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Golf team competes at Saint Mary’s Invitational

September 20, 2011

NIU Huskies men's golfJunior Bryce Emory shot a three-over 147 Monday to lead the Northern Illinois men’s golf team on the first day of the Saint Mary’s Invitational.

The Huskies are in 13th-place after the 36-hole first day of competition on the Monterrey Bay. Emory heads into today’s final day of competition tied for 19th place individually.

“I was pleased with the play of Bryce Emory and Nick Schiavi, in his first start with the team after playing as an individual last week at Rich Harvest,” NIU head coach Tom Porten said. “They both really showed up today. Outside of that we struggled a bit today.”

Emory and freshman Nick Schiavi each carded a 76 (+4) in the opening round, played on the Bayonet Course. Emory birdied three par fives (one, eight and 10) while also recording an even-par 36 on the front nine. Schivai also had three birdies in his first round, recording red figures on holes three, seven and nine, all par fours.

Emory continued his fine play on the second 18 of the day, played on the Blackhorse Course. Emory fired a one-under 71, including a quartet of birdies one numbers three, eight, 15 and 16. Schiavi also had a solid second 18 with a 75 (+3) that included five birdies.

Schiavi finished the first 36 holes tied for 34th.

“The greens are hard here, both literally and figuratively,” Porten said. “We struggled in two phases today, with our execution off the tee and with the putter in our hand. We regrouped before dark, got a little bit of work in and we will come back tomorrow and hopefully move up a few spots.”

The final round of the Saint Mary’s Invitational begins this morning on the Bayonet Course.

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