April 27, 2014
FRENCH LICK, Ind. -- Northwestern junior Hana Lee had one of the best individual rounds of the tournament Sunday during the final day of the 2014 Big Ten Championships to solidify herself in the top three of the individual standings. The Hacienda Heights, Calif., native was inside the top five all weekend and recorded a 2-under 70 Sunday, which was the second-lowest individual round of the tournament, to earn third-place medalist honors for her best career finish at Big Ten’s.
Lee (220, +4) was just a stroke behind second-place Zoe-Beth Brake of Ohio State (219, +3) and four behind medalist Jessica Porvasnik of Ohio State (216, E). By finishing in the top six, Lee earned a spot on the Big Ten All-Championships team.
Her third-place finish helped lead the Wildcats to a top-three showing in the team standings, NU’s third in the last four years under head coach Emily Fletcher. Lee also is the third Wildcat to finish inside the top three in the last four years as Lauren Weaver and Alex Lederhausen placed second and third, respectively, at the 2011 Big Ten Championships.
NU had its best round of the tournament on Sunday, recording a 9-over 297 on the Pete Dye Course in French Lick, Ind. Northwestern entered Sunday in third and was paired with tournament leaders Michigan State and Ohio State. The Wildcats were unable to overtake the Spartans and Buckeyes as they tied for first at 31-over 895. NU was 10 strokes out of first place at 41-over 905.
"I'm really proud of the team for fighting hard today," Fletcher said. "At one point we pulled within three shots and got in the mix but congrats to the Spartans and Buckeyes! Those two teams outplayed us the first two rounds and it proved to be too much ground to make up. I am very excited for Hana and her third-place finish. She was in control of her game all week and this will give her good momentum as we move into the postseason."
Lee’s day began with a birdie on hole No. 1 and she then recorded three-straight pars before a bogey on the fifth hole. She wrapped up the front nine with three pars and a birdie to go 1-under. Lee then gained further separation on the back nine with a par, back-to-back birdies and another par on the first four holes. She had just one more bogey on the 14th hole and wrapped up the round with four-straight pars to record her fourth top-10 finish of the season.
Sophomore Elizabeth Szokol also finished inside the top 15 as she tied for 13th at 12-over 228. She entered the day tied for 16th after recording a 2-over 74 on Saturday and matched that score on Sunday for her third top-20 finish of the year.
A pair of Wildcats tied for 31st as freshman Kacie Komoto had her best round of the day Sunday, recording a 2-over 74 to finish at 17-over 233 and move up 10 spots in the individual standings, along with sophomore Suchaya Tangkamolprasert. Sophomore Kaitlin Park was two strokes behind the Wildcat duo, tying for 37th at 19-over 235. Senior Devon Brown competed in her final Big Ten Championships and tied for 55th at 24-over 240.
Northwestern’s third-place finish at the 2014 Big Ten Championships marks its fifth top-three showing and eighth top-five finish out of 10 tournaments during the 2013-14 season.
Northwestern will now await its NCAA fate as the 2014 NCAA Women’s Golf Championship selections will be announced live on Monday, April 28, on the Golf Channel. Be sure to tune into Golf Central on the Golf Channel from 5 p.m.-6 p.m. CT to watch the regional selections. Additionally, Golf Central will be streamed live on the Golf Channel's website via Golf Live Extra.
Northwestern – 3rd/12 – 307-301-297=905 (+41)
3 – Hana Lee – 75-75-70=219 (+4)
T13 – Elizabeth Szokol – 80-74-74=228 (+12)
T31 – Kacie Komoto – 81-78-74=233 (+17)
T31 – Suchaya Tangkamolprasert – 75-79-79=233 (+17)
T37 – Kaitlin Park – 77-77-81=235 (+19)
T55 – Devon Brown – 81-75-84=240 (+24)
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