April 14, 2013
DEKALB, Ill. – The Northern Illinois men’s golf team will compete in Northwestern’s Kemper Intercollegiate Monday, April 15 and Tuesday, April 16 at the Glen Club in Glenview, Ill.
This is the inaugural spring event for Northwestern, which also hosts the Windon Memorial Classic that NIU has attended in the past. Besides the Huskies and host Wildcats, the field will include Ohio State, Marquette, St. John’s, DePaul, Loyola (Chicago), Chicago State, Bradley, IUPUI, Illinois State, Western Illinois, Ohio, and Dayton.
“The course is wet, but it’s a great golf course,” said NIU head coach Tom Porten. “I’m excited to see how we play this week. Last summer, Griffin (Bauman) finished 13th here in the Illinois Open, the course is playing a little different than it did last July, but I know he likes the golf course and he had a good practice round today.
“I’m also looking forward to seeing how Bryce (Emory) plays after his win at Texas State. It is a similar golf course in that it plays long, which is good for him, and if he can repeat his performance with his tee ball that he had at Texas State, I think he has a chance to contend.”
The Huskies enter the tournament coming off a tenth-place showing at the Jim West Intercollegiate in McKinney, Texas. Senior Bryce Emory (Aurora, Ill./Marmion Academy) earned his first collegiate victory last week in the Lone Star State, shooting even par for the event at TPC Craig Ranch. The cumulative score of 216 put him in a playoff with TCU’s Sarosh Adi, who fell to Emory’s clinching birdie on the third sudden-death playoff hole.
The victory was NIU’s first since Jeff Dick won the Bearcat Invitational in October 2010. It also earned him his second set of Mid-American Conference Golfer of the Week honors, having also turned the trick in early March for his to- five at the Forest Hills Collegiate. Emory will look to maintain that momentum this week at the Glen Club.
Redshirt senior Griffin Bauman (Crystal Lake, Ill./Central) was NIU’s top finisher outside of Emory last week, posting a tie for 46th. Bauman did manage a two-under-par 70 in the second round which tied for third among the lowest individual rounds shot by Huskies this year.
Rounding out Porten’s lineup card will be freshman Connor Nelson (Roscoe, Ill./Hononegah), sophomore Nick Schiavi (Barrington, Ill./Barrington) and redshirt senior Greg Pohlmann (Decatur, Ill./Lakeview/Iowa Western CC). Nelson was the team’s third-best finisher at TPC Craig Ranch in his second-career start in Porten’s lineup. Schiavi returns to the NIU lineup after missing out on the Jim West Intercollegiate and Pohlmann makes his first start of the spring after playing in three tournaments during the fall.
Northern Illinois will challenge the Glen Club, one of the most-lauded courses in the state. A perennial favorite of golf industry publications, it has consistently ranked among the top-five Best Courses You Can Play in Illinois according to GolfWeek. The Tom Fazio design will reach 7,149 yards and play to par 72 for this event.
Live scoring will be available at GolfStat.com. NIU will tee off their first 36 holes at 8:00 a.m., on Monday.