NIU junior Jordan Wetsch (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East/Colorado State) was named the Mid-American Conference’s Golfer of the Week following his Top 5 finish at the Sagamore Fall Preview in Noblesville, Ind.
“We’re extremely happy for Jordan,” said Tom Porten, director of golf at NIU. “It was a big weekend for our team, and Jordan led us the whole way. This is a great honor, and he definitely earned it with his play.”
Wetsch opened the tournament with a one-under-par 71 during the first round at the Sagamore Club and followed up with an even-par 72 in the second round to maintain a one-under 143 and tied for fifth place. Wetsch tied for the tournament lead for birdies with nine, helping NIU to a tournament best 35. The third round of the tournament was canceled Tuesday as heavy rains washed out the course.
His play led the Huskies to a third-place team finish, trailing only No. 1 Illinois and No. 8 Auburn in the field, as NIU shot a season-best 289 (+1) in the first round and a 301 (+13) in the second. The Huskies 590 (+14) was the best two-round total for the team this season.
Wetsch is the first Huskie to earn the honor since Bryce Emory on April 11, 2013, when the senior won the Jim West Intercollegiate at TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas.
NIU closed the the fall season at Sagamore and will return to the links Feb. 20, 2015, when it heads to Humble, Texas, for the Bayou City Collegiate Championship, hosted by Houston.