March 30, 2013
DEKALB, Ill. - The Northern Illinois women's golf team travels to the Hoosier State to compete in the IPFW Spring Classic on Sunday, March 31.
Ten teams from the great lakes region, including the Huskies and host IPFW. The other eight competing programs include Oakland, Evansville, Valparaiso, SIU-Edwardsville, Detroit, Dayton, Loyola (Ill.), and Indianapolis.
There is no snow in the forecast, allowing the Huskies their first competition in a northern climate this spring. The team's previous event on the schedule, the Saluki Invitational, was cancelled due to a winter storm that swept through the region.
"We're excited to get a tournament in," said NIU head coach Kim Kester. "We're excited to get to IPFW and see how we can do there.
"This whole past week we've been able to be outside the majority of the time. Anytime you can get outside is a good thing. We've taken advantage of being outside and the girls are hitting it well."
Junior Jenny Niemiec (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East) led the Huskies with her tie for 15th at the Lady Bison Spring Classic in Las Vegas in NIU's last tournament appearance. She fired a one-under-par 71 in the second round - good for both a personal-best as well as the lowest round shot by a Huskie since 2009. The junior will look to continue that momentum when the team plays closer to home this week.
Senior Allie Parthie (Marinette, Wis./Marinette) continued her swan song in Vegas as she completes her final season of eligibility. The Wisconsin native again lowered her team-best scoring average to 78.6 with her 75-81 line at the Lady Bison Classic. If the season ended today, Parthie would have the second-best single-season stroke average in NIU history. She has a half stroke to make up over her last three events to catch NIU Hall-of-Famer Nicole Jeray, who posted a 78.1 average in 1991-92 to top the list.
Sophomore Casey LaBarbera
(Marinette, Wis./Marinette), sophomore Taylor Ellett
(Hampshire, Ill./Hampshire), and freshman Connie Ellett
(Hampshire, Ill./Hampshire) round out Kester's lineup. The Ellett sisters have each finished in the top 20 in their previous two tournaments, while LaBarbera will look to bounce back to the form that led to her tie for 18th at the Gary Freeman Invitational in February.
NIU will tee off their first 18 at 10 a.m. (CT) Sunday and Monday at the 6,135-yard, par 72 Brookwood Golf Club. There will be no live scoring available for this event, but scores and recaps will be posted on NIUHuskies.com following each day of play.