NIU Women's Golf Team in Eighth at NIU Huskie Classic

GO HUSKIES Allie Parthie sixth after first round of NIU Huskie Classic.
Allie Parthie sixth after first round of NIU Huskie Classic.

Oct. 2, 2011

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DEKALB, Ill. - The Northern Illinois University women's golf team is in eighth place after the first round of play at the 27th annual NIU Huskie Classic at Kishwaukee Country Club Sunday.

"After a lot of preparation, we're a little disappointed in our standing," said NIU head coach Pam Tyska. "We're looking forward to getting recharged tonight and showing everybody the best that Huskie Women's Golf can offer."

The Huskies shot a 344 with Allie Parthie (Marinette, Wis./Marinette) leading the way. Parthie, who sits tied for sixth, carded a first round 81, shooting a 39 on the front nine and a 42 on the back nine. Katie Kuhn (Clarendon Hills, Ill./Hinsdale) is the second highest placing Huskie, posting an opening round 86 (45-41) and is tied for 31st.

"Allie was struggling, but really ground it out to post a round in the low 80s," Tyska said. "She finished really strong with a birdie on 17. She never stopped working. I don't think anybody stopped working.

"Tomorrow's another day. We know we can do a lot better. Each player knows that and we're going to climb our way up the leaderboard tomorrow."

Senior Kelsie Passolt (Hayward, Wis./Hayward) is tied for 35th after shooting an 87 (45-42), while Carissa Burdi (Carol Stream, Ill./Bartlett) is tied for 50th after shooting a 90 (43-47). Freshman Taylor Ellett (Hampshire, Ill./Hampshire) rounds out the list of NIU competitors, shooting a 95 in her first NIU Huskie Classic.

SIU-Edwardsville holds a two-stroke lead over Loyola University with a 328. Celeste Gassman of Creighton University, which is in third place with a first round 334, paces the field after posting an opening round 75.

Final round play begins Monday morning at Kishwaukee Country Club with a shotgun start at 9:30 a.m.

Team Scores: 1. SIU-Edwardsville (328); 2. Loyola (330); 3. Creighton (334); 4. Missouri-St. Louis (337); 5. Detroit-Mercy (339); 6. North Dakota (340); 7. Chicago State (343); 8. Northern Illinois (344); 9. South Dakota (348); 10. UIC (351); 11. Maryville (354); 12. IPFW (360).

Individual Scores: 1. Celeste Gassman (CU) 75; 2. Brooke Hood (SIUE) 77; T-3. Alexandra Perez (UIC) 79, Olivia Richards (DM) 79; 5. Kayla Eckelkamp (MU) 80; T-6. Allie Parthie (NIU) 81, Shweta Galande (M-SL) 81; 8. Lindsey Lammers (DM) 82, Alex Meyers (LU) 82, Amanda Fairweather (ND) 82, Carly Schneider (LU) 82.




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