ROSEMONT, Ill. - The Northwestern men's golf team won the Big Ten Match Play Championship at Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast, Fla. The Wildcats defeated Penn State, 3.5-2.5, in Saturday's championship match. The two-day event featured 11 Big Ten teams in a single-elimination format.
Northwestern advanced to the final with wins over No. 11 Rutgers in the quarterfinal round and a victory vs. No. 7 Minnesota in this morning's semifinals. Freshman Everton Hawkins made his mark over the two-day event, going 3-0 in his individual matches to lead the Wildcats to a team victory.
The Nittany Lions finished second in the Big Ten Match Play Championship, followed by Minnesota who defeated Iowa in the third-place match. Purdue closed out the event with a fifth-place finish after defeating Rutgers, while Michigan earned a victory over Michigan State to finish seventh. Ohio State, Indiana and Nebraska competed in a three-team round robin after being eliminated from the bracket on Friday morning.
BTN will broadcast the 2017 Big Ten Match Play Championship on Sat., Feb. 25 at 11:30 a.m. ET.