Eastern Michigan-bound Marquardt makes her mark
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Stevenson's Nikki Marquardt, here competing last season at Lake Bluff Golf Club, has earned a future in golf at Eastern Michigan.
Paul Valade | Staff Photographer
Nikki Marquardt committed to her golf shots Monday.
The Stevenson senior then committed ... to Eastern Michigan University.
Quite a day.
"Yeah, it's a steak dinner tonight," Marquardt said with a laugh.
A few hours after firing a 2-under-par 33 to earn medalist honors in Stevenson's season-opening loss to Highland Park at Crane's Landing in Lincolnshire, Marquardt called EMU women's golf coach Sandy Wagner and verbally committed to the Division-I Eagles. Eastern Michigan tied its best-ever finish by placing second in the Mid-American Conference championship last spring.
"I picked Eastern because I love the coach," said Marquardt, who also considered Iowa. "I think it's a place where I can take my game to the next level and (prepare me) to play professionally after college."
A varsity golfer since her freshman year, the 5-foot-11 Marquardt had a tremendous summer, winning three tournaments, including a Mid-American Junior Golf Tour tournament in Champaign this month. She carded a pair of birdies Monday, finishing one stroke off two-time state champ Stephanie Miller's school record for nine holes.
"(The record) comes into your head, and I knew I could do that," Marquardt said. "I just didn't drop a few putts coming in. I played really good golf, hitting fairways and greens. I made a few putts, but I still could have made a few more to break the record. So I'll be chasing that this season."
"Nikki played really well from green to tee," said Stevenson coach Brent Mork, whose Patriots shot a 181.
Highland Park (167) was led by Liza Kraff (36) and Kelli Ono (38).
Surya Vijaysankar (46) and Alexia Fidman (49) also broke 50 for Stevenson.
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