Northwest Women’s Golf Wins Big Ten Match Play Tournament

Daily File Photo by Alison Albelda

A Northwest golfer watches his swing. Six Wildcat golfers traveled to Palm Harbor, Florida to compete in the Big Ten Match Play tournament on Monday and Tuesday, which they ultimately won.

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Northwest Women’s Golf returned to the green this week and began its spring season with the Big Ten Match Play tournament on Monday and Tuesday.

The No. 3-seeded Wildcats finally left Palm Harbor, Fla. as champions, beating top-seeded Purdue in the final round by a score of 4-2-0 on Tuesday. NU won both their quarterfinal game against Penn State and their semifinal against Ohio State on Monday before heading into a game against the Boilermakers.

The Cats’ victory over Purdue was their most decisive win of the tournament. Senior Kelly Sim, sophomores Jennifer Cai and Jieni Li and rookie Lauryn Nguyen each had victories over their opponents before all 18 holes were played.

Cai said that despite falling behind at one point in their matches on Tuesday, she and Sim were able to keep their composure and use the energy of each other and their teammates. To advance.

“At the end of the day, having our teammates look at us and bounce off each other was really helpful and really important in helping us win our game,” Cai said.

Sim, who was named to the All-Big Ten Second Team last spring, won each of her three games over the two days and was the only NU team member to do so. She beat Penn State’s Mathilde Delavallade 1-up, Ohio State’s Alexis Phadungmartvorakul 1-14 – before the round was called off due to darkness – and Purdue’s Danielle DuToit 2-1. Sim proved to be an asset to the Cats as they competed. against conference rivals.

“It’s so good to be competitive,” Sim said. “It was huge to be able to win against our competitors in the Big Ten and also in a match play format.”

This week’s games were Nguyen’s first chance to face the Big Ten slate in his college career.

Nguyen had his share of success in the fall, placing in the top 10 and top 20 in two of his four outings. In this week’s match play, the rookie picked up wins over Purdue and Ohio State, tying opponent Penn State on Monday morning.

“It was definitely a confidence boost winning this tournament, and it was well deserved,” Cai said. “It will give us a good boost to start the season.”

The Cats took fifth in the Big Ten Golf Women’s Championship last April before retiring from the NCAA Championship at Stanford Regional in May. NU returns to the course on February 13-14 for the Moon Golf Invitational in Melbourne, Florida.

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