Huskie Women's Golf Team in Third at Cougar Classic

GO HUSKIES Samantha Coyne leads the way for NIU at the Cougar Classic.
Samantha Coyne leads the way for NIU at the Cougar Classic.

Sept. 16, 2013

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CHICAGO - The Northern Illinois University women's golf team is in third place at the Cougar Classic hosted by Chicago State after the first round of play at Harborside International Golf Center Monday.

"The course played short, which helps us out," said NIU head coach Kim Kester. "They moved some tees up because of the wind. It's extremely windy out on some of the holes, but overall we played really well."

NIU finished the day with a first round 314, eight shots behind leader Chicago State and three strokes behind Detroit. Detroit's Olivia Richards leads the field after shooting an even par 72.

Samantha Coyne (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett) leads the way for the Huskies after firing an opening round 75 two strokes lower than her career low set last weekend at the Redbird Invitational. Taylor Ellett (Hampshire, Ill./Hampshire), who is playing as an individual carded a first round 77.

Casey LaBarbera (Marinette, Wis./Marinette) is tied for 13th after shooting a 78, while freshman Sydney Brickey (Burtchville, Mich./Shattuck-St. Mary's) is tied for 24th after shooting an 80 in her first round of play.

Jenny Niemiec (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East) is in 33rd place after shooting an 81 and Connie Ellett (Hampshire, Ill./Hampshire) rounds out the list of Huskie competitors. Connie Ellett is in 45th with an 82.

"It's great to see Sam come in with a 75," Kester said. "Casey did well. She had a stretch where she had a few three putts in a row and then she bounced back and finished strong. Overall it was a great day."

NIU completes play in the Cougar Classic Tuesday with a shotgun start set for 8 a.m. CT.

Team Scores: 1. Chicago State (306); 2. Detroit (311); 3. Northern Illinois (314); T-4. Indiana State (315), Cleveland State (315); 6. Texas-Pan American (316); 7. IPFW (318); 8. Loyola (319); 9. Dayton (323); 10. Creighton (324); 11. UIC (325); T-12. Green Bay (334), Eastern Illinois (334).

Individual Scores: 1. Olivia Richards (UD) 72; 2. Casey MacNeil (CSU) 73; T-3. Christina Thorne (UD) 74, Micaela Cronin (CSU) 74; T-5. Allyson Hackman (CSU) 75, McCall Christopher 75, Brooke Melvin (CSU) 75, Samantha Coyne (NIU) 75; 9. Lorelle Weavers (CSU) 76; T-10. April Ohlendorf (LU) 77, Lindsey Lammers (UD) 77, Taylor Ellett* (NIU) 77.




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