Senior Bryce Emory (Aurora, Ill./Marmion Academy) of the Northern Illinois men’s golf team was named Mid-American Conference Golfer of the Week following his performance at the Forest Hills Collegiate in Augusta, Ga.
Emory earned a fifth-place individual performance while helping lead the Huskies to second place in the team event.
Emory carded an even-par 144 in the one-day, 36-hole event, opening with a first round 73 before coming back with a one-under 71 in the second round of the day.
“Everything happens for a reason and a back injury to Nick Huggins helped open the door for Bryce, who had struggled in the fall, but he was ready,” said NIU head coach Tom Porten. “He has worked really hard and this is a validation of that hard work.
“Bryce didn’t have the opportunity to go to Tampa with us for the match play, he hadn’t played any golf outside in several months, so to see him be consistent with all of his clubs is hopefully the start of a good final spring season for him and I couldn’t be happier for him.”
The fifth-place finish was Emory’s fourth career top-10 and his first since taking third at the UCF Rio Pinar Invitational last March. In three tournaments this season, Emory has a scoring average of 78.3
Emory was one of three Huskies to claim top-10 finishes at the Forest Hills Collegiate, helping NIU to a 36-hole total of 586, taking second behind host August State, the 2010 and 2011 NCAA Division I National Champions. The second place team finish was NIU’s best since October of 2010 when the Huskies took second at the Bearcat Invitational.
This is the first MAC Player of the Week honor for Emory, and the first for the Huskies since Jeff Dick claimed the honor while winning the Bearcat Invitational in October of 2010.
Emory and the Huskies will resume their spring slate at the Mission Inn Spring Spectacular in Howey in the Hills, Fla. The two-day event will begin Saturday, March 16.