Sept. 20, 2013
DEKALB, Ill. – The Northern Illinois men’s golf team will trek to Zionsville, Ind., to compete in Indiana’s Wolf Run Intercollegiate. The 54-hole event will begin with 36 holes on Saturday (Sept. 21) followed by a final 18 on Sunday (Sept. 22).
The dozen programs joining the Huskies and Hoosiers at Wolf Run Golf Club include Auburn, Illinois, Illinois State, IPFW, IUPUI, Kentucky, Miami (OH), Minnesota, Oakland, Ohio, Toledo, and Wisconsin.
“It’s another excellent golf course,” said NIU head coach Tom Porten. “We love the venue; it is very similar to Rich Harvest in that it is all about placement and accuracy off the tee. It has a similar look to Rich Harvest but maybe the greens aren’t quite as demanding. It is another great field, lots of Big Ten schools as well as a few from the SEC and other Midwestern schools.”
The Huskies return to this event after posting an 11th-place finish last fall. Former Huskie Nick Schiavi led the way with a five-over 218, earning him a tie for 15th. NIU will have two players in their lineup this week that previously competed on the 7,195-yard setup, junior Nick Huggins (Marietta, Ohio/Marietta) and senior Shawn Foley (Pewaukee, Wis./Waukesha North).
Huggins left the Hoosier State in 2012 with a tie for 52nd as the Ohio native posted a low of 73 in the second round, tied for the third-best round by the Huskies in the event last season. In this year’s opener, the Northern Intercollegiate, Huggins was the best-performing Huskie by 14 shots at Rich Harvest Farms.
Foley finished seven strokes behind Huggins at Wolf Run Golf Club last year. The team’s most experienced player carded back-to-back 77s to bounce back from an opening 82 last year at Wolf Run.
Rounding out Coach Porten’s lineup at the par 71 track will be freshmen Jake Curwin (Faribault, Minn./Shattuck St. Mary’s), Pierrick Fillon (Voreppe, France/Lycee Pierre Beghin), Braden Klaisle (Naperville, Ill./Naperville North), and Liam White (Waukegan, Ill./Indian Hills CC). These four will compete with Huggins for the team score, while Foley will play as an individual.
“We have had a full two weeks of practice and get rid of the bad taste in our mouths from under-performing in our opener at home,” said Porten. “It has been a productive couple of weeks and we are going to take a pretty young lineup into action with three freshmen and two juniors.”
Paired with Illinois State and Wisconsin in the opening day of 36 holes, NIU will tee off as part of a shotgun start Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. No live scoring is available for this event.