Men’s golf team heads to Kentucky invite

Julie Goldberg

The Northern Michigan University men’s golf team will travel to down south to compete in a GLIAC invitational on Friday, March 25 and Saturday,
March 26.

The women’s golf team competed at the Perry Park Spring Fling in Perry Park, Ky. on Saturday, March 19 and Sunday, March 20 and shot a three-round 1,088 to finish in 25th place.re-Golf_Eliasson, Martin 4

“The women did a good job of implementing what we’ve been working on this winter,” head coach Kyle Wittenbach said.

Leading the Wildcats was freshman Baylee Dunmire, who tied for 105th place with a score of 259. Freshman Karissa Guthrie tied for 111th place with a score of 260 while freshman Lillian Torres tied for 141st with a score of 281. Freshman Alyce Krumm finished in 146th with a score of 288 to round out the Wildcats.

“They did a great job of staying positive and professional throughout the difficult conditions and circumstances this weekend,” Wittenbach said.

The women’s team will be competing next at the Ohio Dominican Invitational in Blacklick, Ohio on Sunday, April 3 and Monday, April 4.

The men’s golf team will compete at the GLIAC South Invitational this upcoming weekend in Lexington, Ky.

“The men are excited to get the tournament underway,” Wittenbach said. “They feel prepared and ready to play some good golf.”

The Wildcats will face other GLIAC conference teams: Ferris State, Grand Valley State, Saginaw Valley State, Tiffin, Ohio Dominican, Findlay, Walsh, Hillsdale, Lake Superior State, Malone and Lake Erie.

In September, the Wildcats competed in the GLIAC North Invitational with fellow GLIAC schools. Freshman Martin Eliasson finished second for the ’Cats by finishing five under par with a score of 139, two strokes behind Malone’s Jake Toyer for the individual title.

The Wildcats finished third out of 14 schools with a team score of 593 over two rounds of play. Grand Valley State won the team title with a score of 581 while Malone placed second with a score of 583.

“As a team, we’re feeling pretty good in our preparation,” sophomore Austin Elsner said. “We will go into the tournament with a positive attitude knowing that we have what it takes to win.”

“It’s a pleasure working with these student athletes,” Wittenbach said. “They work hard, are respectful and represent Northern Michigan University well. I’m a proud coach.”

Elsner is confident about this upcoming week’s tournament for the men’s team.

“We hope to have a good week there and keep the momentum going forward,” Elsner said.