The Northern Illinois men’s golf team finished with its second-best round of the tournament on Tuesday at the Saint Mary’s Invitational. The Huskies posted a cumulative score of 307, finishing with a three-round total of 925 (+61) to tie for 13th with Pacific.
Oregon won the Saint Mary’s Classic with a final score of 853, 13 shots better than second-place UAB.
Playing back on the Bayonet Golf Course, which also hosted the first round of the tournament, the Huskies bettered their score from the first 18 on the Bayonet course by five strokes.
“It was a little better team effort today, with the exception of Bryce’s start,” NIU head coach Tom Porten said. “He was slow out of the gate and had a couple of tough breaks. Outside of that, all of our guys had a chance to have a good round, but not all of them finished it off. We were a little more disciplined today, maybe a little more conservative, but you need to be on this golf course.”
Junior Bryce Emory was the top individual for the Huskies, tying for 31st with an overall score of 226 (+10). Emory shot a 79 in Tuesday’s final round and finished the tournament with 10 total birdies, tied for 14th-most in the field. Freshman Nick Schiavi was just a stroke behind Emory, tying for 33rd with a 227 (+11).
“Nick Schiavi did a nice job this week,” Porten said. “What we are trying to do as a team is get more consistent and he did a nice job in his first roadtrip of learning the golf course and executing shots. That is a good sign for us.”
Freshman Nick Huggins fired the low-round of the day for NIU, carding a three-over 75. Huggins posted a pair of birdies during his steady round that also included 11 pars.
“Saint Mary’s does an outstanding job with this event,” Porten said. “It is a really well run tournament. We just have to learn to play in different parts of the country; we certainly took our lumps this time around.”
The Huskies will return to action Monday, Sept. 26, and Tuesday, Sept. 27, when they travel to Louisville, Ky., to compete in the Cardinal Invitational played at The Cardinal Club.
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