Senior golfer earns recognition in MAC division

By Sam Bauman

After a rough fall, no one anticipated senior Bryce Emory would become a two-time MAC golfer of the week or win a tournament, but that’s exactly what he did.

Head coach Tom Porten is happy to see Emory ending his career on a high note.

“It’s really nice to see him finish his career at Northern playing the best golf of his career,” Porten said. “It’s a really nice story.”

Emory, who has played golf since he was 2 years old, has always shown the potential to be a successful golfer. It wasn’t until this semester that his game came together and allowed him to fulfill his potential by winning the Jim West Intercollegiate. Porten believes a rough fall season made Emory a more a better player.

“I think he’s matured a lot over the past six months,” Porten said. “He did not have a very good fall season and he really took it to heart and went to work all winter. I’m really proud that he persevered through that adversity. He’s come out of it well.”

Emory worked his way to his victory, but even then it didn’t come easy. He had to play three playoff holes of golf in order to win the tournament. Even with the difficulty and stress of playoff golf, Emory had fun winning his first collegiate tournament.

“It was pretty intense, but it was pretty fun, too,” Emory said. “It took a while to sink in. It wasn’t until I was on the plane that I thought about what I accomplished. I always wanted to win a college tournament.”

Now that Emory has finally won, he and Porten are optimistic about the rest of the season. Porten believes that Emory can compete these last few tournaments.

“I really like the way the last portion of the season sets up for him,” Porton said. “I think he has the chance to do some really great things going into this last stretch run because I think all of the golf courses fit his style.”

While Emory would love to win another tournament, he has larger team goals in mind for the rest of the season.

“I’d like to get the team playing well and try to win the MAC Championship,” Emory said.

Emory, Porten and the rest of the team will look for Emory’s continued success to end the season. Should Emory keep up his strong play the Huskies may just compete for the MAC Championship, and Emory may have another first-place finish.