Oct. 16, 2007
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Behind a strong third round, Northern Illinois finished in a second-place tie at the Belmont Fall Shootout. Andrew Frame (Manteno, Ill./Manteno) was the top Huskie in the tournament and tied for fifth, just one stroke out of first place.
The Huskies shot a 296 during Tuesday's final round, ending the three-round tournament with a team score of 881 (303-282-296), tying for second with Cleveland State, and ahead of Ball State and Miami (Ohio). Akron finished first with a score of 871.
"We had a real good tournament and were able to finish ahead of a few MAC schools," head coach John Cleary said. "We had a tough start to the third round on the front nine, but we hung in there and played hard the rest of the day and had our best finish of the season. It was nice to be within reach of the lead because you play differently when you are in contention."
Frame, who fired a final round 73 for a total score of 216 (74-69-73), finished one shot behind a quartet of finishers who tied for first at 215.
"Andrew had a good, solid tournament," Cleary said. "He just missed a hole by about a foot on 17 today. He had a lot of pars and was steady throughout the day."
Greg Bauman (Crystal Lake, Ill./Central) totaled a 218 (74-69-75) and finished in a tie for ninth. Alex Wagner (St. Charles, Ill./East), who posted NIU's best third round score with a 72, and Tim Kay (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett) each tied for 26th. Zach Jecklin (Bloomington, Ill./Bloomington) rounded out the Huskies contingent with a total score of 232 to tie for 51st.
Northern Illinois returns to action Nov. 5-6 at the Wolverine Invitational, hosted by the University of Michigan, in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.