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Men’s golf in fifth after one day at Mizzou

April 9, 2012
Kurtis Luedtke

Kurtis Luedtke

Junior Kurtis Luedtke (Aurora, Ill./West) is tied for 12th after shooting a pair of 73s to lead the Northern Illinois men’s golf team after the first day of the COG Mizzou Intercollegiate at The Club at Old Hawthorne.

The Huskies are fifth in the team standings headed into Tuesday’s final round.

“It was just a good grind by our team today,” said NIU head coach Tom Porten.

“We started on a tough stretch of holes but we were able to rally on the easier parts of the course, overall it was a good team effort. I was pretty impressed with our play and the way that we just continued to hang around all day even though we could have let it get away from us this morning.”

Missouri posted a team score of 564 to take a 20 stroke lead into play tomorrow, but NIU’s 36-hole total 589 is just five strokes behind second-place IUPUI.

“Hopefully we can get out to a better start tomorrow if we are going to push our way up the leaderboard,” said Porten. “We have our work cut out for us to hold our position but if we can get out to a fast start we have a shot to move our way up.”

After a double bogey on his first hole of the morning round, Luedtke posted nine consecutive pars, followed by birdies on three of his next four holes to get to one-under through 14. Luedtke gave back a stroke on each of his final tw,m o holes to finish the first round at 73.

In the afternoon, Luedtke opened with eight pars before alternating bogies and birdies for the next five holes. Luedtke finished with five more pars to post another 73.

Bryce Emory

Bryce Emory

Juniors Bryce Emory (Aurora, Ill./Marmion Academy) and Griffin Bauman (Crystal Lake, Ill./Central) also opened with one-over 73s.

Emory had a steady round that included 13 pars to finish with his 73. The Aurora, Ill., native had two birdies and two bogies heading to his final hole of the round, the par four third, before dropping a shot to finish end the opening 18 one over-par. Bauman collected six birdies in an up-and-down first round of play that also featured just six pars en route to his opening round 73.

In the afternoon round, Bauman posted a two-over 74 round that featured 14 pars. Bauman is currently tied for 15th with a total score of 147.

After an opening round 76, junior Paul Hammerschmidt (Westerville, Ohio/Westerville Central) rebounded in the afternoon to shoot an even-par 72. A tough start left Hammerschmidt four-over through his first seven holes of the round. A birdie on the 13th, his eighth hole, got Hammerschmidt going however as he did not record another bogey on the round while making three birdies to finish at even-par.

Hammerschmidt, playing in his first tournament of the spring, is tied for 17th heading into the final round.

“It is a testament to the strength of our roster that when a player gets an opportunity they take advantage of it,” said Porten. “Hammer has been waiting for that opportunity and he took advantage of it.”

The COG Mizzou Intercollegiate concludes with the final round on Tuesday. Play begins with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. NIU will be paired with Iowa State and Purdue for Tuesday’s final 18 holes.

For more information on NIU men’s golf and Huskie athletics, visit www.niuhuskies.com.