The Northern Illinois men’s golf team holds 12th place after the first two rounds at the Wolf Run Intercollegiate, hosted by Indiana University.
NIU shot rounds of 306 (+22) and 303 (+19) at Wolf Run Golf Club outside of Indianapolis. The Huskies sit a single stroke behind IUPUI for 11th, and six ahead of 13th-place IPFW. Eight players and two teams finished the day under par for the event, including Akron’s Charlie Bull who finished tied for fourth at this year’s MAC Championships held at Rich Harvest Farms. Ohio State leads at two-under par with a one-stroke advantage on Illinois.
“As a whole, we aren’t playing very good team golf, certainly not the way we are capable of,” said NIU head coach Tom Porten. “Griffin (Bauman) had a strong day. He started out slow this morning with a couple of early bogies but he really dug in and had a solid day. Griffin hit his driver well today and did a nice job of taking what the golf course gave him.
“I walked with Nick (Schiavi) this afternoon and he was outstanding. He drove it well and did a nice job taking a conservative approach. I think he hit 16 greens in regulation and gave himself a chance all day today.”
SophomoreSchiavi (Barrington, Ill./Barrington) led NIU with rounds of 74 and 71 on a pleasant day in the heart of the Hoosier state. Schiavi’s day places him as the top Huskie on the individual leaderboard (T17) at 3-over-par. The Barrington, Ill., native’s second-round 71 was one of only 25 par-or-better rounds in the field at Wolf Run Golf Club, a course nationally renowned for its difficulty.
Senior Bauman (Crystal Lake, Ill./Central) was the other Huskie to making his presence felt in Indiana. Playing out of the team’s number-one tee time, Bauman opened the day with a one-over 72 before falling back with a 75 in the afternoon. At five-over, Bauman is poised to move up from his 29th-place position into the top 20 on Sunday.
Rounding out the NIU lineup were Shawn Foley (Pewaukee, Wis./Waukesha North), Bryce Emory (Aurora, Ill./Marmion Academy), and Greg Pohlmann (Decatur, Ill./Lakeview) who hold 69th, 74th, and 78th, respectively. Nick Huggins (Marietta, Ohio/Marietta), competing as an individual for the Huskies, finished the second round in 59th place.
NIU will complete play at the Wolf Run Intercollegiate on Sunday with Pohlmann as the first Huskie to go off at 8:38 a.m.
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