Men’s golf beginning fall season


By Tom Burton

DeKALB | Men’s golf looks to start off its season on a high note as they travel to Zionsville, Indiana, for the Wolf Run Intercollegiate Saturday and Sunday at Wolf Run Golf Club.

Wolf Run Golf Club was created by Dr. Jack Leer, a former amateur golfer whose dream was to build a challengeing golf course. Leer did this by adapting the course to the unique landscape of the property, making the elevations and lies difficult for the players.

“It’s a very demanding golf course that makes you use all of your clubs,” said NIU Head Coach Tom Porten. “The greens are fast and very well protected.”

Wolf Run Golf Club is mentioned as one of the best golf courses in the midwest in Golf Digest’s Top 100 courses list and is in also listed in the top 25 most difficult courses and one of the best playing memberships in the country, according to the golf club’s website.

The Huskies look to rewrite history at the course this year as they did not have a good showing at the Wolf Run Intercollegiate in 2014.

The Huskies finished the 2014 Intercollegiate with a three round total of 949 (314-320-315) and rounded out a field leaderboard that partially consisted of the Mid-American Conference and a few Big 10 Conference schools, including the best team in the country at the time, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

The team knows they are talented, and that getting off to a good start is critical to the team’s success this year.

“I think we’ll have a great season,” senior Pierrick Fillon said during an August interview. “We have a great group of guys and a few new guys.”

The Huskies will send out a group headlined by senior Joo-Young Lee, senior Charlie Cameron and sophomore Salvador Rocha.

“I can say with confidence that this [year’s team] is the deepest and most talented group since I have been here,” Porten said. “It’s an interesting bunch of guys, and their early signs have been really good.”

After this weekend’s Intercollegiate, men’s golf will be idle for a weekend before they participate in The Windon on Sept. 25 and 26 at the North Shore Country Club, 1340 Glenview Road, 60025, in Glenview.