Sept. 16, 2011
DEKALB, Ill. - The Northern Illinois University women's golf team travels to Yorktown, Ind. to compete in the 2011 Cardinal Classic Sept. 17-18. The tournament, hosted by Ball State, will be played at The Players Club.
"We played the Ball State several years now and it's always been a good tournament for us," said NIU head coach Pam Tyska. "The golf course is set up very much like Kishwaukee Country Club, but a bit more favorable."
NIU, which finished ninth in this event a year ago, enters play Saturday looking to build on some strong performances in its season opener at the Green Bay Invitational. Senior Katie Kuhn (Clarendon Hills, Ill./Hinsdale) leads the way for the Huskies after posting a top-10 finish in the opening event of the year, finishing fifth after shooting a 156.
Junior Allie Parthie (Marinette, Wis./Marinette) also finished in the top 10, taking seventh with a 157. Senior Carissa Burdi (Carol Stream, Ill./Bartlett) also played well, moving up eight spots on the leaderboard to finish 23rd with a 165.
"Carissa has been playing really well," Tyska said. "She overcame a really serious car accident over the summer. She is really focused. She's in her fifth year now, so she's had some competitions under her belt.
"She's been hungry the whole time she hasn't been able to play. Now that she can, she's really shinning."
NIU is one of 10 schools competing in the Cardinal Classic, including Mid-American Conference rivals Ball State and Ohio as well as in-state foes Southern Illinois and Western Illinois. Dayton, Indiana State, Cleveland State, Youngstown State and St. Johns also make up the field.