Men’s golf to participate in Boilermaker Invitational

By Sam Bauman

The men’s golf team will travel to Purdue University for the Boilermaker Invitational this weekend.This will be a fast turnaround from the Huskies’ last tournament, which finished Tuesday.

The Huskies are hard at work practicing to make sure they’re prepared to compete again, even with such a short time between tournaments. Head coach Tom Porten doesn’t see the quick turnaround as a hindrance to the team.

“If the weather was cooperating it wouldn’t be an issue,” Porten said. “Fortunately we have a wonderful indoor facility to practice in so we can be ready.”

The Huskies are coming off a 10th place finish where they saw successful late-round finishes from three of their players. Seniors Griffin Bauman and Greg Pohlmann and sophomore Nick Schiavi finished with final-round scores in the low 70s. The play of these three was key to the Huskies’ success, and has also landed all of them in the starting lineup for this weekend.

Porten hopes the entire roster steps up, but he thinks there are three Huskies to watch this weekend.

“I’m hoping they all play well. I think that Bryce Emory, Griffin Bauman, and Nick Schiavi will all play very well,” Porten said. “I think the golf course is suited for their game.”

The Huskies will need Emory to rebound after a lackluster performance in the last tournament. After winning in Texas the Huskies hoped Emory would repeat at Northwestern, but he finished 12 over par to tie for 45th place out of 78 players.

Rounding out the Huskies’ lineup this weekend is senior Kurtis Luedtke. This will be Luedtke’s first competition since finishing tied for 56th at the Jim West Intercollegiate on April 9. The Huskies hope Luedtke plays like he did at the Forest Hills Collegiate when he finished 10th. Luedtke will take the spot that was held by freshman Connor Nelson.

“Connor struggled so we’re going to give Kurtis a chance to play a golf course that he likes,” Porten said. “He’s played the tournament the past few years, so we think that it’ll be a good fit for him.”

The Huskies hope this weekend’s lineup will be the one to vault the team into the top 10 against stiff competition. NIU will need every player to step up this weekend as it will face teams from the Big Ten and the MAC.