The Northern Illinois men’s golf team concluded the first day of play at the D.A. Weibring Intercollegiate in ninth place.
The Huskies opened with a morning total of 311 before rebounding with a team total of 303 in the afternoon 18 holes.
Griffin Bauman (Crystal Lake, Ill./Central) leads the way for NIU with a 36-hole total of 150, Bauman is currently in a tie for 13th overall.
“It was a tough day for everyone,” said NIU head coach Tom Porten. “With the wind, the cool weather and the firm greens the conditions were difficult. We got off to a slow start in the morning when birdies were precious and par was about all you could shoot for. Other than Griffin (Bauman) we just didn’t execute during the morning. We came back a bit in the afternoon Kurtis (Luedtke) and Paul Hammerschmidt in particular.
“We have a chance now to get into the top half of the field tomorrow and that will be our goal.”
Bauman carded the best round of the morning 18 for the Huskies with a two-over 73, including three birdies in the difficult conditions at the Weibring Golf Club. Bauman came back with a 77 in the afternoon to claim a tie for 13th heading into Sunday’s final 18 holes.
Three Huskies, Nick Schiavi (Barrington, Ill./Barrington), Kurtis Luedtke (Aurora, Ill./West) and Hammerschmidt (Westerville, Ohio/Westerville Central) turned in better rounds in the afternoon 18 than they did in the morning. Schiavi posted a 76 in the afternoon following a 79 during the morning round; he is currently in a tie for 38th that includes Luedtke. Luedtke responded very well from a morning 81 to card a 74 during the afternoon round.
Hammerschmidt also bounced back well with a 76 during the afternoon round following an 83 during the morning 18.
The Huskies return to the course today for the final round of the D.A. Weibring Intercollegiate. Sunday’s final round begins with a shotgun start at 8:45 a.m.
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