Oct. 21, 2012
DEKALB, Ill. - The Northern Illinois men's golf team will conclude its fall schedule on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 22-23, when it travels to Kennesaw, Ga., to compete in the Pinetree Intercollegiate at Pinetree Country Club.
Joining NIU and host Kennesaw State in the 13-team field are Ball State, Chattanooga, Gardner Webb, Florida Gulf Coast, Jacksonville, Louisiana Tech, Marquette, Middle Tennessee, Samford, South Alabama and Troy.
"It's a great old golf course," said NIU head coach Tom Porten. "The tees and fairways are in good shape and the greens are extremely fast. We were fortunate that we were able to get two practice rounds in. The course has a lot of elevated tee shots and hills, so some holes play longer and a few play shorter (than their yardage)."
Senior Griffin Bauman (Crystal Lake, Ill./Central) will lead the Huskies into the Pinetree Intercollegiate. Bauman has a team-best 75.0 stroke average this fall and a pair of top-15 finishes. Sophomore Nick Huggins (Marietta, Ohio/Marietta) comes into play off of his best performance of the fall, a tie for fifth at the Earl Yestingsmeier Individual Invitational.
Sophomore Nick Schiavi (Barrlington, Ill./Barrington) will be looking for his second top-20 performance of the fall while junior Shawn Foley (Pewaukee, Wis./Waukesha North) looks to build upon his tie for fifth in his last tournament appearance at the John Dallio Memorial.
Senior Bryce Emory (Aurora, Ill./Marmion Academy) will also get the start for the Huskies, he is playing in his second tournament of the fall.
"We have to do two things well," said Porten. "We have to be patient and disciplined, both off the tee and into the greens, and we have to have very good command of our flat sticks, our putters have to be good or we are going to struggle, but I feel very good about our team."
Pinetree Country Club is a 7,108-yard par 72 course originally designed by Chick Adams. The course opened in 1962 and has hosted the Georgia State Amateur Championship on three occasions. Pinetree was renovated in 2008 by architect Bill Bergin.
The Huskies will play Monday's opening two rounds alongside Gardner-Webb and Jacksonville in an 8:45 a.m., shotgun start.