May 18, 2014
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Before the Northwestern women's golf team heads out onto the course for one final time this season at the 2014 NCAA Championships, get to know the Wildcats that will be playing in the finals.
Freshman Kacie Komoto is making her first trip to the NCAA Championships, joining the four other Wildcats that qualified for NCAA’s a year ago. The Honolulu, Hawaii native had a stellar first season, earning Second Team All-Big Ten honors with two top-10 finishes and five top-20 showings. Her 75.10 scoring average is tied for third amongst the Wildcats.
How would you describe this year's NU women's golf team?
“I would say that our team is definitely a close-knit group! Coming from Hawaii, originally, I was a little nervous about being so far away from home, but I was lucky enough to come to a team that supports each other no matter what.”
What does it mean to you to play in the 2014 NCAA Championships?
“I’m very excited to be playing in the 2014 NCAA Championships! We’ve all worked really hard to get to this level and I’m honored to be a part of the whole experience.”
What has been your favorite golf-related memory of the 2013-14 season so far?
“We had many opportunities to travel to a lot of great places this year, however, my favorite tournament was the Hurricane Invitational because, as a team, we really came together and dug deep to bring home that trophy.”
What has been your favorite off the course memory with the team during your NU career?
“I would say that my favorite off the course memory would have to be when we made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for Campus Kitchens. It was nice to give back to our community, while having a lot of fun competing with each other on who could make the most sandwiches.”
What is your favorite part about being a member of the Northwestern women's golf team?
“My favorite part about being a member of the Northwestern women’s golf team would be the fact that I’m able to play the sport that I love at a top-notch golf program, all the while receiving a great education.”
What is your favorite spot on campus and why?
“When it’s warm out, I like going to the Lakefill. It’s a great place to run, to do homework, or to just relax and enjoy the scenery.”
What is your favorite place to visit in the city of Chicago or Evanston and why?
“I haven’t really explored Chicago as much as I’d like too, but so far, my favorite place would definitely be the Magnificent Mile because it’s a great place to hang out with friends after some grueling midterms.”
What is the best piece of advice you have received from either head coach Emily Fletcher or assistant coach Beth Miller?
“The best piece of advice that I’ve received from the coaches is the quote, “Play to Play Great.” At Regionals, Em had us think about this more deeply, and it helped me realize what playing fearless golf meant to me.”
My favorite professional golfer is…
“My favorite LPGA player is Ai Miyazato. But for PGA players, it’s Luke Donald of course! Go 'Cats!”
If I could play 18 holes with anyone it would be…
“ Condoleezza Rice because she’s a very accomplished person, who's an inspiration to women everywhere.”
Northwestern is heading to the NCAA Championships for the third time in program history and second time in as many seasons. The 72-hole tournament begins Tuesday, May 20 in Tulsa and runs through Friday, May 23. The Wildcats will look to improve upon their top-15 finish a year ago and return four players from last year's squad that advanced to the NCAA Championships.
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