Sept. 29, 2009
BROKEN ARROW, Okla. - The Northern Illinois men's golf team entered the final 18 holes of play at the ORU Shootout, hosted by Oral Roberts, in 10th-place, just a stroke behind Louisiana-Monroe and two behind Centenary. As promised by first-year head coach Tom Porten, the Huskies delivered by moving ahead of ULM and tying Centenary with a final round 314, improving upon their second round score by four strokes at The Golf Club of Oklahoma on Tuesday afternoon.
"It's nice anytime when you're moving forward," Porten said of his Huskies who posted an overall total of 952 (320-318-314), improving in each round at the par-72, 7,183-yard course. "While it's a little slower than I would like, we are making steady progress. We got better with each round and today we had a chance to play a really strong round but fell off a bit at the end. We are playing really hard and competing. We just have to get a bit sharper around the greens. We are going to take this little bit of momentum and use it for our trip to Northwestern this weekend."
The Huskies also finished with two players in the top-20 individually. Junior Jeff Dick (Sherman, Texas/Sherman) shot a final round 75 to improve three spots from the beginning of the day for a seventh-place tie with an overall total of 227 (79-73-75, +11). Freshman Kurtis Luedtke (Aurora, Ill./West) moved up four places with a 76 for a 16th-place tie with a total of 231 (74-81-76, +15).
"We are starting to build as a team and it's nice to see," said Porten. "We had two players finish in the top-20. Jeff took a big step forward and played a complete tournament. I am really proud to see that. He even had a chance to move up more, but had a bad break on a shot that led to a double bogey.
"Kurtis battled hard today, playing through a head cold. He continues to get better, which is great to see out of a freshman."
Additionally, two of the three remaining NIU players improved their positioning in the final round as well. Senior Matt Triplett (St. Charles, Ill./East) fell two spots into a tie for 48th after an 81 for a total of 247 (80-86-81, +31), but freshmen Griffin Bauman (Crystal Lake, Ill./Central) and Matt Gorman (Waunakee, Wis./Waunakee) both moved up one position each. Bauman shot a final round 82 to finish 50th with a total of 250 (87-81-82, +34) and Gorman posted an 82 as well to finish 53rd with a total of 254 (89-83-82, +38).
Texas State entered the day in first and stayed there with a 297 for a final score of 902 (311-294-297) and Missouri State's Jay McBride walked away with the individual title by scoring a 215 (75-73-67, -1).
Next up for the Huskies is Northwestern's Windon Memorial Classic in Glencoe, Ill. on Sunday and Monday.
*Please note that in the PDF of the results Greg Bauman should actually be listed as Griffin Bauman as the stat program that is used in the tournament cannot have any edits once the tournament has started.