Wildcats go low at home to clinch Northern Duel trophy

MARQUETTE – Northern Michigan University used a big victory at home over Lake Superior State on Sunday to pull out the victory in a rather unique home-and-home men’s golf tournament held over the weekend.

In the end, the Wildcats won 10-6 in the LSSU/NMU Northern Duel that finished at the Marquette Golf Club’s Greywalls course.

“The boys once again showed their resiliency on our home course,” Northern head coach Kyle Wittenbach said at the end. “They played fantastic today.”

The Wildcats trailed the Lakers, 4 1/2-3 1/2, after Saturday’s play at Lake State’s Wild Bluff Golf Course just west of Sault Ste. Marie in Brimley, but won Sunday’s match 6 1/2-1 1/2 back home.

On Sunday, NMU’s Austin Elsner put on a strong showing against LSSU’s Zac Carson, winning the match and a point for Northern Michigan with five holes left, while Alex Palmer secured the win late in the day by making a five-foot putt for par on the 18th hole.

The teams play eight individual matches each day.

The Wildcats, who are currently ranked No. 1 in the Midwest by Golfstat, return to action early next week at the Kohler Collegiate Classic at Whistling Straits Golf Course in Kohler, Wisconsin, the site of several major tournaments, including this year’s PGA Championship.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net


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