NASHPORT, Ohio -- The Northern Illinois men’s golf team sits in ninth-place after Friday’s first two rounds of the Mid-American Conference Championship at Longaberger Golf Club. Redshirt senior Griffin Bauman paced the Huskies with a 36-hole total of 149, he enters Saturday’s third round tied for ninth overall.
Four-time defending champion Kent State leads the team standings by 10 strokes over Ball State and Toledo, who are tied for second. Taylor Pendrith of the Golden Flashes holds the individual lead with a 36-hole total of 136.
“This is a really good golf course and the setup is great,” said NIU head coach Tom Porten. “The greens are firm and the rough is a healthy length. As a team, we didn’t get off to the start we were looking for. The bright spot was Griffin (Bauman), he scuffled in the middle of his first round but was just able to hang around and then this afternoon he was fantastic. He holed a bunker shot on No. 9, his last hole, to get back even this afternoon.”
Bauman led NIU in both rounds on Friday, firing an opening 77 before recording an even-par 72 in his second round of the day. Bauman had a very steady second 18 holes has he recorded 10 pars and third birdies, including red figures on each of his final two holes of the day. Through the opening two rounds, Bauman has played the par threes at +1, the third-best total in the tournament.
Senior Bryce Emory (Aurora, Ill./Marmion Academy) is currently tied for 28th after posting a two-round total of 156. Emory opened with a 79 in the morning and bettered that with a 77 in the afternoon 18 holes.
Senior Paul Hammerschmidt is 43rd overall with a 36-hole total of 176 and junior Shawn Foley is 44th with a total of 177.
Saturday’s third round of play will begin at 6:50 a.m., (CT), the Huskies will be paired with Miami and Ohio.