The Northern Illinois men’s golf team claimed an eighth place finish in the 18-team field at this weekend’s D.A. Weibring Intercollegiate.
NIU closed the tournament with rounds of 302 (+18) and 307 (+23), giving them a three-round total of 918 (+66). The Huskies beat seven of the eight Illinois schools competing, falling only to the first-place Illini. Akron nipped the Huskies by a single stroke for seventh place, but NIU held a comfortable eleven-stroke advantage over ninth-place Drake.
Senior Jeff Dick (Sherman, Texas/Sherman) spearheaded NIU’s effort on Sunday, posting the team’s lowest scores in both the second and third rounds. Dick (+10) finished with an event total of 223, good for a tie for ninth and his first top-10 finish of the fall season.
“I was disappointed in the outcome but the effort was there,” said NIU head coach Tom Porten. “The good news is we saw Jeff Dick start to come out of his mini slump with a solid finish. He made five birdies today. His putter is really starting to heat up.”
Senior Andrew Frame (Manteno, Ill./Manteno) turned in rounds of 76 and 75 to wrap up the tournament. Frame (+16) turned in one of the event’s seven eagles over the weekend, and earned a tie for 23rd. The veteran has been a model of consistency for the Huskies this fall; the veteran has claimed a spot in the top 25 at all three tournaments.
Sophomore Bryce Emory (Aurora, Ill./Marmion Academy) earned himself a tie for 27th after posting a 77 and 75 on Sunday. The performance marks his top finish in his collegiate career, bettering his previous best of 48th place he set at both of this fall’s previous events.
The team is now in Cleveland, Ohio, where they are competing in the CSU/Telich Sun Life Financial Golf Invitational. Junior Griffin Bauman (Crystal Lake, Ill./Crystal Lake Central) and sophomore Matt Gorman (Waunakee, Wis./Waunakee) will join the Huskies’ starting lineup at the undulating fairways of Canterbury Golf Club.
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