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Then-sophomore Ben Sluzas watches his shot at the 2023 MAC Championship. Sluzas finished tied for 6th-place at the Hawkeye Invitational on Sunday as NIU mens golf finished tied for eighth-place. (Northern Star File Photo)

Sluzas-led Huskies finish Hawkeye Invitational tied for 8th

By Eddie Miller, Sports Reporter | April 15, 2024

NIU men’s golf wrapped-up the Hawkeye Invitational on Sunday tying for eighth-place out of 16 teams.  Across the tournament the Huskies shot 851 strokes, finishing one-under par. NIU’s best frame of play was the first round, finishing with a score...

Graduate student Zach Place studies his shot at the MAC Championship in May. Place tied for 25th at the Lake Las Vegas Invitational on Tuesday. (Courtesy of Taylor Strnad)

Men’s golf places 12th at Lake Las Vegas Invitational

By Eddie Miller, Sports Reporter | February 28, 2024

NIU men’s golf wrapped up the Lake Las Vegas Invitational placing 12 out of 22 teams in its first tournament of the spring. Graduate student Zach Place and sophomore Ian Bruchhauser led the Huskies, finishing tied for 25th place.  The Huskies improved...

Graduate student golfer Zach Place watches his putt during an NIU mens golf practice. Place led the Huskies in scoring average with 70.800 during the 2023 fall season.  (Courtesy NIU Athletics)

Sluzas, Place lead NIU men’s golf into spring season

By Eddie Miller, Sports Reporter | February 26, 2024

DeKALB – The 2024 spring competition season is set for NIU men’s golf with their first event starting Monday at the Lake Las Vegas Invitational. The Huskies will face two top-three nationally ranked programs in Auburn University and Vanderbilt University.  “It's...

Men’s golf adds four high-ranking golfers for the 2024-25 season

By Lucas Didier, Sports Reporter | November 9, 2023

DeKALB – NIU men’s golf is bolstering its 2024-25 roster with the signings of four accomplished high school golfers, including the top-ranked high school golfer in Illinois by the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA), Jake Mulligan of Hinsdale...

Graduate student golfer Zach Place watches his shot during practice. The NIU mens golf team finished its 2023 fall season with an 18th place finish at the Quail Valley Invitational. (Courtesy NIU Athletics)

Men’s golf finishes fall season with eighth place finish

By Eddie Miller, Sports Reporter | October 16, 2023

DeKALB – NIU men’s golf finished its last tournament of the fall – the Quail Valley Collegiate Invitational – placing tied for ninth place. Graduate student Josh Kirkham led the Huskies for the first time this season, posting an 18th place finish. The...

Graduate student Zach Place takes a shot during NIU mens golfs practice. The Huskies are looking to break through early-season struggles and repeat as MAC champions. (Courtesy of NIU Athletics)

COLUMN: Men’s golf is on the rise

By Eddie Miller, Sports Reporter | October 12, 2023

DeKALB – So far this season, NIU men’s golf has competed in four tournaments. Although the Huskies have yet to crack the top-five this season, their best showing was at the VCU Shootout, placing tied for sixth place.  Despite the slow start to...

Graduate student Zach Place watches his shot during an NIU mens golf practice day. Place received MAC Golfer of the Week after his fourth place finish at the Purdue Fall Invitational. (Courtesy of NIU Athletics)

Place earns MAC Golfer of the Week after 4th place finish

By Eddie Miller, Sports Reporter | October 12, 2023

DeKALB – After leading the charge at the Purdue Fall Invitational, graduate student Zach Place nabbed his career first MAC Golfer of the Week award. This marks NIU men’s golf’s second MAC Golfer of the Week award in a row and its third this fall.  Finishing...

Junior golfer Felix Krammer lines up his shot at the Badger Invitational. Krammer finished tied for 67th place at the Purdue Fall Invitational this weekend. (Courtesy of NIU Athletics)

Place leads men’s golf to 8th at Purdue Fall Invitational

By Alex Crowe, Assistant Sports Editor | October 11, 2023

A strong individual performance from graduate student Zach Place propelled NIU men’s golf to a top-10 finish at the Purdue Fall Invitational, which ended Tuesday.  The Huskies brought home their fourth top-10 finish of the Fall season at the Purdue...

Junior golfer Felix Krammer studies his shot at the Badger Invitational. Krammer was named MAC Co-Golfer of the Week after finishing tied for fourth place at the Badger Invitational on Tuesday. (Jessica Burda | Wisconsin Athletics)

Krammer earns MAC Co-Golfer of the Week honors

By Eddie Miller, Sports Reporter | October 5, 2023

DeKALB – NIU men’s golf keyed its second MAC Co-Golfer of the Week award of the 2023 fall season after junior Felix Krammer finished tied for fourth place at the Badger Invitational. Krammer finished the tournament shooting 211, five under par.  Krammer...

Then-sophomore Ben Sluzas watches hit shot at the MAC championship from April 30 to May 2. The Huskies won the MAC championship to advance to the NCAA Regional. (Taylor Strnad)

Krammer dazzles for men’s golf at Badger Invitational

By Eddie Miller, Sports Reporter | October 3, 2023

DeKALB – After a slow start, NIU men’s golf rallied to finish tied for ninth place behind a top-five finish from junior Felix Krammer. Krammer finished the tournament five under par and tied for fourth place individually.  The Huskies opened the...

Then-sophomore Ben Sluzas shoots down range at the NCAA Regional in Salem, South Carolina on May 16. The Huskies won the MAC title, shooting an 896 (Mike Hasse | NIU Athletics)

Ben Sluzas named MAC Co-Golfer of the Week

By Eddie Miller, Sports Reporter | September 23, 2023

DeKALB – After finishing tied for eighth place at this weekend’s VCU Shootout, junior Ben Sluzas was honored with MAC Co-Golfer of the Week.  At the tournament, Sluzas finished the three rounds shooting a 285, setting his 54-hole career best score.  Sluzas...

Graduate student Zach Place studies his shot at the MAC Championship in May. Place tied for 10th place at the VCU Shootout on Tuesday. (Courtesy of Taylor Strnad)

Sluzas, Place lead Huskies at VCU shootout

By Eddie Miller, Sports Reporter | September 20, 2023

DeKALB – NIU men’s golf finished tied for sixth place at its second tournament of the fall season at the VCU Shootout. Graduate student Zach Place and junior Ben Sluzas led the Huskies, both finishing within the top 10.  NIU opened the tournament...