Men’s golf finishes 11th overall at invitational

By Tom Burton

Men’s golf participated in the Seattle University Redhawk Invitational on Monday and Tuesday, finishing ninth on the first day and rallying from near the bottom of the leaderboard to finish 11th place overall on the second day.

The Huskies improved their team score in each round played, finishing with a total of 310 in Tuesday’s final round of the tournament.

NIU was led by junior Joo-Young Lee, who had an impressive three-day total of 225. Lee (74, 77, 74) finished tied for fourth place overall in the individual standings for the tournament. It was Lee’s second top-five finish in the last two outings.

“I’m just trying to minimize mistakes and take it one shot at a time,” Lee said. “My putting has gotten a little bit better and my short game has improved overall.”

Another contributor to NIU’s late comeback in the leaderboard was senior Jordan Wetsch, who finished the final two rounds with a 77 and a 78 after struggling in the opening round.

“It was nice to see him bounce back from a tough start and finish the tournament,” said head coach Tom Porten.

Porten said he was, for the most part, pleased with his team’s performance and the effort they showed while playing on a difficult course in tough conditions.

“It was a new type of golf that they’re not used to seeing,” Porten said. “It was the first trip for most of the players and it was a new experience for them.”

The Huskies will return this week, teeing off all day Saturday and Sunday at the Otter Creek Invitational in Columbus, Ind.