Women’s golf in ninth place at Marsh Landing Invitational


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

By Sean Anderson

After day one at the Marsh Landing Invitational, NIU’s women’s golf is in ninth place.

The Huskies were one of 10 schools in the field. NIU joined Jacksonville, Florida Gulf Coast and Brown along with other teams. The Huskies will play two rounds on Monday and one final round on Tuesday.

NIU was looking to improve on its seventh place finish at the Saluki Invitational last week. .

NIU coach Pam Tyska said that the team is improving each round they have played so far down there.

“Each player is getting better and better from the first practice round we have played earlier in the week up till today and we hope that tomorrow is the best to come,” Tyska said.

Freshmen Taylor Ellett posted a career-best best round of a 79 in the first round and followed it up with another 79 in round two. The pair of 79’s gives Ellett her career best 36 hole.

Ellet said it was her short game which lead to her career best round, as she recognized that she isn’t the longest hitter on the team. Ellett knows she can still erase some strokes from her card.

“My short game saved my round today,” Ellett said. “Not being a long hitter I have to rely on my short game. My chipping and putting was at its best today. There was some shots that I left out there and tomorrow I hope to erase those strokes.”

Tyska said the Huskies could do better if some of the players would have made some key putts. Tyska added if NIU’s putts fall tomorrow, all it can do is to hope to move up some spots.

“Allie Parthie, who missed some key putts, probably would have been under par if the putts would have found the back of the cup,” Tyska said. “If Allie can find the magic wand, we hope to move up and end near the top half of the tournament.”