April 28, 2014
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|2014 NCAA West Regional
||Thursday, May 8-Saturday, May 10
||Tumble Creek Golf Club at Suncadia Resort | Suncadia, Wash.
||Par 72, 6,252 yards
(24 teams, 6 individuals)
|No. 1 Southern California, No. 2 Arizona State, No. 3 Oklahoma, No. 4 Washington (Host School), No. 5 Clemson, No. 6 Wake Forest, No. 7 Northwestern, No. 8 Michigan State, No. 9 Iowa State, No. 10 GRU-Augusta, No. 11 Oregon, No. 12 Texas A&M, No. 13 UC Davis, No. 14 Denver, No. 15 San Diego State, No. 16 Wisconsin, No. 17 Gonzaga, No. 18 Notre Dame, No. 19 Tennessee, No. 20 Chattanooga, No. 21 New Mexico, No. 22 New Mexico State, No. 23 Portland State, No. 24 Detroit (Numbers indicate regional seed)
Individuals: Alison Knowles (Louisiana-Monroe), Regan De Guzman (San Jose State), Clariss Guce (Cal State Northridge), Fabiola Arriaga (UTSA), Madchen Ly (Fresno State), Alexandra White (BYU)
NU NCAA Regional Notes
EVANSTON, Ill. - Fresh off a top-three finish at the 2014 Big Ten Championships, the Northwestern women's golf team has the chance to extend its season as the Wildcats received an at-large bid to compete in the NCAA West Regional. NU is one of 24 teams in the field, that takes place May 8-10 at the Tumble Creek Golf Club in Suncadia, Wash.
This is the fifth straight NCAA regional selection for the Wildcats under head coach Emily Fletcher and 12th overall for the program. Northwestern will be the No. 7 seed in the West regional and is ranked No. 14 in the latest Golfweek poll along with No. 19 in the most current Golfstat.com rankings.
The Wildcats will compete against some of the top teams in the country, including top-seed and defending NCAA Champions, USC. The 24-team field also includes top-20 squads Arizona State (No. 6), Washington (No. 7), Oklahoma (No. 12) and Clemson (No. 18). Big Ten squads Michigan State and Wisconsin are also in the West regional.
Northwestern looks to finish in the top eight at the NCAA West Regional for the chance to advance to the 2014 NCAA Championships, played May 20-23, at the Tulsa Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Last year, NU utilized a strong final-round performance at the NCAA East Regional, vaulting from 10th place to a sixth-place finish to qualify for just its second trip to the NCAA Championships in program history. The Wildcats then went on to place in the top 15 at the 2013 NCAA Championships.
Here are some notables on the Northwestern women's golf team as the Wildcats head to the NCAA West Regional. Additional notes and statistics can be found in the match notes PDF link at the top of the page.:
Northwestern will utilize the same starting five it has used for every tournament this year: junior Hana Lee (Hacienda Heights, Calif./Wilson), sophomores Kaitlin Park (Tustin, Calif./Beckman), Elizabeth Szokol (Winnetka, Ill./New Trier), Suchaya Tangkamolprasert (Bangkok, Thailand/Bromsgrove International) and freshman Kacie Komoto (Honolulu, Hawaii/Punahou).
A program record four Wildcats received 2014 All-Big Ten honors. Hana Lee and Kaitlin Park both received First Team All-Big Ten honors for the second straight year while Elizabeth Szokol and Kacie Komoto were second team honorees. NU's four players on the All-Big Ten teams were the most for any conference squad.
Northwestern has five top-three finishes and eight top-five finishes out of 10 tournaments this year. NU finished first at the Hurricane Invitational and during the stroke play portion of the 2014 Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic.
If the season ended today, Hana Lee and Kaitlin Park would sit No. 1 and No. 2 on NU's single-season scoring average, respectively. Lee set the record in 2012-13 at 74.27 but she has surpassed that average this year, currently at 73.75. Park's 73.96 average is close behind.
If the season ended today, the scoring averages this year from all five Wildcat starters would rank in the top 10 in program history:
1. Hana Lee - 73.75
2. Kaitlin Park - 73.96
5. Kacie Komoto - 74.75
8. Elizabeth Szokol - 75.18
9. Suchaya Tangkamolprasert - 75.21
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