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Women’s golf falls to Eastern Michigan

October 20, 2014
Samantha Coyne

Samantha Coyne

The eighth seed Northern Illinois University women’s golf team lost its final match at the Hoosier Fall Invitational 3-2 to conference rival Eastern Michigan at the Purgatory Golf Club in Noblesville Ind. Sunday.

Samantha Coyne (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett) and Lena Gautier (La Celle Saint Cloud, France/Cretiel) were the only two Huskies to win their matches. Coyne’s victory Sunday was her second of the weekend.

Coyne defeated Karyn Lee Ping by two holes. Coyne was down by three through the front nine, however, she won four of the next five holes to go up by two.

Gautier posted her lone win of the tournament defeating Eastern Michigan’s Kelsey Murphy in 19 holes. The pair was engaged in a see-saw battle throughout the first 18 holes, forcing the extension of the match. The Huskie sophomore was able to edge out Murphy in the extra hole to win the match.

“We were pretty much down all day,” said NIU head coach Kim Kester. “Lena won her match in 19 holes. It was great to see that. She played a tough match.

“Sam was down four and she came back and won 2 up. It was great to see her come back. She fought all the way to the end and came out with a win.”

The Hoosier Fall Invitational was the final tournament for NIU this fall. The Huskies return to the course Feb. 9, 2015, for the 2015 MAC Match Play at Lakewood Ranch, Fla. Tee time is set for 7 a.m. CT.

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