NCAA Women's Golf Championships Central
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.
NORTHWESTERN TOPS TEAM LEADERBOARD AFTER DAY ONE OF NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
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
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
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
WILDCATS' SEMIFINAL MATCH CUT SHORT DUE TO WEATHER/DARKNESS
NORTHWESTERN ADVANCES TO MATCH PLAY FINALS
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
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.