Illinois Men's Golfers Keeping Busy With Summer Amateur Tournaments
DeKalb, IL - Aren't the summers great? Hanging out by the swimming
pool, going on vacation and perhaps taking in a game. Don't tell
that to Division I student-athletes, especially a trio of Northern
Illinois University men's golfers, who have made quite a name for
themselves playing outstanding golf in the state this summer.
Zach Jecklin (Bloomington, IL/Bloomington), Ethan Roush (Decatur,
IL/Mt. Zion) and Nick Schenk (Batavia, IL/Batavia) have all been
busy on the state amateur circuit the past few months, with both
Jecklin and Schenk qualifying for the Illinois Open (Aug. 2-4) and
Jecklin and Roush qualifying for the Illinois State Amateur (Aug.
The first of the two events will be the Illinois Open, which will
be held August 2-4 at the Glen Club in Glenview, IL, while the Illinois
State Amateur will be held August 9-12 at the Stone Creek Golf Club
in Urbana, IL. Results for the Illinois Open can be found after
each round at www.ipga.com, while results for the Illinois State
Amateur can be accessed at www.cdga.org.
An incoming freshman for Northern Illinois next season, Jecklin
has been the busiest of the Huskies, qualifying for two of the state's
most prestigious amateur events before even stepping foot on campus.
An all-state selection this season as a senior, Jecklin led Bloomington
High School to a third-place finish at the 2003 IHSA State Championships
en route to a 12th-place individual finish at the state summit.
The 2003 regional and sectional champion, Jecklin burst onto the
scene during the summer prior to his senior season, when he finished
10th at the IJGA State Junior Amateur. A 2002 qualifier for the
United States Golf Association's Junior Amateur, Jecklin was a 2002
quarterfinalist at the Chick Evans Junior Amateur and competed at
the American Junior Golf Association's 2003 Midwestern Junior Player's
Championship, where he finished tied for 18th.
More familiar names to the Huskie nation are the juniors Roush and
Schenk. Mainstays in NIU's recent resurgence in the Mid-American
Conference, both Roush and Schenk played in all 11 events last season
and helped NIU to a seventh-place finish at the 2004 MAC Championships
(May 6-8). The team leader in stroke average (74.1), Schenk recorded
five top-10 finishes as a sophomore including a career best third-place
showing at the Southwest Missouri State Intercollegiate (Oct. 20-21)
Roush also enjoyed consistent success, finishing in the top 10 on
four occasions including a second-place finish at the Earl Yestingsmeier
Intercollegiate (Oct. 4-5) in which he led the Huskies to the tournament
"It's been a great summer for a number of our golfers and I
couldn't be more pleased with the way Ethan, Nick and Zach have
played this summer," head coach John Cleary said. "Our
players have all made a point to work on their game this summer
and the results are showing."