May 20, 2014
TULSA, Okla. -- With winds gusting in the 20-25 mph range Tuesday morning in Tulsa, Northwestern had to fight through tough conditions during the first round of the 2014 NCAA Women’s Golf Championships. NU began the morning battling 17 mph winds saw speeds reach close to 25 mph towards the early afternoon.
Head coach Emily Fletcher’s squad finished the first round of the 72-hole tournament at 25-over 305 to tie for 16th. Sophomore Suchaya Tangkamolprasert led the Wildcats during the first round, carding a 2-over 72 on the par 70 Tulsa Country Club course. The Bangkok, Thailand native had a solid start to the round after teeing off from the 10th hole. She registered eight pars and a birdie on 13 to go 1-under through the back nine. With the wind picking up, Tangkamolprasert scored a few bogeys on the front nine but added on two more birdies, on seven and eight, to finish at 2-over. She is inside the top 15 in the individual standings, tied for 13th.
Tangkamolprasert is one of four Wildcats making a return trip to the NCAA Championships as the team also qualified in 2013. Fellow sophomore Elizabeth Szokol also played at last year’s finals and on Tuesday, the Winnetka, Ill., native scored a 6-over 76. She had a strong start to the round with a par on 10, birdie on 11 and three-straight pars. Szokol bogeyed 15 and 16 but bounced back with back-to-back pars on 17 and 18. On the front nine, she recorded four-straight pars before a bogey on the par-3 ninth hole to wrap up the round.
Freshman Kacie Komoto made her first NCAA Championship appearance and finished the first round a stroke behind Szokol. The Honolulu, Hawaii native had 11 pars on the day, including four-straight to start the round.
Junior Hana Lee and sophomore Kaitlin Park also made return trips to the NCAA Championships and went 10 and 16-over respectively on Tuesday.
As a team, Northwestern is tied for 16th with five other teams at 25-over 305. The Wildcats are two strokes behind a trio of teams tied for 13th and five strokes out of the top-10 as Stanford is in 10th at 20-over 300. Oklahoma leads the 24-team field at 8-over 288.
The Wildcats will be in the afternoon wave on Wednesday and tee off the second round at 12:56 p.m. NU will once again be paired with Florida and Campbell.
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