Sameulian raises eyebrows with fourth-place showing

According to the old adage, there is a silver lining behind every dark cloud, and Jason Sameulian is the NIU men’s golf team’s silver lining.

The Huskie sophomore raised several eyebrows by tying for fourth individually in one of the Midwest’s best collegiate fields competing in Friday and Saturday’s 23rd Annual Marshall University Invitational.

Sameulian toured the 6,389-yard, par-71 Guyan Country Club course with consistently impressive rounds of 72, 73 and 72 for a 217 identical to the final 54-hole tally by Ohio State’s Curt Sanders.

The duo was only four strikes behind the meet’s top golfers. Kent State University’s Eric Frischette won medalist honors via a playoff over OSU’s Steve Runge, who also carded a 214 total.

“Jason’s been a solid golfer all along and he’s been improving with each additional round. He got All-Mid-Continent Conference honors in the fall in leading us to our third team title and the way he’s playing this spring, another good tournament could help qualify him for regionals individually,” NIU coach Jack Pheanis noted.

Niclas Jinglov carded a respectable 234 with three identical rounds of 78; the remaining Huskies struggled in a fashion Pheanis has never seen. Mark Voeller and Ted Meyer completed the 54 holes with 241 composites while Derek Schoonhoven finished at 249.

Ohio State won its 13th Marshall crown with an 869 total. NIU checked in 18th out of the 18 teams with a 929 total.