Mens golf team set for Northwestern Spring Invitational

By Sam Bauman

The men’s golf team is set to compete at the Northwestern Spring Invitational today and Tuesday in Glenview.

The Huskies will look to bounce back from their 10th out of 11 place finish last week. Much of their success will come from senior Bryce Emory, MAC Player of the Week and Jim West Intercollegiate winner.

“Obviously you’ve got to start with Bryce Emory,” said head coach Tom Porten. “He’s coming off of his win, and he’s certainly gaining a lot of confidence.”

Porten believes this course is well suited for Emory’s game, especially since this is the type of course on which Emory just won.

“It’s what we call a big golf course; it’s long and requires you to hit your tee ball pretty far and straight,” Porten said. “The golf course he won the tournament on last week was a long, hard golf course down at Texas, and that’s the kind of golf course that he likes.”

The Huskies will need the rest of the roster to play well to keep climbing the leaderboards. Porten believes the game of Griffin Bauman will be beneficial to the team this weekend, especially with his success at the course.

“Griffin Bauman did play this past summer in the state open at this course, and he finished 15th,” Porten said. “I know he likes the golf course and is looking forward to getting out onto the course.”

The Huskies will need solid games from Emory and Bauman if they hope to contend with the host school, Northwestern.

“They’re the top-ranked team in the tournament,” Porten said. “They’re one of the top teams in the nation, and they have several good players.”

Emory and Bauman have been the most consistent golfers for the Huskies this spring. Also playing this week is senior Kurtis Luedtke. Luedtke finished 10th at the Forest Hills Collegiate in February and has shown an ability to golf well throughout the spring.

The Huskies will look forward to the continued strong play of seniors Emory, Bauman,and Luedtke as they travel to Glenview. Should all three players play well the Huskies may be looking at a successful couple of days.