Men’s golf finishes 4th at MAC tourney

By Tom Burton

Men’s golf put together a solid performance in its final team competition of the season, finishing fourth overall for the second straight year in the MAC Championship.

The Huskies (302-291-287-297) remained in the top five for the entirety of the tournament, highlighted by a 287 showing in the second round.

The weather proved to be a challenging task for the Huskies down the stretch of the tournament as they finished with a final round of 297, ten strokes higher than the previous day. The team closed the tournament with a tough final round, falling two places in the standings.

“The weather got cold and windy and we just weren’t able to execute the shots,” said NIU head coach Tom Porten. “The few times we got close to the hole, we couldn’t capitalize on the birdie opportunities.

Overall, I think the program took a big step forward this year. This year we were toe-to-toe with best teams in the conference and the country.”

The Huskies were led by another impressive showing from junior Joo-Young Lee (72-67-73-75), who finished second overall among individuals in the tournament. Lee was also named to the all-tournament team and first team all-conference for the year.

“I hit the ball pretty well for the most part all four days and tried to stick to the game plan,” Lee said. “Coach told me to try to hit the middle of the green and make pars.”

Senior Jordan Wetsch performed well in the last collegiate start of his career, carding another top-10 finish.

“It was starting to sink in that it’s my last tournament,” Wetsch said. “It’s been an honor to play for Coach Porten and the team. It’s been a good ride and I’ll miss it dearly.”

The Huskies will begin their fall season in September when they hold the Northern Intercollegiate at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove.