Women’s golf grabs 5th place

Rhema Rhea

Women’s golf got better results but still isn’t where it wants to be after taking fifth out of 17 teams at the Cardinal Classic Tuesday in Yorktown, Ind.

The Huskies displayed back-to-back 310s to post a score of 620 for the tournament. NIU placed higher than two other MAC schools including host Ball State, which finished one stroke behind the Huskies in sixth. Four conference opponents finished ahead of the Huskies in the final standings.

The Western Michigan Broncos were one of three schools to post 299 or better in a single round during the two-day tournament and took top honors, shooting a (302, 296, 598).

“Syd [Brickey] played well, Lena [Gautier] played well and Connie [Ellett] turned it around from yesterday,” said head coach Kim Kester. “Overall, it was good to see Connie turn it back around and play consistent and [see] Lena have a good day. [I’m] not 100 percent happy with the finish. Top 10 is good, but we got beat by a handful of MAC teams that we need to beat.”

For the second tournament in a row, sophomore Sydney Brickey had the best finish among Huskies, claiming a tie for 11th out of 98 with a 151 (75, 76).

Sophomore Lena Gautier followed up an 81 on the first day with a 74 on the second day, which allowed her to jump 23 spots for 26th overall.

After hitting a career-low 73 and team-best four birdies and nine pars after the first 18 holes, junior Sam Coyne did not move up the leaderboard, finishing the second round with an 83. Coyne was right behind Gautier in the standings, carding a 156 and capturing a tie for 27the place.

Connie Ellett was tied with Gautier for the team in shaving seven strokes off her first-round score, registering a 156 (84, 77) and finishing tied for 50th.

Eighteen places behind Connie Ellett in a tie for 68th was her sister, Taylor Ellett, who brought in an 81 and 83 for a final score of 164.

Freshman Hayley Mortensen, who was playing as an individual, knocked in an 84 during the final round, giving her a two-day total of 162 in her college debut and placing her tied for 57th.

“We can’t be counting scores in the 80’s,” Kester said. “We have to get everyone playing consistently, we have to hit more greens and hit more putts. If you do that you’ll score quite well and you’ll win tournaments.”