April 6, 2014
DEKALB, Ill. – Following two weeks without competition, the Northern Illinois University men’s golf team returns to action in the Pacific Northwest as it competes in the Redhawk Invitational, hosted by Seattle University, Monday and Tuesday, April 7-8, at Chambers Bay Golf Club, site of the 2015 US Open, in University Place, Wash.
The 18-team field at the Redhawk Invitational is made up primarily of west coast schools, headlined by UCLA and Washington, who both currently rank in the top-20 nationally. Also joining NIU and host Seattle U., at Chambers Bay will be: Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, Cal State Northridge, Denver, Long Beach State, Nevada, North Carolina State, Northern Colorado, Oregon State, Pepperdine, San Diego, Seton Hall and St. John’s.
Designed by Robert Trent Jones and opened in 2007, the Scottish links-style Chambers Bay hosted the 2010 US Amateur in addition to next summer’s US Open. At it’s longest, Chambers Bay plays as a 7,600-yard, par-72, but the course will play in a par-70, 7,047-yard layout in Monday’s first two rounds of the Redhawk Invitational, in Tuesday’s final round the course will play at 7,348 yards and a par-71.
Last time out, the Huskies took 12th-place at the Talis Park Challenge in Naples, Fla. NIU was led at that event by junior Liam White (Waukegan, Ill./Carmel Catholic/Indian Hills CC) who finished in a tie for 25th, his best finish as a Huskie. Freshman Caulen Coe (Gulf Stream, Fla./University of Nebraska Independent School) claimed a tie for 30th at Talis Park, his best collegiate finish. White and Coe will be joined at Chambers Bay by freshman Jake Curwin (Faribault, Minn./Shattuck St. Mary’s), freshman Raphael Denais (Saint-Aventin, France/Lycee Ste Ursule) and senior Shawn Foley (Pewaukee, Wis./Waukesha North), who returns to the lineup for the Huskies for the first time since the Forest Hills Collegiate on March 1.
“We are very honored and excited to be playing in the Redhawk Invitational,” said NIU head coach Tom Porten. “Having the opportunity to compete at Chambers Bay is a wonderful opportunity that our players are really looking forward to. It is a tremendous golf course and a very unique, links-style setup that is unlike anything we have played before.
“We are looking forward to the challenge ahead of us at Chambers Bay and to playing a second US Open course after competing at Erin Hills (site of the 2017 US Open) in the fall.”
The 54-hole event begins with two rounds and a shotgun start on Monday beginning at 10:30 a.m. CT, 8:30 a.m. local time. Tuesday’s final round will start at 10 a.m. CT, 8 a.m. local. Live scoring is available via GolfStat.com.