Junior Bryce Emory (Aurora, Ill./Marmion Academy) carded a final round 67 to lead the Northern Illinois men’s golf team to a fourth-place finish on Tuesday at the UCF Rio Pinar Invitational at Rio Pinar Country Club.
Emroy’s five-under par final round helped him finish in a tie for sixth individually after entering the final round in a tie for 19th, it is Emory’s third career top-10 finish.
The Huskies finished with a team score of 870 and were the highest-placing MAC school in the field, 18 shots better than seventh-place Akron. Wichita State claimed the team title with a final score of 844; Jack Hernandez of Florida Gulf Coast earned medalist honors with a nine-under total of 207.
“We went in with a game plan to win our pairing (with Akron and Campbell), we wanted to take care of business there and see what happened with the top-three schools,” said NIU head coach Tom Porten. “All three of those teams played pretty well, so we knew we were playing for fourth most of the day. It was a good solid team performance from start-to-finish.”
For Emory, his sixth-place finish was the third top-10 of his career while his final round 67 was the lowest individual round of his collegiate career.
“It was his best round as a Huskie and it could have been even better,” Porten said. “Bryce managed his round really well. He is gaining confidence every time he plays. It isn’t really a course designed for his game, it has a lot of doglegs and it’s not a bomber’s golf course. I think he only hit driver on four or five holes today. He is really starting to become the kind of player that we need him to become at the top of our lineup.”
Freshman Thomas Dunne (Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Coffman) recorded a final round 73 to finish in a tie for 17th, his best career collegiate finish.
Freshman Nick Schiavi (Barrington, Ill./Barrington) posted his lowest round of the tournament on Tuesday, carding an even-par 72 to tie for 28th overall. Schiavi’s 54-hole total of 220 is a collegiate-best.
Juniors Kurtis Luedtke (Aurora, Ill./West) and Griffin Bauman (Crystal Lake, Ill./South) each posted their lowest 54-hole totals of the season. Luedtke shot a final round 78 to post a three-round total of 226 while Bauman carded a final round 76 for a 54-hole score of 227.
Playing as an individual, sophomore Shawn Foley (Pewaukee, Wis./Waukesha North) fired a final round 75 to tie for 36th with a cumulative score of 222.
Northern Illinois will return to the links this weekend when it travels to Lake Worth, Fla., to compete in the FAU Spring Break Championship. The three-day tournament will begin Friday, March 23 and continue through Sunday, March 25.
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