April 12, 2013
DEKALB, Ill. - The Northern Illinois women's golf team will travel to Ohio to compete in Bowling Green's Dolores Black Falcon Invitational this weekend.
The Dolores Black Falcon Invitational will begin at 7:30 AM (CT) on Saturday at Stone Ridge Golf Club. NIU will play the final 18 at the par 72, 5,960-yard setup on Sunday beginning at 8:00 AM (CT). No live scoring will be available for this event, but scores and recaps will be posted on NIUHuskies.com following each day of play.
The field will be primarily comprised of schools from the Great Lakes region. Along with the Huskies and host Falcons, the field at Stone Ridge Golf Club will include Ashland, Chicago State, Cleveland State, Detroit Mercy, Ferris State, Findlay, Indianapolis, IPFW, Loyola, Niagara, Northwood, Oakland, and Ohio.
"We're seeing a lot of schools we saw in the last tournament," said NIU head coach Kim Kester. "A top-five finish would be good for us and it would be good to build momentum heading into the MAC Championships. It's the last huh-rah before the big huh-rah. It's going to be good to see how we do this weekend."
Junior Jenny Niemiec (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East) and freshman Connie Ellett (Hampshire, Ill./Hampshire) have each tied together a string of three straight top-20 finishes. Niemiec has averaged a 13th place finish and a 79.5 scoring average over that span. Most recently she fired a 13-over 157 at the IPFW Spring Classic, good for a tie for 13th.
Ellett has finished 11th, 20th, and 10th during her top-20 streak. The 10th place finish at the early April IPFW Spring Classic was her third top 10 of the season, first this spring, and the best finish by a Huskie in the Hoosier State. The freshman currently holds a stroke-and-a-half scoring average advantage over her sister Taylor Ellett (Hampshire, Ill./Hampshire), who is also starting for NIU this weekend.
Senior Allie Parthie
(Marinette, Wis./Marinette) and sophomore Casey LaBarbera
(Marinette, Wis./Marinette) will round out Kester's lineup card. Parthie will be looking to bounce back from her 26th-place showing at the last tournament, only her fourth finish outside the top 20 this since the beginning of her junior season. LaBarbera posted her best finish of the season, a tie for 13th, at the IPFW Spring Classic. The sophomore broke 80 for the first time this year with her 77 in the final round at Brookwood Golf Club.
Natalya Schleebs (Naperville, Ill./Matea) will be making her Huskie debut, playing as an individual.