Huskies Post Best Round to Conclude Wolf Run Intercollegiate

GO HUSKIES Junior Nick Huggins
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Junior Nick Huggins
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Sept. 22, 2013

ZIONSVILLE, Ind. – The Northern Illinois men’s golf team posted its best team round of the season in Sunday’s final round at the Wolf Run Intercollegiate. The Huskies closed the tournament with a third round score of 316, finishing in 14th place.

Freshman Pierrick Fillon (Voreppe, France/Lycee Pierre Beghin) had the best round of the day for NIU, posting a final round 75 to finish in a team-best 54th place. Fillon bettered his own score in each round of the tournament.

Illinois maintained its lead from day one, taking the Wolf Run Intercollegiate team title with a combined score of 844, eight-under par. Thomas Detry of the Fighting Illinois claimed the individual medalist honors with a four-under score of 209

“Overall, we took a baby step forward,” said NIU head coach Tom Porten. “We have a lot of work to do inside 100 yards but we are moving forward. You have to let this young team get experience and we are going to be better and better each time we play.

“It is a really good golf course and our young players got some valuable experience playing our place (Rich Harvest Farms) and Wolf Run, two world-class venues to compete on. Unfortunately, it exposed some of what we don’t quite do well enough yet.”

Fillon’s 75 gave his a 54-hole total of 236, junior Liam White (Waukegan, Ill./Carmel Catholic/Indian Hills CC) had his best round of the tournament with a 77, tying for 67th with a three-round total of 244. White was tied with fellow Huskie, junior Nick Huggins (Marietta, Ohio/Marietta) who carded a final round 78.

“Pierrick (Fillon) is getting much more comfortable with the style of golf course over here,” said Porten. “He is beginning to execute much more effectively with all phases of his game. Liam (White) was a little unlucky, he had a double and a late triple, outside of that he was much more in command of his long game. He hit the ball inside 15 feet the last four holes, but didn’t make any putts, the one green he missed he chipped in for birdie, so it was encouraging to see him start to play better and start to gain some confidence.”

NIU will return to action next week as the Huskies travel to Madison, Wis., to compete in the Badger Invitational. The three-day tournament will begin next Sunday, Sept. 29.

Team Standings
1. Illinois, -8, 282-281-281 -- 844
2. Auburn, +25, 297-294-286 -- 877
3. Kentucky, +30, 299-299-286 -- 882
4. Minnesota, +42, 301-298-295 -- 894
5. Indiana, +44, 303-298-295 -- 896
6. Miami (Ohio), +50, 301-303-298 -- 902
7. Toledo, +53, 313-301-291 -- 905
8. Wisconsin, +54, 301-302-303 -- 906
9. Ohio, +60, 307-291-314 -- 912
10. IUPUI, +64, 317-309-290 -- 916
11. Illinois State, +79, 324-307-300 -- 931
12. Oakland, +80, 312-307-313 -- 932
13. IPFW, +102, 327-318-309 -- 954
14. Northern Illinois, +116, 328-324-316 -- 968

Huskie Individual Standings
T54. Pierrick Fillon, +23, 82-79-75 -- 236
T67. Liam White, +31, 82-85-77 -- 244
T67. Nick Huggins, +31, 83-83-78 -- 244
75. Jake Curwin, +39, 89-77-86 -- 252
76. Shawn Foley*, +42, 83-89-83 -- 255
77. Braden Klaisle, +46, 81-89-89 -- 259

* denotes playing as an individual