Golfers end year on 6th-place note

From start to finish, it’s been a most memorable season for the NIU women’s golf team.

The 1991-92 campaign came to a close Sunday as the Huskies slipped back two spots to finish sixth in the 17-school Purdue Lady Boilermaker Spring Invitational. While that wasn’t what coach Pam Tyska was really hoping to see, it’s not enough to dull a tremendous year. During the autumn, NIU captured three tournament championships and Nicole Jeray won numerous individual honors.

“Considering the fall was so great, it is hard to leave with this taste of frustration,” Tyska said. “Hopefully, it’ll make us that much more anxious for next year to duplicate the fall and keep it going throughout the spring.”

While rain reduced Saturday’s opening round to 18 holes from the originally-scheduled 36, the Huskies found themselves firmly holding onto third place (322)—only three strokes behind the University of Wisconsin (319).

NIU slipped from its opening 322 to a 332 in order to finish sixth at 654—four strokes behind the University of Michigan (650) and two strokes ahead of seventh-place finisher Southern Illinois University (656).

NIU was led by Kim Hodge, who had totally identical rounds of 80 shooting 42 on each front nine and 38 on both back nine visits on the 5,900-yard Purdue South Golf Course.