March 9, 2014
DEKALB, Ill. -- The Northern Illinois University men’s golf team will begin its spring break road trip at the General Hackler Championship, hosted by Coastal Carolina University, on Monday and Tuesday, March 10-11, at the TPC Myrtle Beach in Murrells Inlet, S.C.
Joining host Coastal Carolina and NIU in the 12-team field will be four NCAA Regional participants from 2013, Duke, Kent State, North Carolina and UNC Wilmington, along with East Carolina, East Tennessee State, Iowa State, Lamar, Louisville and Middle Tennessee State.
“This is a great tournament,” said NIU head coach Tom Porten. “This is our first trip down here and it is a fantastic golf course. They have had quite a bit of rain, and they had an ice storm a couple of weeks ago, so some tree branches and limbs had to be cut back, but they have done a phenomenal job of getting the course ready for the tournament.
“The layout is outstanding; it challenges you from standing on the tee all the way to when you pull your ball out of the hole. The guys learned a lot today (in the practice round) and we took a lot of time on each hole, looking at the safe zone and where you might be able to take advantage of a hole. The weather forecast is fantastic for both Monday and Tuesday and we are excited and ready to build on what we did at Augusta State.”
NIU opened the spring portion of its schedule last Saturday, March 1, at the one-day, 36-hole Forest Hills Collegiate in Augusta, Ga. Freshmen Caulen Coe (Gulf Stream, Fla./University of Nebraska Independent School) led the Huskies at Forest Hills with a two-round total of 151, tied for 10th-place overall. Freshmen Jake Curwin (Faribault, Minn./Shattuck St. Mary’s) and Pierrick Fillon (Voreppe, France/Lycee Pierre Beghin) also posted top-30 finishes at Forest Hills.
The trio will be joined by junior Liam White (Waukegan, Ill./Carmel Catholic/Indian Hills CC) and freshman Raphael Denais (Saint-Aventin, France/Lycee Ste Ursule) in the NIU lineup, the same group that competed last week in Augusta.
Monday’s first two rounds begin at 9 a.m., with a shotgun start and continuous play, the Huskies will be paired with East Carolina and Middle Tennessee State in the opening two rounds. Tuesday’s final round will also start at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start. Live scoring will be available via GolfStat.com.