Senior Griffin Bauman (Crystal Lake, Ill./Central) carded a final round 74 to finish second on Sunday at the John Dallio Memorial at Ruffled Feathers Golf Club.
Junior Shawn Foley (Pewaukee, Wis./Waukesha North) also recorded a top-five finish with a final round 76 to tie for fifth as the Northern Illinois men’s golf team finished with a final round 301 to claim seventh in the team competition.
Bauman’s second-place finish was his best collegiate finish, bettering a third-place finish at the Branson Creek Invitational in April of 2010. The seventh-place team finish is the best team finish of the season for NIU.
“Griffin had another terrific tournament,” said NIU head coach Tom Porten. “He had a great run in the middle of the round and just ran into a couple of tough holes at the end of his round or he would have had a chance to be the medalist.
“Number three is a really difficult par three, with water down the right side, and it was pretty much our waterloo as we were making a run to get into the top three or four. Four of our five guys hit it into the water and we had three bogeys and two doubles, which hurt our momentum.”
Bauman entered the final round in a tie for second after a birdie on the final hole of his second round. Starting on the fourth hole, the senior used three-straight red numbers on 13, 14 and 15 in his final round to get as low as two-under before finishing with a two-over 74. The second-place finish was the third top-10 of Bauman’s career.
Foley entered the final round in a tie for fifth after completing his bogey-free second round. Foley carded a pair of birdies in his final round, four-over 76 as he maintained his tie for fifth. The fifth-place finish was the best of Foley’s collegiate career, bettering a sixth-place finish at the Cardinal Intercollegiate last September.
Senior Kurtis Luedtke (Aurora, Ill./West), sophomore Nick Schiavi (Barrington, Ill./Barrington) and senior Matt Gorman (Waunakee, Wis./Waunakee) each also carded their best round of the tournament in Sunday’s final round. Luedtke posted a three-over 75 in Sunday’s final 18 while Schiavi and Gorman each carded four-over 76s. Schiavi finished in a tie for 37th with a 54-hole total of 234, Gorman and Luedtke posted identical 54-hole totals of 240 to tie for 56th.
“A lot of positives can be taken from the final round,” said Porten. “We improved our position from round one to round two and from round two to round three. It was nice to see all five players playing team golf. Shawn and Griffin were pretty consistent for the entire tournament and gave us some good things to build on for the rest of the fall.”
NIU will return to competitive action on Monday, Oct. 15, when they begin play in the Earl Yestingsmeier Individual Invitational in Muncie, Ind.