Huskies Gain Ground in Second Round of MAC Championships

GO HUSKIES Jenny Niemiec's par 72 Saturday is the lowest score for a Huskie at the MAC Tournament in school history.
GO HUSKIES
Jenny Niemiec's par 72 Saturday is the lowest score for a Huskie at the MAC Tournament in school history.
GO HUSKIES

April 26, 2014

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FISHERS, Ind. - The Northern Illinois University women's golf team trimmed 14 strokes off its first round score to move up to third place after the second round of play at the 2014 Mid-American Conference Women's Golf Championships at The Hawthorns Golf & Country Club Saturday.

NIU posted its lowest score in a MAC Championship as the Huskies carded a 300, topping the 302 set in the 2006 tournament. Today's round also marked the first time since Sept. 21, 1991 that all five Huskies posted scores in the 70s in the same round.

"Through nine holes, as a team, we were close to two under par," said NIU head coach Kim Kester. "It was fun out there today just to see everyone get their momentum going at the same time. It was a good day for sure."

The Huskies lead Eastern Michigan (616) by two strokes and trail Toledo (607) by seven. Kent State leads the field with a 595, while Karyn Lee Ping of Eastern Michigan leads all individuals with a 145.

Freshman Lena Gautier (La Celle Saint Cloud, France/Creteil) is five strokes behind the leader after cutting two strokes off her first round score to move up a spot to eighth. Gautier was two over on the day, shooting a 74 and has a tow-day total of 150. She parred nine holes and birdied four in her second look at the course.

Senior Jenny Niemiec (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East) made the biggest jump on the team, climbing 12 spots to 11th after shooting even par Saturday Her second round 72 is the lowest score for a Huskie in a MAC Championship. Lisa Bailey's 73 in 2006 previously held the record.

"Jenny was hitting the ball great and making a ton of putts," Kester said. "Once you start making a few [putts], the just continue to keep dropping. Prior to the tournament she said she wanted to go out with a bang and that's what she's doing."

Freshman Sydney Brickey (Burtchville, Mich./Shattuck-St. Mary's) cut three strokes off her first round score, shooting a 76. Her two-day total of 155 is good enough for 16th. Sophomore Samantha Coyne (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett) shot second round 79 and is in 22nd with a 158.

Sophomore Connie Ellett (Hampshire, Ill./Hampshire) moved up two spots after cutting three strokes off her first round 81. Ellett carded a second round 78 for a two-day total of 159 to sit at 24th.

"The key for tomorrow is for them to play the game they know how to play," she said. "They've done that extremely well the past couple days. They're managing the course extremely well.

NIU's tee time for the final round of play is set for 8:40 a.m. CT Sunday. The Huskies will be playing with Toledo and Kent State. Fans can follow all the action live with three-hole scoring on BirdieFire.com.

Team Scores: 1. Kent State (595); 2. Toledo (607); 3. NIU (614); 4. Eastern Michigan (616); 5. Akron (624); 6. Ohio (627); 7. Ball State (634); T-8. Bowling Green (636), Western Michigan (636).

Individual Scores: 1. Karyn Lee Ping (EMU) 145; 2. Jenna Hague (BSU) 146; 3. Hailey Hrynewich (OU) 147; 4. Jennifer Ha (KSU) 148; T-5. Stephanie St.-Jean (TOL) 149, Wad Phaewchimplee (KSU) 149, Natalie Goodson (KSU) 149; T-8. Jennifer Elsholz (TOL) 150, Lena Gautier (NIU) 150; 10. Kaitlyn Watkins (WMU) 151.

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