Men’s golf places 10th in Kemper open

By Sam Bauman

The men’s golf team finished up at the Kemper Sports Intercollegiate in Gleniew tied for 10th out of 14 in the tournament, marking its best finish for an event since placing second at the Forest Hills Collegiate on Feb. 23.

While the Huskies showed improvement, their game was hindered by inconsistency, especially in putting.

“We made a lot of birdies, we made 15 today which is a high number for the team,” said head coach Tom Porten. “We three-putted too many times today, as well. It’s like taking a step forward and then taking two steps back.”

Even with the inconsistency there were bright spots for the Huskies, including the play of senior Griffin Bauman. Bauman finished tied for 12th out of 78 with a five over par, 221. Bauman’s game included a first-round 71 that put him in contention for the weekend. Bauman could have repeated that score in the final round and could have finished tied for sixth had he not bogeyed his final three holes.

The Huskies also had strong play from sophomore Nick Schiavi and senior Greg Pohlmann. Schiavi was coming off a bad performance at FAU where he finished 94th for the tournament. This week, he finished play tied for 33rd with an even par 72, the Huskies’ lowest score for the day. Pohlmann also played well in his first tournament since October. Pohlmann was the third Huskie to finish with a final-round score in the 70s ending up tied for 57th, matching Bauman’s final round score of 74.

While the Huskies had strong play from unlikely sources, they were expecting more from senior Bryce Emory. Emory, who won the last tournament the Huskies competed in, had a disappointing follow-up performance finishing tied for 45th.

“I expected him to continue to play well, but he really struggled with his short game, mostly his putting,” Porten said. “He just didn’t make any sure putts. He had too many three putts and just couldn’t get the ball in the hole.”

For the Huskies to have continued success they need multiple players to step up each week like they had this week. Bauman and Emory have carried the team at different points this season, but the Huskies need more performances like they had from Schiavi and Pohlmann if they want to build momentum through the last part of the season.