March 13, 2013
LAS VEGAS - The Northern Illinois women's golf team continues its spring break trip in the desert when the Huskies travel to Las Vegas, Nev. to compete in the Lady Bison Spring Classic Thursday at Paiute Golf Club.
"The last tournament was a great tournament, but we know it's a new tournament and anything can happen," said NIU head coach Kim Kester. "We had a good practice yesterday. The thing with this course we're at now is it's a little breezy. As long as we keep the ball in play, we'll be alright."
NIU will be part of a 12-team field, including in-state rivals Western Illinois and Southern Illinois. In addition to host Bucknell and the three Illinois schools, Boise State, Creighton, Idaho State, North Dakota, Old Dominion, Radford, Villanova and Youngstown State.
Northern Illinois looks to build its strong performance in the Rio Verde Invitational where the Huskies posted a 618, including a season-low 307 in the first round. Jenny Niemiec (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East) and Allie Parthie (Marinette, Wis./Marinette) paced NIU finishing 22nd after shooting a 152.
Niemiec fired a career-low 75 in the final round to climb 13 spots in the final round of play. Casey LaBarbera (Marinette, Wis./Marinette) posted her career low, shooting a 78 in the final round of play to finish the tournament with a 162 and a 78th place finish.
"I just want to see consistency," Kester said of Niemiec. "I think she's now realizing she can compete at a high level. She's always known she can compete, but she's playing more shots than she's ever played before. It's a whole new game for her."
NIU will tee off at 12:30 PM (CT) on Thursday for its first 18 holes. Final round action will take place Friday and will consist of 18 holes.