Huskie Men's Golf Finishes In Ninth-Place At Spartan Classic
Sept. 20, 2009
KINGSLEY, Mich. - The Northern Illinois men's golf team wrapped up its weekend at Michigan State's Spartan Classic by posting a 301 in the final 18 holes at The Kingsley Club, which dropped the Huskies two spots from where they entered the day to a ninth-place finish. The Huskies' three-round total score was an 883 (+31) as California won the 14-team tournament with an 836 (-16).
"We played hard, we just didn't execute very well today with the wind," said first-year NIU head coach Tom Porten. "The wind got us a little tentative and we can't do that at a course like this, especially with the tough pin placement today. We never like to give ground to our opponents, but overall I can't complain. We made some progress and it was good to see."
NIU Sophomore Griffin Bauman (Crystal Lake, Ill./Central) led the squad with a 71 in the final round to give him a three round total of 214 (76-67-71, +1), which was good for a tenth-place tie. Junior Jeff Dick (Sherman, Texas/Sherman) came in with a final round of 77 for a 224 (75-72-77, +11) weekend total, finishing in a tie for 36th. Freshman Kurtis Luedtke (Aurora, Ill./West) shot an 80 in his final 18, giving him a 36-hole total of 225 (74-71-80, +12) and a tie for 42nd. Freshman Paul Hammerschmidt (Westerville, Ohio/Westerville) finished Sunday's round with a 76 for a 226-stroke (77-73-76, +12) total, tying for 42nd, and senior Matt Triplett (St. Charles, Ill./East) shot a 77 in his final 18 holes to give him a total of 226 (79-70-77, +13) and a tie for 47th.
"It's great to get our season started at a wonderful golf course," said Porten of his first event as a Huskie. "The people at the Kingsley Club were gracious hosts. We are very young and inexperienced and it showed. But I was pleased with the effort and the players played hard all three rounds."
NIU will return to action next weekend with the Oral Roberts Invitational in Tulsa, Okla.
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