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Career: 1999 NCAA individual champion ... Four-time All-American, three-time first team choice ... Two-time Big Ten individual champion (2000, 2001) ... Three-time Big Ten Player of the Year (1999, 2000, 2001) ... Four-time All-Big Ten ... Three-time Les Bolstad Award winner for lowest Big Ten stroke average ... NU's career stroke average leader (70.94) ... Owns the top three single-season stroke averages in NU history (70.45 in 1998-99, 70.48 in 1999-2000 and 70.76 in 2000-01) ... Never finished outside the top-20 in any tournament ... Won 13 tournaments, including four-straight in the spring of 2001 ... Led the nation with five tournament wins in 1998-99 ... Fred Haskins Award winner as top collegiate golfer (1998-99) ... Jack Nicklaus Award winner as collegiate player of the year (1998-99) ... Broke Tiger Woods' Golfstat Cup record for lowest stroke average (70.45 in 1998-99) ... Was ranked No. 1 in the nation on multiple occasions during his career.
2000-01: Northwestern's Big Ten Medal of Honor recipient ... One of 10 nominees for the AAU's prestigious Sullivan Award (amateur athlete of the year) ... Won second-straight Big Ten individual title, also leading NU to its third-straight team title ... All-America first team ... Big Ten Player of the Year ... Les Bolstad Award winner for lowest Big Ten stroke average (70.76) ... Won four-straight spring tournaments (the U.S. Collegiate, the Kepler Intercollegiate, the Fossum Intercollegiate and the Big Ten Championships) ... Broke NU record for lowest 54-hole total with a 202 at the U.S. Collegiate ... Ranked third in the nation by Golfweek.com ... Two-time Golf World National Golfer of the Week (4/14, 5/7) ... Rolex National Golfer of the Month (April) ... Big Ten Golf of the Week three times (4/11, 4/17 and 5/1) ... Played in all four fall events, finishing second on team with a 71.45 stroke average ... Best finish was fourth at Windon Memorial ... Low round was a 68 at The Ridges Intercollegiate ... Finished 11th at The Ridges, eighth at the Ping Preview and fifth at the The Prestige.
1999-2000: Finished season the No.1 ranked golfer in the nation ... Played in four professional tournaments during the summer, (as an amateur) winning the Chicago Open by six shots ... Made the cut at the Memorial finishing in the top 50 ... Missed the cut at the British Open and Western Open ... Made it to the semifinals of the U.S Amateur defeating Sean Knapp, Andy Miller, David Patrick and Bryce Molder ... Won the Northeast Amateur at Wannamoisett CC in Rhode Island ... Finished seventh at 2000 NCAA Championship ... Tied for third at NCAA Central Regional with all three rounds under par ... Defeated teammate Jess Daley by one stroke to win 2000 Big Ten Championship ... Named Big Ten Golfer of the Year for the second year in a row ... Won the Big Ten's Les Bolstad (lowest season stroke average) for the second consecutive year ... Led team with 71.00 career stroke average ... Finished first in two of four events in 1999 fall season ... Won the Ping/Golfweek Preview by one stroke over teammate Jess Daley ... Took home title in Windon Memorial with a four-shot margin ... Finished first at San Juan Shoot-out in Puerto Rico winning by three strokes ... Finished season with four individuals wins, finished second twice, third twice, fifth once, sixth once and seventh once ... Has never finished out of top 20 in collegiate career.
National: 1999 NCAA Champion ... Won the Fred Haskins Award for top collegiate golfer ... Won Jack Nicklaus Award as collegiate men's golf's player of the year ... Broke Tiger Woods' Golfstat Cup record for lowest stroke average (70.45) ... Selected first-team All-American by Golf Coaches Association of America ... Won five of 13 tournaments in 1998-99, most in the NCAA ... Ranked No. 1 nationally following NCAA tournament by Golfweek.
International: Competed in 1999 British Open ... Won sectional qualifying event to compete in British Open ... Led 1999 GB&I Walker Cup team to a 15-9 victory, going 4-0 in match play ... Played for Great Britain/Ireland squad for the 1999 Palmer Cup, going 3-1 in match play ... Finished third at 1998 World Amateur Team Championships, posting a four-round score of six-under-par 280.
Big Ten: 1999 Big Ten Player of the Year ... Winner of 1999 Les Bolstad Award for lowest Big Ten stroke average ... Set Big Ten record with a stroke average of 70.1.
Team: Led NU to the Big Ten team championship, the school's first since 1948 ... led NU to a third-place finish at NCAAs, the school's best finish since 1942 ... Led NU to three other victories, including six second-place finishes.
1997-98: Set a Wildcat single-season stroke average record ... Golf Coaches Association of America All-Freshman Team and third-team All-American ... 17 of his 37 rounds as a freshman were at or below par ... Posted a season-best 67 in the final round of the Big Ten Championships ... Notched five top-10 finishes ... Took fourth place at the Big Ten Championships and NCAA Regional ... Qualified for a playoff for the final individual spot after two rounds of the NCAA Championships ... Shot 2-under par 142 for two rounds at the NCAA Championships ... Played in 1997 Palmer Cup, posting a 3-1 record at St. Andrews.
High School: Member of England's boys' youth and senior international teams ...Was a part of two victorious senior home international teams and one European boys team.
Personal: Born Luke Campbell Donald on 12/7/77 ... Son of Colin and Ann Donald ... Posted a second-place finish at the 1991 European Men's Amateur Championships with a seven-under-par 281 ... The European Championships was his fourth-straight top-10 finish of that summer ... Art theory and practice major.