The Northern Illinois University women’s golf team climbed three spots in the final round to finish sixth at the Lady Bison Spring Classic at Paiute Golf Club Friday.
NIU cut 16 strokes off its first round 320 to finish with a 624, two shots out of fifth place Boise State and 38 strokes behind winner Nova Southeastern (586). Today’s final round 304 was the lowest score for the Huskies since shooting a 302 in the 2006 MAC Championships
Jenny Niemiec (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East) trimmed 12 strokes off her first round 83, firing a career-low 71 to finish in 15th place with a 154. Niemiec’s 71 is lowest round by a Huskie since Kim Hunley’s 70 at the Peggy Kirk Bell Invitational in 2009.
“Connie and Jenny finished out this spring break trip great,” said NIU head coach Kim Kester. “Jenny made a ton of birdies. She made four birdies in a row. It was another so-called ‘boring day’ of golf for her, nothing too exciting. She kept the ball in play for the most part.”
Senior Allie Parthie (Marinette, Wis./Marinette) and Connie Ellett (Hampshire, Ill./Hampshire) tied for 20th after scoring a 156. Connie Ellett shot a career-low 74 in the final round, while Parthie carded an 81.
Taylor Ellett (Hampshire, Ill./Hampshire) also turned in a career-low score in the final round of play shooting a 78 to finish in 30th with a 158. Casey LaBarbera (Marinette, Wis./Marinette) rounds out the Huskie competitors as she finished in 61st with a 171.
The Huskies return to the course Sunday, March 24, when NIU travels to Carbondale for the Saluki Invitational. Tee time is set for 8 a.m.
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