March 26, 2014
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern travels to Palo Alto, Calif., this Friday through Sunday, March 28-30, to compete in The Goodwin hosted by Stanford at the Stanford Golf Course.
The Goodwin, formerly the US Intercollegiate, was renamed this year in honor of former Stanford and Northwestern head coach Wally Goodwin. Teams will play 18 holes on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the 54-hole tournament. The Wildcats will join the Cardinal and 16 other programs in the field at this year's staging of the newly named event.
After Northwestern's program went through a period of club status in the late 1970s, Goodwin was hired in 1981 to help kick start the program's rebirth as a varsity sport at NU. He recruited eventual All-American Jim Benepe who would go on to earn the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year award.
After Goodwin left for Stanford in the fall of 1987, he continued to make an impact on Northwestern golf: It was Goodwin who directed an English recruit named Luke Donald to contact now 18th-year NU head coach Pat Goss, leading to a relationship that spanned three Big Ten team titles, an NCAA individual championship and an eventual climb to the World No. 1 ranking.
The 18-team field at this year's Goodwin is comprised of No. 7 Stanford, No. 14 UAB, No. 18 UCLA, No. 19 Washington, No. 22 UNLV, No. 28 Southern California, No. 33 San Diego State, No. 43 TCU, No. 44 Northwestern, No. 45 Oregon, No. 68 UC Davis, No. 85 San Francisco, No. 87 Washington State, No. 92 Saint Mary's (Calif.), No. 105 Colorado State, No. 120 Loyola Marymount, No. 124 San Jose State and No. 165 Fresno State. All rankings are from the current Golfstat.com
Live results will be available via Golfstat.com.
Northwestern is returning to action after spending Spring Break playing courses in California such as Spyglass and Cypress Point. NU has been off from competition since going 2-1 at the Big Ten Match Play Championship and competing in the Puerto Rico Classic in February.
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