April 7, 2010
DeKALB, Ill. - Northern Illinois junior Jeff Dick was honored Wednesday as the Mid-American Conference Golfer of the Week after winning his first collegiate tournament at the two-day 54-hole Branson Creek Invitational.
While at the par 71, 6,942-yard Branson Creek Golf Club in Hollister, Mo., Dick entered Tuesday's final day in first and remained there by scoring a two-over 73 in the final 18 holes to easily win the title by five strokes. With a 210 total score (68 | 69 | 73 | -3), including a season-low first round 68 Monday, he was the only player in the field to finish under par, helping the Sherman, Texas native win his first weekly conference award.
"I'm very excited for Jeff," said NIU first-year head men's golf coach Tom Porten of his first conference award winner. "He certainly earned this honor. I think this is the first of many honors for Jeff. He is really coming into his own as one of the upper-tier golfers in the MAC. He continues to improve each and every time he steps onto the course.
"It was great that his parents were there to see him win his first college tournament. It was nice and it was a special weekend for him and his family. His dad, Greg, is in the NIU Hall of Fame and this was the first time he has gotten to see him compete at NIU. Having that for Jeff was just icing on the cake."
Dick and the Huskies return to action next week with the Missouri Invitational in Columbia, Mo. April 12-13.