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    1996-97 Season in Review

    1997 was a breakthrough year for the Northwestern men's golf team. Beginning in February, when assistant coach Pat Goss was elevated to interim head coach, the Wildcats rattled off four-straight tournament victories and finished second at the Big Ten Championships, just two shots behind host Ohio State. Four of the 10 All-Big Ten honorees in 1997 came from Northwestern: seniors Scott Rowe and Jonathan Loosemore, along with junior Matt Seppanen and sophomore Erik Ciotti. Goss was named Big Ten Coach of the Year.

    NU was the host school for last year's NCAA Championships, and did not disappoint the Wildcat faithful. The Wildcats shocked everyone by leading the tournament after both the first and second rounds, and were in second place heading into the final round. Northwestern's seventh-place finish at NCAAs was their best since taking fifth place in 1943. Following the NCAA Championships, Goss was named NCAA Division I Coach of the Year by Golfweek magazine.