April 15, 2014
NAPA, Calif. -- Northwestern wrapped up the 2013-14 regular season on a high note Tuesday, placing third at the competitive Silverado Showdown in Napa, Calif. The Wildcats had the second-lowest round of the day out of the 15-team field to move up a spot in the standings and finish third at 12-over 876 (291-294-291).
No. 20 Northwestern finished just two strokes behind top-ranked USC, who finished second in the team race (+10, 874), while No. 11 Washington took the team title, finishing at 3-under 861. NU finished seven strokes in front of fourth-place Oregon State and was 10 strokes ahead of ninth-ranked Arizona who finished sixth while No. 35 Oregon was fifth.
All five Northwestern starters placed in the top 30 with three in the top 20. Sophomore Kaitlin Park led NU, tying for 13th after carding a 2-over 74 on Tuesday to finish 3-over for the tournament (72-73-74=219). Fellow sophomore Elizabeth Szokol made a sizeable jump in the standings as she entered Tuesday’s final round tied for 27th and used an even 72 on Tuesday to move into the top 20 and tie for 16th at 5-over 221 (74-75-72). Szokol began the day with a bogey on the 6th hole but rebounded nicely with nine pars and two birdies before an additional bogey on 18. She added another birdie to counter a third bogey and three more pars to wrap up the round.
Freshman Kacie Komoto stayed consistent throughout the tournament, with three rounds of 74’s to tie for 19th at 6-over 222. Junior Hana Lee tied for 25th at 7-over while sophomore Suchaya Tangkamolprasert also made a large move in the standings at the end of the tournament. She entered the day tied for 45th and matched the low individual round of the tournament for the Wildcats, carding a 1-under 71 on Tuesday to finish at 8-over and tie for 29th. Her scorecard on Tuesday featured three birdies that countered two bogeys and also included 13 pars. She began the day on the seventh hole and was 1-over through the 10th hole but then recorded 12 pars and two birdies the rest of the way.
NU’s third-place finish was the team’s seventh top-five showing out of nine tournaments and marked a strong finish to the regular season as the Wildcats now turn their attention to the 2014 Big Ten Championships. Additionally, it was the fourth placement inside the top three this year as the Wildcats won the Hurricane Invitational, placed first during stroke play at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic and finished third at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic to start the spring campaign.
The 2014 Big Ten Championships take place April 25-27 in French Lick, Ind., and the Wildcats will look to defend their conference crown after winning their first Big Ten title in program history during the 2013 tournament.
Northwestern – 3rd/15 • 291-294-291=876 (+12)
T13 – Kaitlin Park – 72-73-74=219 (+3)
T16 – Elizabeth Szokol – 74-75-72=221 (+5)
T19 – Kacie Komoto – 74-74-74=222 (+6)
T25 – Hana Lee – 71-74-78=223 (+7)
T29 – Suchaya Tangkamolprasert – 80-73-71=224 (+8)
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