April 2, 2009
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Northern Illinois men's golf team returns to the course on Friday when play gets underway at the 40th Annual Marshall Invitational, and the Huskies will be looking to build on their performance last Sunday in the final round of the FAU Spring Break Championships in Florida, when they recorded one of their best rounds of the year.
Last Sunday in Florida, NIU posted a team score of four-over par 288 behind a final round 66 by sophomore Jeff Dick (Sherman, Texas/Sherman HS). That ranked second only to the second-round 279 tallied by the Huskies last fall at the Earl Yestingsmeier Invitational.
NIU head coach John Cleary said the Huskies were looking forward to building on their final round in Florida on more familiar terrain, but may have to battle the elements in addition to the golf course.
"The golf course is more of a northern golf course," Cleary said. "It's greens we're familiar with, similar to what we play at home, so that's nice and hopefully will help us build on the momentum we had in the last round in Florida.
"[Our mindset on Friday] will depend somewhat on what kind of conditions we play in. They are expecting a lot of wind and rain, so we could be in survival mode, trying to grind out pars and hopefully come through that pretty well."
Dick was the top finisher among Huskie golfers last week in Florida as he tied for 13th with a score of three-over par 216. Tim Kay (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett HS) and Matt Triplett (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East HS) each finished at 11-over 224 with each shooting three-over 74 in the final round. Andrew Frame (Manteno, Ill./Manteno HS) matched Kay and Triplett with a 74 last Sunday.
On the season, freshman Max Hosking (Madison, Wisc./La Follette HS) leads NIU with a 74.2 scoring average in 14 rounds this season. He joins Kay, Frame, Triplett and Dick to make up the Huskie quintet this weekend.
is back in the line-up, which will be a boost for us," Cleary said. "He played great in the fall and we expect him to come in and play well. In addition, Tim and Andrew and Matt have played here before. They're familiar with the golf course, so that will be a bonus."
The 54-hole Marshall Invitational features 14 teams, including the champion of last week's FAU Spring Break Championships, Illinois, as well as Mid-American Conference foes Ball State, Bowling Green, Miami (Ohio) and Ohio. Cincinnati, Davidson, DePaul, Eastern Kentucky, Princeton, Richmond, William & Mary, Wright State, Xavier and host Marshall round out the field.
"With Illinois here and four other MAC schools, this will be a good test to see how we stack up with some of the other teams in the MAC," Cleary said.
The teams will play 36 holes on Friday beginning at 8:30 a.m. with the final round scheduled for Saturday at the par 71, 6,484-yard Guyan Golf and Country Club Course in Huntington.
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