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Women’s golf holds onto 11th at Cardinal Cup

September 17, 2014
Sydney Brickey

Sydney Brickey

The Northern Illinois University women’s golf team finished 11th place after the final round of play Tuesday at the Cardinal Cup at U of L Golf Club.

NIU carded a final round 315 to finish the tournament with a 936 and tied with in-state foe Illinois St. and ahead of fellow Mid-American Conference rival Akron. Louisville’s Black team won the overall title with an 888, while Bradley’s Danielle Lemek won the individual crown with a 213.

“Overall, it was an okay tournament for us,” said NIU head coach Kim Kester. “The course played tougher for us today with cooler morning and some wind. The field was very strong, so it was nice competing against a lot of top schools.”

Sophomore Sydney Brickey’s (Burtchville, Mich./Shattuck-St. Mary’s) consistency helped her climb five spots up the leaderboard on the final day of competition. Brickey carded a 54-hole score of 228, a career-low and ninth of the school’s all-time list. She turned in scores of 76 on all three rounds.

“It was good to see Sydney play so consistently,” Kester said. “After Connie’s start, it was good to see her rebound with a couple birdies and make the most of her round.”

Junior Connie Ellett (Hampshire, Ill./Hampshire) finished in 50th with a 235 (82-76-77), while sophomore Lena Gautier (La Celle Saint Cloud, France/Creteil) finished in 59th with a 237 (78-77-82).

Junior Samantha Coyne (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett) took 75th with a 243 (77-79-87), while senior Casey LaBarbera’s (Marinette, Wis./Marinette) 250 allowed her to take 95th. LaBarbera improved as the tournament went on, carding a first round 87, second round 83 and a final round 80.

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