Sep 4, 2013
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Six Wildcats -- three men and three women -- have been named to the Big Ten's 2013-14 Golfers to Watch List, announced today by the B1G conference office.
Senior Jack Perry (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara), sophomore Andrew Whalen (Ephrata, Wash./Ephrata Senior) and freshman Matt Fitzpatrick (Sheffield, England/Tapton) were included on the men's side while junior Hana Lee (Hacienda Heights, Calif./Wilson) and sophomores Kaitlin Park (Tustin, Calif./Beckman) and Suchaya Tangkamolprasert (Bangkok, Thailand/Bromsgrove International School) earned mention on the women's list.
The NU women combined to help lead the Wildcats to their first-ever Big Ten championship a year ago before finishing a program-best 15th at the NCAA Championships.
Lee was an All-Big Ten first-team honoree in 2012-13 after leading the Wildcats with an NU single-season record 74.27 stroke average. She compiled five top-10 finishes and 10 rounds at par or better during the year.
Park is the reigning Big Ten Freshman of the Year and also won an All-Big Ten first-team accolade last season after finishing second on the squad with a 75.06 stroke average that helped her to four top-10 individual finishes, including a team-best sixth-place effort at the Big Ten Championships that helped NU to the team title.
Tangkamolprasert finished her freshman season strong last year, leading Northwestern in three of its final four tournaments including at the NCAA East Regional and the NCAA Championships. The Bangkok native won the Singha Chiangmai Open in Thailand over the summer as one of just five amateurs in the field.
Perry headlines the Northwestern men's roster this year after earning an All-America nod and the Big Ten's Les Bolstad Award in 2012-13. His 71.88 stroke average ranked eighth in school history, helping him to nine top-20 and five top-10 finishes in 11 stroke play events. Over the summer, Perry advanced out of U.S. Open local qualifying and won the Rancho Santa Fe U.S. Amateur qualifier before finishing T88 in the field at The Country Club.
Whalen's freshman season got off to a hot start in 2012-13 when opened his collegiate career with a 2-under 69 at the Inverness Intercollegiate before eventually finishing one stroke off the pace in third place. It was the first of three top-20 finishes on the year for the promising player.
Fitzpatrick had one of the best amateur seasons in recent memory in preparation for his Northwestern debut. He first won the Silver Medal as the low amateur at The Open Championship before taking second at the English Men's Amateur Championship. Fitzpatrick then capped the year with a dominating run to the championship at the U.S. Amateur that vaulted him to the No. 1 spot in the World Amateur Golf Ranking.
Previously, both Perry and Fitzpatrick were named to Golf World's Top 50 Players to Watch List for the upcoming season.
These Wildcats all will be on display at home events in the fall. The Northwestern men host the Windon Memorial Classic Sept. 22-23 at Knollwood Country Club in Lake Forest, Ill., while the women host the Windy City Collegiate Classic Sept. 30-Oct. 1 at Northmoor Country Club in Highland Park, Ill.
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