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    Moment No. 3: Women's Golf Captures First B1G Title

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    The 2012-13 season was a memorable one for Northwestern. Over the next few weeks, we will celebrate the conference championships, noteworthy wins and significant milestones the Wildcats accumulated during the past year. Be sure to follow along at as we re-visit the top 20 moments.

    Moment No. 3
    Date April 28, 2013
    Location The Donald Ross Course | French Lick, Ind.
    Original Story Wildcats Capture First Big Ten Title in Program History
    Social Media @PatGossNUgolf   |  Northwestern Women's Golf
    Top 20 Countdown Northwestern's Top 20 Moments of 2012-13 Countdown

    The 2012-13 season was a historic one for the Northwestern women's golf team as the program won its first Big Ten title. The Wildcats claimed a share of the conference crown, carding a new tournament record for 54-holes of 20-over 884 to tie for first with Purdue.

    NU's title also was the first team tournament win for head coach Emily Fletcher, who was tabbed the 2013 Big Ten Coach of the Year, and assistant coach Beth Miller during their tenures with the Wildcats and first for the program since 2007.

    "These girls, they played so hard," Fletcher said after winning the Big Ten title. "It wasn't easy. It was tough out there today. We made the turn and we were kind of hanging in there and had a few hiccups but they just fought so hard coming down to the end. As we told them last night, both Pat (Goss) and I said, 'This is what we've looked forward to, to have an opportunity like this.' To have the lead after round one and round two and going into round three, and to have never done it before, it was a little bit more than how we might have thought it would have been scripted for our first Big Ten Championship but it couldn't be any sweeter, that's for sure."

    It was a complete team effort as all six Wildcats competing at the 2013 Big Ten Championships finished in the top 25 with three in the top 10. Playing in her first conference tournament, freshman Kaitlin Park (Tustin, Calif./Beckman) led the way for NU, finishing in sixth, scoring a 6-over 222 and earned a spot on the All-Championship Team. Park had a stellar first season with the Wildcats, as she was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year and received First-Team All-Big Ten accolades, along with sophomore Hana Lee, who set the new program record for single-season scoring average at 74.27.

    Senior Lauren Weaver played a big part in Northwestern's success over the last four seasons and was a key contributor in another monumental moment for the program, helping the team win the Big Ten title. Weaver leaves NU as the program's record-holder for four-year scoring average and had 11 top-10 finishes in her career, including two first-place showings.

    "Honestly this is the best I've ever felt in my college golf career, even better than when I had my individual wins," Weaver said. "This is awesome to get our first team victory and a Big Ten Championship. I'm really happy for Emily and (assistant coach) Beth (Miller) because this is the first time in their career that their team has won any tournament, let alone a Big Ten Championship, and it's just awesome for everyone and we are all really excited."

    The great memories did not end at the 2013 Big Ten Championships as the Wildcats made their 11th trip to the NCAA regional and a strong final round propelled the 'Cats to a sixth-place finish and trip to the 2013 NCAA Championships. It was just the second appearance in program history and NU finished in the top 15, placing ahead of two teams ranked in the top 10.

    NU's Hurricane Sandy Detour Leads to Hollywood Meeting

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    How did the Northwestern women's golf team get to meet famous actor Channing Tatum? Read on to find out.

    By Kalyn Kahler - Northwestern Athletic Communications

    For the Wildcat teams busy practicing in Evanston this weekend, Hurricane Sandy seemed miles away. It was a different story for the Wildcat women's golf team, who met Sandy firsthand this past Saturday.

    When the 'Cats traveled to Wilmington, N.C last Friday to compete in the Landfall Tradition tournament at the Jack Nicklaus Course at the Country Club of Landfall, they never expected to be playing directly into the torrential rain and winds of Hurricane Sandy.

    "Five days before we left the weather was 80 and sunny. Everything looked great in the forecast but the hurricane just popped out of nowhere," says assistant coach Beth Miller.

    The team played in winds of about 25 mph with gusts of 40 mph on Saturday. When the decision was made to stop play, the winds had escalated to 35 mph and gusts of 50 mph. The teams were pulled off the course as it flooded from the heavy rain of Hurricane Sandy.

    The Landfall Tradition marks the first time the women's golf team has ever played in hurricane conditions. The 'Cats persevered through the blistering wind, and "if the course could have taken more water we would have kept playing," says Miller.

    Each of the 17 teams competing in the Landfall Tradition made it out of Wilmington safely; though some chose to drive home instead of take the chance of flight cancellations.

    The 'Cats stayed calm through the hurricane weather, and Miller says it was their parents at home who were the most nervous.

    On Sunday the team ate lunch at a surf club on Wrightsville Beach so they could check out the massive 15-foot waves. Who ever said cats don't like water? The 'Cats were lucky that it was only the course that flooded in Wilmington. At the time, the threat of the hurricane wasn't severe, so many locals gathered at the beach with NU to watch the immense wall of waves caused by Sandy (see picture below).

    Sandy wasn't the only famous name the Wildcats encountered during their trip to N.C. On their flight from Wilmington to Atlanta, sophomore Hana Lee was the first to notice the man sitting alone directly behind her. That man was Channing Tatum, popular actor, well known for his role in movies such as She's The Man and Step Up.

    "Hana spotted him first and then they were all passing notes and whispering the rest of the flight," says Miller, who happened to be reading a magazine that featured Tatum.

    The team was glad that the Notre Dame team chose to take a later flight home, leaving many empty seats on the plane, allowing Tatum to sit down right behind them.

    The team spent the length of the flight brainstorming different plans to talk to Tatum, but nerves got in the way and in the end it was head coach Emily Fletcher who asked Tatum if he would take a picture with the team.

    "He was so gracious and nice. It made a long day of traveling worth it as the girls were ecstatic!" says Fletcher.

    The 'Cats experienced a memorable weekend beginning with an unlucky meeting with Hurricane Sandy and ended with fortuitous encounter with a celebrity.

    Tatum wished the 'Cats the very best of luck with the rest of their season. The 'Cats will hang on to Tatum's blessing all winter; it might be just the luck they need to complete a successful season.

    A view of Hurricane Sandy from assistant coach Beth Miller's camera.

    Pat Goss' Teacher of the Year Honor is Well-Earned

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    Last night, the Illinois PGA announced that our Director of Golf and head men's golf coach Pat Goss has been named the organization's Teacher of the Year for 2012. This is a prestigious and well-deserved honor for a man who previously was named one of Golf Magazine's Top 100 Teachers in America in 2007.


    While this award was decided well ahead of the start of the 2012-13 Northwestern men's and women's golf seasons (and the Ryder Cup held locally at Medinah last week), all three of those events provided clear-cut evidence of Goss' teaching prowess.