Sept. 16, 2012
DEKALB, Ill. - The Northern Illinois University women's golf team will play its second event in as many weeks when it competes in Chicago State's Cougar Golf Classic Sept. 17-18. The tournament will be played at the prolific Harborside International Golf Center in Chicago.
"There are a lot of the same teams we faced at Green Bay, so obviously we want to be in the top three again," said NIU head coach Kim Kester. "We just want to get all five rounds in the 70s. I think we have a strong team going and we'll do well."
A regional field will descend on Harborside on Monday. Along with Chicago State, NIU will be meeting Loyola, Indiana State, IUPUI, Valparaiso, Cleveland State, Texas-Pan America, IPFW, North Dakota, Green Bay, SIUE, Lewis, Eastern Illinois, and UIC on the south side of the city.
The Huskies enter the event coming off a tie for second at the season-opening Green Bay Invitational. Senior Allie Parthie (Marinette, Wis./Marinette) led the way with her third-place finish, shooting five over par during her two rounds. The Wisconsin native shot a first-round 73, par for the course and one off of her career low. Parthie will look to build on her early-season success with a strong finish in the Windy City.
Freshman Connie Ellett (Hampshire, Ill./Hampshire) made a splash in her Huskie debut in Green Bay with her ninth-place showing. Connie tied her sister Taylor in the first round with a 79, but then got the best of her older sibling by firing 77 on Tuesday. Both Elletts will be in the field at Harborside.
Casey LaBarbera (Marinette, Wis./Marinette) and Jenny Niemiec (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East), who finished 38th and 56th at the Green Bay Invitational respectively, round out the list of Huskie competitors.
Harborside International Golf Center is home to two of the state's highest-praised public courses. Its Starboard (#10) and Port (#15) courses both made GolfWeek's
2012 listing of Top Courses You Can Play in Illinois. Both were designed with championships in mind; hosting a 2002 Champions Tour event only validated that vision.
NIU will tee off the first 18 of 36 holes in a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Monday. The team will play the remaining 18 holes on Tuesday.