Northwestern's Chien Earns First Weekly Men's Golf Award of 2012

Northwestern's Sam Chien has been named Big Ten Men's Golfer of the Week.

Feb. 15, 2012

Golfer of the Week
Sam Chien, Northwestern
Sr. – San Diego, Calif. – Mt. Carmel 

  • Went undefeated in four matches to lead seventh-seeded Northwestern to its third consecutive Big Ten Match Play Championship title
  • Defeated  Penn State’s Ernesto Marin, 1-up, in the opening round to give Northwestern a tiebreaker win over the No. 10 seed Nittany Lions
  • Posted a 3 & 1 win over Iowa’s Chris Brant to help the Wildcats to a 4-2-0 victory over the No. 3 seed Hawkeyes in the quarterfinals
  • Earned a 3 & 2 win over Ohio State’s Boo Timko in Northwestern’s 5-1-0 semifinal win against the No. 6 seed Buckeyes
  • Finished the tournament with a 2-up win over Minnesota’s Jon Trasamar to push Northwestern to the title with a 4-1-1 triumph against the No. 8 seed Gophers
  • Collects his first Big Ten weekly award
  • Last Northwestern Golfer of the Week: Eric Chun (Feb. 16, 2011)

2011-12 Big Ten Men’s Golfers of the Week
Sept. 7: Tyler Duncan, Sr., PUR
Sept. 14: Alex Redfield, Sr., OSU
Sept. 21: Mason Jacobs, Jr., ILL
Sept. 28: Robert Bell, Jr., MINN; Anthony Aicher, Jr., WIS
Oct. 5: Luke Guthrie, Sr., ILL
Oct. 12: Thomas Pieters, So., ILL; Chase Wright, Sr., IND
Oct. 19: Matt Thompson, Sr., MICH
Oct. 26: Steven Ihm, So., IOWA
Nov. 3: Matt Thompson, Sr., MICH
Feb. 15: Sam Chien, Sr., NU