Men’s golf team competes in Ohio

Trevor Drew

Their final opportunity to secure a spot in the NCAA Super Regionals, the men’s golf team traveled to the Virtues Golf Club in Nashport, Ohio to compete in the GLIAC Men’s Golf Championship April 15-17.

The Wildcats ended the three-round competition in sixth place with the final score of 915 (314-293-308.) This performance was the ’Cats’ best since the 1998-99 season when they took third with a score of 917. Since that third-place finish, Northern Michigan has not finished higher than eighth (in 2013-14 and 2001-02) at the GLIAC Championship.

“It feels special to be part of that. Just three freshmen coming in and having such a young team and doing what hasn’t been done in such a long time,” freshman Logan Haight said. “It just shows a bright future.”

In the first round freshman Owen Beyer and sophomore Austin Elsner both breached the top 20 with Beyer in a seven-way tie for 11th after shooting a 75 and Elsner tying for 18th after
shooting a 76. The Wildcats posted a total score of 314 in the first round, putting them in 11th at the end of the first day of competition.

It all came together for the ’Cats in the second round with the team hitting their stride and bouncing from 11th place all the way to fourth position. Unlike other teams, the Wildcats were more in control of their emotions, which aided their second-day performance, head coach Kyle Wittenbach said.

“They were very resilient in their attitude and on the second day it showed when they pulled off the tournament,” Wittenbach added.

All the NMU golfers managed to shoot under an 80, which put their second round score at a total of 293, the lowest score of all the teams in the round.

Freshman Martin Eliasson and Elsner paced the Wildcats with Eliasson taking in 70 points and Elsner with 72. With his score, Elsner hoisted himself up the scoreboard to a third-place tie with the total score of 148. Beyer is also entered the top 15, sitting in a tie for 15th with a score of 151 (75-76).

Northern Michigan men’s golf team walked from the GLIAC’s in sixth place with the final combined score 915, the lowest score the team has had in the GLIAC’s since the 1998-99 season.

In the third round, the Wildcats were paced by Beyer, who tied for 15th with a score of 227 (75-76-76). He was joined in the top 25 by junior Emil Lundgren, who shot a 229 (82-75-72) to tie for 21st.

The Wildcats will have the  weekend off to rest as they set their sights for having a strong showing at the Super Regionals held at The Meadows in Allendale, Michigan May 2-4.

“We are going to be nervous but we are going to be ready we will be prepared, confident, and hopefully we can surprise everyone and maybe make it to Nationals,” Beyer said.