Feb. 25, 2014
Islander Classic Final Results
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - The Northern Illinois University women's golf team made its mark on the Huskie record book in the final round of the 2014 Islander Classic at the Corpus Christi Country Club Tuesday.
NIU, which entered the day in seventh, finished in sixth place with a 922 after turning in a final round 299. It is the third-lowest 18-hole team score in school history since the 1991 Michigan State Invitational. The 922 is NIU's second lowest score for a 54-hole tournament, besting the 924 shot at the 1991 Lady Northern Intercollegiate.
"Every round you always say you could have made up shots here and there but 299 is fantastic," said NIU head coach Kim Kester, "We just kept the ball in play. They were throwing darts at the pin. They were giving themselves a birdie shot. More putts were dropping than before."
Freshman Sydney Brickey (Burtchville, Mich./Shattuck-St. Mary's), who was three under par heading into the 17th hole, led the way for the Huskies with a final round 71, a career low and the fourth-lowest single round in NIU history. She moved up from 36th to 19th place with a 54-hole total of 229 (78-80-71).
Sophomore Connie Ellett (Hampshire, Ill./Hampshire) shot a final round 75 to finish the tournament with a 228 (76-77-75), good for 16th place. Her three-round total is the lowest score by a Huskie in a 54-hole event since Shelley Wendals posted a 228 in the 1994 Illinois State Invitational, and is the eighth-lowest score in NIU history for a 54-hole tournament.
Freshman Lena Gautier (La Celle Saint Cloud, France/Creteil) joined Ellett as the only two Huskies to post scores in the 70s in all three rounds. Gautier finished in 27th after carding a 231 (75-78-78).
After posting scores of 81 and 84 Monday, sophomore Samantha Coyne (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett) rallied in the final round with a 75 to finish in 50th, one shot behind teammate Jenny Niemiec (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East). Niemiec finished 44th with a 239 (77-82-80).
Lamar won the team championship with an 892, while Elia Folch of Oklahoma City University took home the individual title after scoring a 219.
"It's definitely a strong start to the season," Kester said. "Today is just a taste of what we can do. We know we can go a little lower than that. They see that and it's a confidence builder."
The Huskies return to the course Mar. 7 when NIU travels to Arizona for the 12th Annual Rio Verde Invitational hosted by Western Michigan. Tee time is set for 10 am CT.
Team Scores: 1. Lamar (892); 2. Houston Baptist (908); 3. Oral Roberts (915); 4. Oklahoma City (917); 5. North Texas (921); 6. Northern Illinois (922); 7. Central Arkansas (923); 8. Stephen F. Austin (924); 9. Sam Houston State (936); 10. Bradley (936); 11. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (943); 12. Texas Pan American (960); 13. McLennan CC (962); 14. South Dakota (963); 15. Drake (990); 16. Texas A&M-Kingsville (1022).
Individual Scores: 1. Elia Folch (OCU) 219; T-2. Wenny Chang (LU) 220, Sarah Brown (CAU) 220, Alisa White (SHSU) 220; T-5. Danielle Lemek (BU) 223, Eji Kwon (NTU) 223, Rachel Mulkey (HBU) 223; 8. Aries Ramirez (MCC) 224; 9. Taylor Stockton (LU) 225; Melissa Bernal (UTPA) 226, Taylor Kilponen (NTU) 226, Bertile Dupont (LU) 226.