Northern Illinois posted its best round of the tournament, finishing the round with a team total of 318, on Sunday’s final day of play at the Northern Intercollegiate at Rich Harvest Farms.
The Huskies finished their home tournament in 15th place.
Beginning the day in fourth place, Central Florida came from behind to win the team title with a final round total of 283, for a 54-hole total of 866. The Knights also won the inaugural Northern Intercollegiate in 2011.
Houston’s Roman Robledo fired a final round 73 to take individual medalist honors with a three-round total of five-under 211, holding off UCF’s Greg Eason who finished one stroke back following a final round 67.
The shot of the day belonged to Liberty’s Michael Hocker who carded an ace on the par-three, 191-yard 13th hole, the first hole-in-one in the history of the Northern Intercollegiate.
“It has been nice to once again open the season at home,” said NIU head coach Tom Porten. “We didn’t play our best this weekend but we are extremely grateful to the Rich Family for allowing us to once again host this event at Rich Harvest Farms. It was a wonderful opportunity for our team to play with many top teams from around the country.”
For the Huskies, junior Nick Huggins (Marietta, Ohio/Marietta) was the top finisher, tying for 60th after shooting a final round 78. Huggins carded a 54-hole total of 232. Freshman Pierrick Fillon (Voreppe, France/Lycee Pierre Beghin) had his best round of the tournament in the final round, finishing with a 79.
NIU will return to action Saturday, Sept. 21, as the Huskies travel to Zionsville, Ind., to compete in the Wolf Run Intercollegiate, hosted by Indiana University.