Huskies Conclude Season at MAC Championships

GO HUSKIES Kim Hunley carded a birdie on her final hole as a Huskie.
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Kim Hunley carded a birdie on her final hole as a Huskie.
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April 25, 2010

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FISHERS, Ind. - The Northern Illinois women's golf team completed play at the Mid-American Conference Championships, Sunday, led by a top-25 finish by Kim Hunley in her last tournament as a Huskie.

Hunley placed 22nd, moving up three spots from where she was at the start of the day. She shot a 78, including a birdie on her final hole as a Huskie.

"Certainly that birdie putt is a golden etching in her career at Northern," NIU head coach Pam Tyska said. "Kim (Hunley) is a wonderful ambassador for our program and our university, and an outstanding golfer. She's found her name in the record books of NIU golf, and made her way into our history."

Hunley's name dots the NIU women's golf record book, most notably with the lowest career scoring average in Huskie history, a 79.8. She took over 7,000 strokes in 93 rounds in four years at Northern Illinois.

As a team, NIU shot a 333 on the final day of the championships and 989 for the tournament. The Huskies placed ninth, finishing six strokes off of Bowling Green for eighth place. Kent State won the MAC title with a three-round score of 892.

"We certainly didn't find a four-leaf clover in Fishers, Indiana this year," Tyska said. "From the fall preview to the MAC Championship, we were haunted by injury, illness and inconsistent play. It was certainly not the game plan we had laid out before us."

Behind Hunley, junior Jessica Parmenter placed 36th with a 251, including an 88 in Sunday's play. Junior Kim Bailey was one slot behind in a tie for 37th place with a 252. Freshman Allie Parthie completed her first MAC Championship tournament with a 259 to place 44th. Sophomore Kelsie Passolt placed 45th with a three-round total of 265.

"Four of our five players here at the MAC Championships will be back next year," Tyska said. "This gives us something to build on for the future."

The tournament concludes Northern Illinois' season. A first-place finish at the 25th Annual Huskie Classic highlighted the season, as did a fourth-place performance at the NIU Snowbird Invitational.