Bauman takes second place

By Sean Anderson

NIU men’s golf finished in seventh place at the John Dallio Memorial in Lemont, Ill.

But the highlight of the tournament was senior Griffin Bauman finishing second in individual play.

At the end of round one, the Huskies sat in sixth place with a total score of 317. Bauman carded the best opening round for the Huskies, shooting a 75 in Saturday’s morning round.

It wasn’t a great morning to golf for the Huskies due to the weather, but Bauman’s play helped the Huskies stay competitive.

“It was a cold Saturday in Lemont,” said coach Tom Porten. “There was a frost delay to start the morning. We had an hour and a half delay, it was cold and windy. We struggled to get going in the morning, everyone struggled but Griffin. He carried us the first day; he kept us on life support for the tournament.”

Junior Shawn Foley shot a 78 in Saturday’s morning round. Foley had four birdies and 11 pars in his second round with a triple bogey on the 10th hole.

“I didn’t get off to a good start,” Foley said. “I had five bogeys in the first six holes, but I battled back to shoot a 78.”

Bauman responded Sunday with rounds of 73 and 74 to finish with an overall total score of 222 (+6). Foley’s two rounds consisted of a 71 followed by a 76. Foley’s three round total was 225.

Marquette would finish with a total score of 905, good enough to win first place. Kyle Henning of Valparaiso shot a three round total score of 221 to win overall individual play, one shot over Bauman.

Fellow Huskie Foley finished tied for fifth. Bauman’s and Foley’s finishes were both career bests.

Even with a second place finish Bauman said he was disappointed with part of his game.

“I played really solid this weekend,” Bauman said. “I didn’t really chip and putt well this weekend. My putting stats weren’t as good as I want them to be. I hit the ball really solid off the tee and with my irons. It was disappointing because we have been working a lot on our chipping and putting. It definitely means that I am improving. I had a really good start to the fall so far. I am happy with the way I finish.”