Incoming NU freshman will be third active 'Cat in last eight years to play a Major
General: Leader of 2005-06 team ... 2006 Ben Hogan Award (top Division I golfer) Watch List ... Returning for a fifth year ... Coming off an outstanding summer that saw him reach the finals of the U.S. Amateur Championship ... As a result of his runner-up finish, he earned a berth in the 2006 Masters and U.S. Open events ... Fell to Italy's Edoardo Molinari, 4 and 3, in the championship match ... Earned his berth in the final with some scintillating shots on the 17th and 18th holes to record a 1-up victory over J.C. Deacon (his play on those two holes received recognition on ESPN SportsCenter's Top 10 "Plays of the Day") ... His work ethic and desire to be a great player are second to none, according to head coach Pat Goss ... His strength is his ability to compete and get the most out of his rounds ... A contender for postseason honors ... Great role model for team's younger players ... Begins the spring with a national ranking of No. 77 (Golfweek/Sagarin index).
2005-06: Second-team All-Big Ten selection ... Played in both the 2006 Masters and U.S. Open thanks to his second-place finish in the 2005 U.S. Amateur ...Finished the year third on the 'Cats with a 74.05 stroke average ... 34 of his 37 rounds throughout the season counted toward the Wildcats' team score ... High finish of the year was fourth at both the William Tucker Invitational and the CordeValle Collegiate ... Led the 'Cats in both events with a 4-under total of 212 at the William Tucker Invitational and a 3-under-213 total at the CordeValle Collegiate ... Member of 2006 Ben Hogan Award (Top Division I golfer) Watch List ... Recorded five top-20 finishes, including a T-13 finish at the Big Ten Championships ... Shot the 'Cats' lowest round at the NCAA National Championships, shooting a one-under par 71 in the first round ... Competed for the United States in the Fuji Xerox USA vs. Japan Collegiate Golf Championship ... Fired 11 rounds of par or better during his senior campaign, including two 68's.
2004-05: Captured his first collegiate tournament crown by winning the Alister MacKenzie Invitational title with a 6-under 207 ... Shared medalist honors with Purdue's Bobby Bennett ... Fired a third-round-best 67 to claim a share of the title ... Posted another top-10 finish one week later at the Windon Memorial Classic (sixth place) ... Shot par or better in eight out of 31 rounds ... Northwestern's second or best finisher in five out of 11 tournaments ... Placed 14th in the inaugural Big Ten/Pac-10 Challenge.
2003-04: A strong spring season nearly vaulted him to the top of NU's stroke average list ... Finished second on the team (73.97) behind Tom Johnson (73.92) ... Placed 13th or better in four of last five tournaments, which included a 10th-place showing at the Big Ten Championships ... Played in all 11 tournaments ... Best spring finish came at the Furman Invitational where he shot a 5-over 221, good enough for eighth place ... Registered his first career top-five finish with a fourth-place effort in the fall's first tournament, the Inverness Intercollegiate Invitational ... Finished 11th at The Prestige at PGA West ... Posted nine rounds (out of 33) at par or under par ... Finished the fall with two straight rounds under par at The Prestige, his only such scores of the season ... Placed 11th at the Kepler Intercollegiate and 13th at the Fossum/TaylorMade Invitational.
2002-03: Played in five of 12 tournaments ... Best finish of young career came at the Rice Intercollegiate where he finished 31st ... Turned in a career-best 69 (2-under-par) at the MacKenzie tourney ... Placed 43rd at Cal's Alister MacKenzie Invitational and 51st at NU's Windon Memorial Classic.
2001-02: Did not see any tournament action ... Redshirted.
High School: Finished sixth at California State Junior tournament in 1998 ... Qualified for U.S. Junior Amateur in 1998 and '99, medalling in '98 with a 143 at Stanford Golf Course ... Lost in second round of match play at U.S. Junior in '99 ... Finished top-5 at AJGA-Sacramento and AJGA-ClubCorp in 2000 ... Three-time All-Delta League and All-Metro (1998, 1999, 2000) ... Only 14-year-old to qualify for Independent Insurance Agents Junior Classic in 1997 ... Also played shooting guard for Woodland's basketball team ... National Honor Society member.
Personal: Born Dillon Adams Dougherty on 12/17/82 ... Son of Dan and Jamie Dougherty ... Caddied Stanford matches for Tiger Woods as a teenager ... His grandfather, Bill Dougherty, was a long-time amateur competitor in California ... Has younger twin brothers, Ian and Graham ... History major.