Hunley Takes Gold as NIU Wins Huskie Classic

GO HUSKIES Kim Hunley won the Huskie Classic Sportswoman Award for the second straight season, Monday.
GO HUSKIES
Kim Hunley won the Huskie Classic Sportswoman Award for the second straight season, Monday.
GO HUSKIES

Sept. 28, 2009

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HUNTLEY, Ill. - The Northern Illinois women's golf team celebrated the silver anniversary of the Huskie Classic by bringing home the gold, Monday at Whisper Creek Golf Club.

Senior Kim Hunley(Aurora, Ill./West Aurora) led the way for the Huskies, using rounds of 77 and 75 to bring home the first place medal. The only player to shoot two sub-80 rounds, Hunley carded a two-round score of 152, eight better than second place finisher Lucy McGovern of Loyola. Hunley was also named the Huskie Classic Sportswoman of the Tournament for the second consecutive season.

"I know as a senior this was a goal of hers, to go out with a flurry," NIU head coach Pam Tyska said. "She played two games today, one between her ears, and the one she wrote down on the score card, and she was medalist in both."

As a team, the Huskies went into Monday's play ahead of Loyola by two strokes. Northern Illinois expanded that lead by seven strokes in round two to beat the Ramblers by nine.

"Last year one of the hurdles we never overcame was that we couldn't finish what we started," Tyska said. "We've been working on closing rounds and closing tournaments more effectively, and I'm very pleased we've turned that corner."

Northern Illinois' Kim Bailey (Gibson City, Ill./Gibson City-Melvin Sibley) used a strong first round 75 to finish in third place, just ahead of Allie Parthie (Marinetta, Wis./Marinetta). A freshman playing on NIU's second team, Parthie followed a first-round 80 with an 84 to tie for fourth.

"She had a solid first Huskie Classic," Tyska said. "She opened with a strong 80, and the 84 reflected about 10 strokes that mother nature gave to us today."

Senior Mandi Vavrinchik (Elmhurst, Ill./York) was one of only three players in the entire field to improve from day one to day two, a difficult feat considering the whipping winds the swirled across the course over the second 18. Vavrinchik saw a three-stroke improvement, dropping her score from 84 to 81, to tie for sixth.

"She really ground it out to improve three strokes, and again, that's how you win a tournament," Tyska said.

Northern Illinois will host the NIU Invitational at Brasada Ranch in Powell Butte, Ore., Oct. 3-5, and finish the autumn season at the MAC Fall Preview one week later.