As a team, the Huskies are eighth with a score of 606 through the first two round of the three-round event at The Members Club at Four Streams.
Emory posted a team-low 71 in the second of two rounds on Monday after firing an opening round 73. He collected 26 pars in the opening 36 holes, fourth-most of any individual in the field.
“I was real pleased with Bryce Emory’s performance today,” NIU head coach Tom Porten said. “He was solid in both rounds and was just a couple of putts away from being right on the lead. I look for him to challenge for medalist tomorrow.”
Emory is currently tied with West Florida’s Ryan Black and trails Vaita Guillaume of Campbell, the tournament leader, by five strokes. West Florida leads the tournament with a total score of 587, leading host Georgetown by a stroke and Michigan State by two strokes.
Junior Matt Gorman (Waunakee, Wis./Waunakee) carded a 75 in the first round of the day, followed by a second round 76 to tie for 26th overall after the first day of play. Freshman Thomas Dunne (Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Coffman) is tied for 36th following a day that was highlighted by an opening round 74. Junior Kurtis Luedtke (Aurora, Ill./West) finished his second round with a 75, the second-best round two score for NIU, to finish the day in a tie for 50th.
Freshman Nick Schiavi (Barrington, Ill./Barrington) was forced to withdraw before the first round due to bronchitis, meaning all four scores would count for the Huskies in all three rounds.
“There is no margin for error when you only have four guys and everyone has to count,” Porten said. “But we won’t make excuses, we are going to come out tomorrow and see if we can catch DePaul and Miami (Ohio) just in front of us, and maybe a few other teams, and see if we can get into the top third of the field.”
NIU closed the opening round with a 3.19 scoring average on the par threes, the third-best average in the field. The Huskies finished the first round in a three-way tie for sixth with Navy and Xavier, carding a team score of 304.
NIU will wrap up the Georgetown Intercollegiate with 18 holes today. For more information on NIU men’s golf and Huskie athletics, visit www.niuhuskies.com.