March 23, 2013
DEKALB, Ill. - The Northern Illinois University women's golf team travels to Carbondale, Ill. to compete in the 19th Annual Saluki Invitational at Hickory Ridge Golf Course Sunday.
Northern Illinois returns to the course after turning in a sixth place finish at the Lady Bison Spring Classic at Palute Golf Club in Las Vegas. The Huskies shot a final round 304, the lowest score for NIU since posting a 302 at the 2006 MAC Championships.
"We've had a lot of success so far this season," said NIU head coach Kim Kester. "We just hope to continue it. We're playing well. Hopefully we're peaking at the right time and can continue it."
Jenny Niemiec (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East) led the way for the Huskies in the final round shooting a career-low 71, 12 strokes fewer than her first round score, to finish in 15th. It was lowest round by a Huskie since Kim Hunley's 70 at the Peggy Kirk Bell Invitational in 2009.
Connie Ellett (Hampshire, Ill./Hampshire) and Taylor Ellett (Hampshire, Ill./Hampshire) turned in career-lows in the final round of the Lady Bison Spring Classic. Connie Ellett carded a 74, while her older sister Taylor shot a 78.
"Everybody's pulling their weight, which is good to see," Kester said. "Everyone realizes, the people that are traveling know they're there for a reason. You're taking five people, and four count. No one wants to be the score that doesn't count."
After playing in Florida, Arizona and Nevada, this weekend's tournament presents a challenge to the field with the extended winter the Midwest is experiencing.
Northern Illinois is one of 11 teams in the field. In addition to host Southern Illinois, the Huskies will face off against in-state foes Eastern Illinois, Western Illinois, SIU-Edwardsville and Loyola-Chicago. Drury, IPFW, John A. Logan C.C., Nebraska-Omaha and Washington (Mo.) make up the rest of the field. Iowa will have several players competing as individuals.
The Saluki Invitational is a two-day 36-hole tournament and will feature 18 holes on both Sunday and Monday. The Huskies and the field will tee off at 10 a.m. CT with a shotgun start.