March 26, 2012
Saluki Invitational Final
CARBONDALE, Ill. - The Northern Illinois University women's golf team struggled in its final round, but still finished in the top 10, placing seventh at the 18th Annual Saluki Invitational at Hickory Ridge Golf Course Monday.
The Huskies shot a second round 325 to finish the tournament with a 642. The host Salukis of Southern Illinois won the event with a 608. SIU's Cassie Rushing took the individual championship with a 146.
"We slipped a little bit as a team, but still finished in the top half," NIU head coach Pam Tyska said. "Some of the ups and downs that we were able to convert yesterday on the tougher holes didn't happen today. Instead of up and down for par, they turned into bogeys and doubles. Then, we weren't able to get the birdies we did get yesterday."
Junior Allie Parthie (Marinette, Wis./Marinette) recorded her sixth top-10 finish of the season shooting a 154 (76-78) to finish in fifth place. Jenny Niemiec (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East) and Taylor Ellett (Hampshire, Ill./Hampshire) tied for 31st after both carded a 161. The two shot a final round 82.
Kelsie Passolt (Hayward, Wis./Hayward) moved up two spots to 49th after shooting a second round 166. Fellow senior Katie Kuhn (Clarendon Hills, Ill./Hinsdale), who was playing as an individual, posted a final round 84 to finish the tournament with a 169 to take 66th, while Casey LaBarbera (Marinette, Wis./Marinette) rounded out the team scores with a 172 (84-88) to finish in 74th.
Northern Illinois is back in action Monday, April 2 when the Huskies travel to Ponte Verde, Fla. for the Marsh Landing Invitational hosted by Cincinnati. Tee times are set for 8 a.m. Central Time.
Team Scores: 1. Southern Illinois (608); 2. Iowa (618); 3. IUPUI (627); T-4. Eastern Kentucky (634), Loyola (634); 6. Indiana State (641); 7. NIU (642); 8. SIUE (643); 9. Western Illinois (645); T-10. Chicago State (649), Austin Peay State (649); 12. Eastern Illinois (659); 13. Dayton (664); 14. Nebraska-Omaha (666); 15. IPFW (676); 16. Rend Lake (703); 17. John Logan (751).
Individual Scores: 1. Cassie Rushing (SIU) 146; T-2. Chelsea Harris (Iowa) 148, Jordan Essman (IUPUI) 148; 4. Ashley Jeffers (WIU) 153; T-5. Margaret Gilley (SIU) 154, Allie Parthie (NIU) 154, Alisha Matthews (SIU) 154, Shaina Rennegarbe (SIU) 154; 9. Katie Wiedmar (EKU) 155; T-10. Emily Dixon (ISU) 156; Kristi O'Brien (IUPUI) 156, Kristi Cardwell (Iowa) 156, Alex Meyers (Loyola) 156, Lisanne Schmidt (EKU) 156, Ashton Stair (SIUE) 156.