NIU Women's Golf Team Within Striking Distance
March 25, 2012
CARBONDALE, Ill. - The Northern Illinois University women's golf team sits in third place after posting a strong first round at the 18th Annual Saluki Invitational at Hickory Ridge Golf Course Sunday.
The Huskies shot a season-low 317 with junior Allie Parthie (Marinette, Wis./Marinette) leading the way with a four-over-par 76. Parthie is in the top 10 placing sixth after one round of play.
"Allie had three birdies, three doubles and a bogey. It was just rags to riches for her," NIU head coach Pam Tyska said. "Either she was getting in trouble with a bogey, or she's throwing a dart at the pin and making a birdie. She didn't let anything shake her when things weren't going well and did what she needed to to turn it around."
Jenny Niemiec (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East) and Taylor Ellett (Hampshire, Ill./Hampshire) also posted top-20 finishes, each carding a 79 to tie for 16th. Ellett's first round score was a career-low for the freshman. Kelsie Passolt (Hayward, Wis./Hayward) is in 51st after posting an 83 in her first round of play, while Casey LaBarbera (Marinette, Wis./Marinette) rounded out the team scores with an 84 to sit at 58th.
Senior Katie Kuhn (Clarendon Hills, Ill./Hinsdale), who was playing as an individual, shot an 85. She is in 64th.
"Some of the teams we were battling in Florida that were leading us, we're on top of them," Tyska said. "We're playing really well. Tomorrow, if we can just get rid of those blow-you-out-of-the-water holes, we can find ourselves high on the leaderboard."
Southern Illinois leads the field with a 301, while Iowa is second with a 309. NIU and SIU-Edwardsville are tied for third after posting a 317 and Indiana State and IUPUI (318) round out the top five.
Northern Illinois returns to the course Monday for final round play. Tee times are set for 9 a.m.
Team Scores: 1. Southern Illinois (301), 2. Iowa (309); T-3. NIU (317), SIUE (317); T-5. ISU (318), IUPUI (318), Loyola (319); 8. Western Illinois (319); 9. Eastern Kentucky (321); 10. Chicago State (325); 11. Nebraska-Omaha (328); 12. Dayton (329); 13. Austin-Peay State (330); 14. Eastern Illinois (331); 15. IPFW (336); 16. Rend Lake (351); 17. John Logan (367).
Individual Scores: T-1. Margaret Gilley (Iowa) 72, Ashley Jeffers (WIU) 72, Cassie Rushing (SIU) 72; 4. Alisha Matthews (SIU) 74; 5. Kristi O'Brien (IUPUI) 75; T-6. Allie Parthie (NIU) 76, Katie Wiedmar (EKU) 76; T-8. Margaret Gilley (SIU) 77, Andrea Rosado (CSU) 77, Shelby Phillips (Iowa) 77, Jordan Essman (IUPUI) 77, Taylor Rumple (SIUE) 77.
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