May 10, 2014
SUNCADIA, Wash. -- Northwestern finished inside the top eight at the NCAA West Regional and punched its ticket to the 2014 NCAA Championships. The Wildcats placed eighth out of 24 teams at the regional to secure their third trip to the NCAA Championships and second in as many years.
Northwestern finished the three-day tournament at 914 (+50, 302-296-316), five strokes behind Iowa State and Texas A&M who tied for sixth and seven ahead of ninth-place Wake Forest and Wisconsin to make the cut. NU played in the morning wave and was tied with Clemson during the afternoon, but the Wildcats did enough to hold off the Tigers, who were playing in the afternoon wave and ended up taking 13th. Northwestern, who entered the tournament ranked 19th, placed ahead of two teams with higher rankings including No. 18 Wake Forest and No. 13 Clemson.
"We are thrilled to be moving on to Tulsa!" Northwestern head coach Emily Fletcher said. "It's quite an accomplishment for our program to advance to the NCAA finals two years in a row. I'm really proud of these girls, they fought hard all year. They played tough today and we hung tough until we stumbled at the end. We are looking forward to competing for a national championship in Tulsa!"
Sophomore Suchaya Tankgamolprasert led Northwestern the entire tournament and tied for 10th at 6-over 222 (71-73-78). She remained inside the top 10 for the entire tournament and posted her second top-10 placement of the year. Tangkamolprasert had the best single-round of the tournament for NU, carding a 1-under 71 on Thursday.
Sophomore Elizabeth Szokol placed inside the top 40 with a 13-over 229 (79-72-78) to tie for 31st. Szokol and Tangkamolprasert each had the low round of the day on Saturday for the Northwestern group of five.
Junior Hana Lee finished two strokes behind Szokol while sophomore Kaitlin Park scored an 18-over 234. Freshman Kacie Komoto wrapped up her first NCAA postseason event a stroke behind Park at 19-over 235.
With the top-eight finish, Northwestern will now advance to the 2014 NCAA Championship, which runs Tuesday, May 20-Friday, May 23 in Tulsa, Okla. This is the third NCAA Championship appearance in program history, second under head coach Emily Fletcher, as the Wildcats advanced last year and in 2000.
Northwestern – 8th/24 teams – 302-296-316=914 (+50)
T10 - Suchaya Tangkamolprasert – 71-73-78=222 (+6)
T31 - Elizabeth Szokol – 79-72-78=229 (+13)
T44 - Hana Lee – 76-76-79=231 (+15)
T58 - Kaitlin Park – 78-75-81=234 (+18)
T61 - Kacie Komoto – 77-77-81=235 (+19)
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