Women’s golf to face MAC rivals

By Rhema Rhea

Women’s golf gets one last chance to work out a few kinks in its game when it travesl to Bowling Green, Ohio, for the Dolores Black Falcon Invitational.

This tournament will prepare the Huskies for the MAC Championship as they will see five MAC schools. This will be the Huskies’ last match before the championships. Head coach Kim Kester will hope to have a nice showing against those conference opponents.

“We’ll see some of the MAC schools, so we’ll know what we’re playing against, and [that] gives us a good indication of what we’ll have to do in a week and a half prior to leaving for the MAC Championships,” Kester said.

Kester said NIU dealt fine with the changes at the Bradley Spring Invitational, which due to weather had to be relocated and the number of holes decreased, and the team is ready to play again.

“They did well with handling all the switch-ups this past weekend,” Kester said. “They get their mindset that you’re playing one course, and then they throw a loophole that you’re playing a different course, but this week we’ve just been doing different things to play under par — close out our last three holes, fight back from bogeys — that kind of stuff they’ve done well this week.

“Most of them have seen Bowling Green’s course. If some crazy weather thing pops up, we’re good, we’ve seen it before. [It’s a] very playable course and the field is pretty good, so look forward to another good tournament.”

Coming off a 622 (314, 308) third-place finish during last week’s invitational, Kester said NIU can execute the things it worked on this week and have back-to-back top-three performances.

“With a tournament this size, a top-three finish would be fantastic again,” Kester said. “Obviously you want to win, but there [are] a couple tough schools that beat us quite a bit this year. But, if we can go in there and beat them and get a win, fantastic. But top three would be a good end to the regular season.”