through First Round)
T6. Northern Illinois, +9 (293)
Huskie Individual Standings (Through First Round)
T5. Kurtis Luedtke, -1 (70)
T16. Nick Schiavi*, +1 (72)
T16. Bryce Emory, +1 (72)
T39. Griffin Bauman*, +4 (75)
T39. Nick Huggins, +4 (75)
T46. Shawn Foley*, +5 (76)
T46. Paul Hammerschmidt, +5 (76)
T46. Thomas Dunne, +5 (76)
T62. Greg Pohlmann*, +7 (78)
T62. Danny Cameron*, +7 (78)
T74. Matt Gorman*, +8 (79)
T89. Josh Edison*, +12 (83)
*Denotes competing as individual.