The Northern Illinois University men’s golf team finished the fall portion of its schedule Tuesday at the Pinetree Intercollegiate at Pinetree Country Club. The Huskies moved up one position in the team standings to finish 11th.
Host Kennesaw State claimed the tournament team title for the second consecutive year, posting a 54-hole team total of 872. Winthrop’s Taylor Dickson earned individual medalist honors with a three-round score of 213, three-under par.
“We struggled with the management of a very good golf course,” said NIU head coach Tom Porten.
“It was a perfect day, no wind, hard setup, great hole locations. We have to become a more disciplined team if we are going to where we need to be to be competitive. We just get greedy when we shouldn’t and it cost us a bunch of shots early. Today was about management and putting, we had putted much better than we did at Erin Hills but then today we three-putted about 13 holes.”
Junior Liam White (Waukegan, Ill./Carmel Catholic/Indian Hills CC) posted the best round of the day for NIU with a 79. White was just two-over par after the back nine, his first nine of the day, before giving away a handful of stroke on the front side. White finished with a birdie on the par-five ninth hole. White finished the tournament in a team-best 54th place, moving up two places on the final day of competition.
Freshman Pierrick Fillon (Voreppe, France/Lycee Pierre Beghin) was just one stroke behind White in Tuesday’s final round and freshman Caulen Coe (Gulf Stream, Fla./University of Nebraska Independent School) was one stroke behind Fillon. Coe claimed the second-highest finish for NIU, earning a tie for 60th.
“It was disappointing to end the fall not playing our best round,” Porten said. “Our guys players learned a lot of hard lessons this fall and we have a lot of work to do through the end of this semester and before the spring begins.”
The completion of the Pinetree Intercollegiate wraps up the fall portion of the 2013-14 schedule for the Huskies. NIU will return to action in the spring, beginning at the Snowman Getaway in Goodyear, Ariz., Feb. 24-25.