March 23, 2010
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Looking to continue the momentum from its stellar start to the spring season, Northwestern returns to the tournament fold this Thursday and Friday, March 25-26, at the Barona Collegiate Cup in Lakeside, Calif.
The Wildcats won their opening event of the spring, going a perfect 4-0 at the Big Ten Match Play Championship in Heron Bay, Fla., before traveling to Puerto Rico, where NU defeated three top-20 teams en route to a fourth-place overall finish in the 15-team field. That performance was Northwestern's best-ever at the Puerto Rico Classic.
NU's third event of the spring is the 16-team Barona Collegiate Cup hosted by San Diego State at the par-72 Barona Creek Country Club. Teams will play six golfers, scoring the lowest five totals in each round. The first 36 holes get underway with a 9:30 a.m. CT shotgun start Thursday before Friday's final round, which also is a 9:30 a.m. CT shotgun start.
The 16-team field is headlined by No. 3 Oregon, No. 34 San Diego State and No. 54 Northwestern. The rest of the field is comprised of UAB, Air Force, Colorado, Hawai'i, Loyola Marymount, Nevada, New Mexico State, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara, Utah, UTEP and Wyoming.
While a total team effort catapulted Northwestern to success in Puerto Rico (four different players shot a round in the 60's during the event), the Wildcats have been getting great individual play as well. Junior David Lipsky (La Canada, Calif./La Canada) was named the Big Ten Golfer of the Week following his 4-0 performance at the Big Ten Match Play tournament, while this week marks the first collegiate golf for sophomore Eric Chun (Ansung City, South Korea/International Christian School) since he took fourth in International Final Qualifying - Asia two weeks ago to earn a spot in the 2010 British Open at St. Andrews.
The tournament also will be a homecoming of sorts for sophomore Sam Chien
(San Diego, Calif./Mt. Carmel), a San Diego native.
Live results are available at Golfstat.com.