Women’s golf begins season in third place


Senior golfer Allie Parthie watches finishes her swing and watches her shot at a tournament at home last season.

By Sean Anderson

NIU women’s golf sits in third place after day one at Green Bay, Wis., when the it opened its season in the Green Bay Fall Invitational at the Green Bay Country Club.

This is the first time in 26 years that the Huskies will not have Pam Tyska on the sideline. Kim Kester will be the new coach. Kester is an alumna of Toledo.

The Huskies are one of 11 teams competing in Green Bay. Other teams include Chicago State, Southern Illinois of Edwardsville, Indianapolis and Butler to name a few.

Indianapolis sits in first place at the end of day one, followed by Butler as the Huskies are only four shots behind the second place Bulldogs.

Kester said the Huskies did play very well as they bare the weather and extremely happy to be towards the top of the leader board but still believes that they can work on their putting.

“They played well on a difficult course especially with the wind conditions picking up towards the end of our rounds,” Kester said. “I am very happy where we are sitting right now but obviously there are a lot of shots out there that we gave to the course. Putting is the biggest thing we need to work on, we gave away eight shots in the last couple holes.”

Senior Allie Parthie, who shot an opening round of 73, to lead the Huskies, thought she played well but could have been better.

“I believe I played well overall,” Parthie said. “I was two under going into the last hole but ended up double bogeying it to finish up even for the day. It left a bad taste in my mouth and I hope to use that as some energy to go out there and shoot well tomorrow. Overall, I thought it was a good round.”

The Huskies have high expectations for tomorrow and look to improve on their performance.

“I believe we will do a lot better than tomorrow than today,” Kester said. “They were nervous heading into today because of having a new coach which is to be expected. They handled the nerves pretty well with just a couple minor mistakes out there which we got fixed on the range afterwards.”