NCAA Women's Golf Championships Central

Northwestern finished second in the NCAA Championships, the best in program history.

May 17, 2017

The Big Ten tied a conference record with five women's golf teams securing berths in the 2017 NCAA Championships after advancing from the regional round. Michigan, Ohio State and Purdue advanced from the Columbus Regional, while Michigan State and Northwestern earned berths after recording top-three finishes at the Athens Regional.

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NORTHWESTERN TOPS TEAM LEADERBOARD AFTER DAY ONE OF NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
SUGAR GROVE, Ill. - Northwestern's women's golf team fired an opening round 301, and leads the field after day one of the NCAA Championships at Rich Harvest Farms. The Big Ten also represented the top-three individual performances, with Michigan's Elodie Van Dievoet and Purdue's August Kim shooting even-par to share the individual lead, and the Wildcats' Janet Mao one stroke back in third place (+1).

Ohio State enters Saturday's second round tied for third place after shooting a team total of 311 on Friday, while Michigan and Purdue are tied for ninth place after shooting 315. Michigan State fired an opening round 317. Ohio State's Katja Pogacar shot a 2-over par 74 and is tied for fifth place, while Northwestern's Stephanie Lau and Hannah Kim are tied for ninth place individually after shooting 75 in Friday's opening round.


The Saturday round at the 2017 NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championships was cancelled due to weather. Play will resume at Rich Harvest Farms with the Sunday round, beginning at 7:30 a.m. Saturday's original tee times will move to Sunday with no changes in the pairings.


 

 


NORTHWESTERN EXTENDS LEAD AT NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
Northwestern extended its lead at the NCAA Women's Golf Championships on Sunday's second official day of competition. The Wildcats have a 36-hole team score of 599 to hold an eight-stroke advantage over Kent State heading into Monday's final round of stroke play.

Ohio State currently sits in fourth place (610), followed by 11th place Purdue (621), Michigan in 16th place (630) and Michigan State in a 17th place tie (634). Individually, the Boilermakers' August Kim enters Monday's final round in second place at 1-over par, while Northwestern's Stephanie Lau (+5; T8) and Kacie Komoto (+6; T10) are also among the current top-10.

Monday's final round of stroke play at the NCAA Championships is scheduled to begin with first tee times at 7:45 a.m ET. Golf Channel will be on the air Monday beginning at 4 p.m., with live coverage of the final round starting at 5 p.m.


WILDCATS EARN NO. 1 SEED IN MATCH PLAY; OHIO STATE ALSO ADVANCES
The Northwestern women's golf team earned the No. 1 match play seed at the 2017 NCAA Championships. The Wildcats built an eighth-stroke gap over second-place Stanford on Monday, and finished 22 strokes above the cut line for entry into match play. Ohio State also advanced to the match play portion of the event, and will be the No. 4 seed.

Northwestern will face No. 8 Kent State on Tuesday. The Buckeyes will take on fifth-seeded USC. Both matches will tee off at 8:50 a.m. ET.

Purdue wrapped up stroke play in 11th place, followed by Michigan in a 16th place tie and Michigan State in 19th place. Individually, Michigan's Elodie Van Dievoet and Purdue's August Kim finished in a fourth-place tie after shooting 219 (+3) over the 54 holes.


NORTHWESTERN ADVANCES TO MATCH PLAY SEMIFINALS
Top-seeded Northwestern eliminated eighth-seeded Kent State, 3-2-0, the quarterfinals of match play at the NCAA Championships on Tuesday. The Wildcats will take on fifth-seeded USC in the semifinals beginning at 3:20 p.m. ET. The Trojans defeated fourth-seeded Ohio State, 3-1-1.

Northwestern's Sarah Cho, Hannah Kim and Kacie Komoto all picked up wins against the Golden Flashes, including a 2-up win on the 18th hole by Komoto that served as the clinching individual match.

Ohio State's fourth-place finish in stroke play was the highest in school history, and the Buckeyes secured their seventh top-10 finish at the NCAA Championships, all under head coach Therese Hession.


WILDCATS' SEMIFINAL MATCH CUT SHORT DUE TO WEATHER/DARKNESS
Northwestern and USC were unable to complete their semifinal match in the NCAA Women's Golf Championships on Tuesday night. Due to a weather delay and ensuing darkness, the match will resume on Wednesday. The Trojans currently lead 4-1-0, but Northwestern's Sarah Cho is 1-up through 15 holes, and three other players trail by just a one-hole margin on the back nine.


NORTHWESTERN ADVANCES TO MATCH PLAY FINALS
Northwestern's women's golf team pulled off a come-from-behind win in the semifinals of NCAA Championships Match Play over Southern California, the sixth-ranked team in the nation.

The top-seeded Wildcats advance to the final round against Arizona State at Rich Harvest Farms, which will begin at 3:10 p.m. ET. The final round will determine the national champion of NCAA Division I women's golf.

Sarah Cho and Hannah Kim picked up 2 & 1 victories, while Janet Mao outlasted her opponent in the first extra hole.


WILDCATS' RUN IN NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS ENDS IN MATCH PLAY FINALS
Northwestern's run in the NCAA Women's Golf Championships ended in the finals of match play at Rich Harvest Farms on Wednesday. The Wildcats came up short versus top-ranked Arizona State, 3-1-1.

The Wildcats' Kacie Komoto posted a 3 & 1 win, and Hannah Kim was all square in her match when the team competition ended. But the Sun Devils posted three wins to secure the win.

The second-place finish is the best in program history for Northwestern. The Wildcats have earned the best finish in program history for five straight seasons: earning 15th-place results in 2013 and 2014, a 10th-place finish in 2015 and then a ninth-place standing last spring.

Next season, the Wildcats will return four of the five members of the Championships lineup and eight of 10 members of the team overall.