May 13, 2013
DEKALB, Ill. – Northern Illinois Director of Golf Tom Porten announced the signing of Sydney Brickey and Jake Curwin to join the Huskie golf programs. Brickey and Curwin both come to NIU from Shattuck-St. Mary’s, becoming the first two collegiate golfers from the school’s golf program.
A native of Burtchville, Mich., Brickey originally attended SSM as a sophomore to play hockey before switching to golf prior to her junior year. She qualified for the Minnesota Class AA State Golf Tournament as a righty in 2011, finishing 22nd after shooting a 170 and as a lefty in 2012, shooting a 184 (86-78) and placing 14th.
“She’s very athletic,” said NIU head women’s golf coach Kim Kester. “She started out a hockey player then went to golf. She started playing golf right handed, then made the switch to left-handed. She’s had success both right and left handed. She’s played all over the United States and had a great deal of success. I’m very excited for her to be a Huskie.”
Brickey participated in the Future Collegians World Tour (FWCT), competing in five events. She took first place in the FWCT Junior Golf Tournament at the Purdue University Kampen Course, shooting a 155 (80-75). Brickey’s career average is 81.0 and her career low is 74.
Curwin also competes on the FWCT and is currently ranked 17th in the points standings. He won a FCWT event at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club and also finished second at an event on Purdue University’s Kampen Course this past October. He also finished second on the University of Kentucky’s University Club course in November in a Plantations Junior Golf Tour event.
“Jake is a super-talented young man,” said Porten. “It is a testament to his hard work that he has been able to come out of a hockey background, make the switch to golf in the last 2-3 years and already begin to excel. He’s a late bloomer; his strengths are his short game skill and his length. Jake has played all over the country and has pretty solid junior tournament experience; I think he will have a strong impact for us in the fall.”
Curwin earned Class AA All-State honors last year from the Minnesota Golf Coaches Association and qualified for the Minnesota State High School Championship as an eighth grader and a high school sophomore. While playing on the Minnesota PGA Junior Golf circuit last summer, Curwin won the Players’ Tour Series Fairbault/Legacy event.
Brickey and Curwin will join their respective Huskie golf teams this coming fall.