April 27, 2014
FISHERS, Ind. - The Northern Illinois University women's golf team posted its best finish in the conference championship when it took fourth at the 2014 Mid-American Conference Women's Golf Championships at The Hawthorns Golf & Country Club Sunday.
"It's kind of a bittersweet day, finishing fourth," said NIU head coach Kim Kester. "Overall it was a good tournament for us. We threw some shots away out there today.
"It was a great year. The girls worked extremely hard and you could see that in this weekend. It's always good to end the year playing well at the MAC Tournament. My hat's off to the kids for playing well and sticking through it the last three days."
NIU, which came into the final round in third place, dropped a spot after shooting a final round 331. However, the Huskies' 945 is the lowest score for the Huskies at a MAC Championships, topping the previous best, 983, set last season. Kent State won the event with an 895 and the Golden Flashes Jennifer Ha won the individual title with a 222.
Freshman Lena Gautier (La Celle Saint Cloud, France/Creteil), the only Huskie to card scores in the 70s in all three rounds, took sixth after shooting a final round 79. She tied for the highest finish by a Huskie in this event (Tara Hawkins, 2002) and her 229 tops Kelsie Passolt's 233 set in 2012 as the lowest score for an NIU golfer at the MAC Championships. Guatier is the first Huskie to finish in the top 10 since Passolt took eighth in 2012.
Sophomore Connie Ellett (Hampshire, Ill./Hampshire) finished in 22nd with a 240 (81-78-81), while senior Jenny Niemiec (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East) took 26th with a 241 (80-72-89).
Freshman Sydney Brickey (Burtchville, Mich./Shattuck-St. Mary's) and sophomore Samantha Coyne (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett) finished in 27th with a 242. Coyne shot a final round 84, while Brickey carded and 87 in her final round.
Team Scores: 1. Kent State (895); 2. Toledo (916); 3. Eastern Michigan (938); 4. NIU (945); T-5. Western Michigan (953), Akron (953); 7. Ohio (955); 8. Bowling Green (959); 9. Ball State (962).
Individual Scores: 4. Jennifer Ha (KSU) 222; 2. Natalie Goodson (KSU) 223; 3. Wad Phaewchimplee (KSU) 224; 4. Karyn Lee Ping (EMU) 226; 5. Jenna Hague (BSU) 227; T-6. Josee Doyon (KSU) 229, Lena Gautier (NIU) 229, Sathika Ruenreong (TOL) 229, Jennifer Elsholz (TOL) 229; 10. Hailey Hrynewich (OU) 230.