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    2013-14 NU Women's Golf Year in Review

    June 3, 2014

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    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern had a stellar 2013-14 season as the program reached new milestones throughout the year. The Wildcats ranked amongst the top 20 teams in the country for most of the season, finishing the year with a No. 14 ranking according to Golfweek and No. 16 ranking by Golfstat, and consistently finished amongst the top five at a number of competitive tournaments throughout the season. Additionally, the team set a few program records, including a new single-season scoring average for a team and individual and as a team, recorded a program low for a single round.

    Here are a few notables as we officially put a wrap on the 2013-14 Northwestern Women's Golf season.

    The Wildcats recorded a 295.46 scoring average throughout the 2013-14 season, which is a new program record. Additionally, NU shot an 11-under 277 during the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic, which shattered the previous single-round record of 284, which also was scored during the 2013-14 season. NU had four of the top rounds in program history during the 2013-14 campaign with a 277 at the Liz Murphey and a 284 at three different events (2014 NCAA Championships, Hurricane Invitational, Windy City Collegiate).

    In total, NU had 23 sub-300 rounds out of 35 and the Wildcats combined for 35 individual rounds of par or better.

    Northwestern junior Hana Lee further cemented her name in the record book and broke her own school record for single-season scoring average. During the 2013-14 season, Lee recorded a 74.09 scoring average to edge out her sophomore year mark of 74.27, which was the previous school record.

    Lee also matched another program record, recording a 6-under 66 during the stroke play portion of the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic (April 4). She tied for first, securing the first medalist honors of her career. That was one of four top-10 finishes on the season for Lee who played in all 12 events for NU.

    In addition to Hana Lee setting the new single-season scoring average record, the other four Wildcat starters rank in the top 10 all-time. They are as follows:

    1. Hana Lee - 35 rounds - 2,593 strokes - 74.09
    4. Kaitlin Park - 35 rounds - 2,612 strokes - 74.63
    5. Suchaya Tangkamolprasert - 35 rounds - 2,613 strokes - 74.66
    7. Kacie Komoto - 35 rounds - 2,624 strokes - 74.97
    9. Elizabeth Szokol - 35 rounds - 2,631 strokes - 75.17

    While she only has two years of competition under her belt, sophomore Kaitlin Park’s two-year scoring average of 74.84 ranks No. 1 on NU’s top career stroke average list (min. 50 rounds). The Tustin, Calif., native has played 68 rounds, including all 35 during the 2013-14 campaign, and posted a career-low scoring average of 74.63, which ranks No. 4 on the single-season list. That average, combined with her 75.06 mark as a freshman, puts her at first on the top career stroke average list.

    Hana Lee is close behind Park with a three-year average of 75.00 while sophomore Suchaya Tangkamolprasert ranks third all-time with a 75.30 scoring average in 64 rounds. Additionally, sophomore Elizabeth Szokol ranks No. 5 all-time with a two-year average of 75.78. Former Wildcat Lauren Weaver holds the four-year scoring average record at 75.74 but a number of current Wildcats are on pace to surpass that by the time they graduate.

    Northwestern won two tournaments during the 2013-14 campaign; the 2014 Hurricane Invitational and the 2014 Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic. NU set program records at both tournaments en route to the victory as the Wildcats recorded a 54-hole score of 864 at the Hurricane Invitational and carded an 11-under 277 to win the stroke play portion of the Liz Murphey.

    The 2013-14 squad recorded three of the top 54-hole scores in program history as the 864 at the Hurricane Invitational is the new record. The team also shot an 867 at the Windy City Collegiate to rank No. 2 all-time and 869 at the Stanford Intercollegiate, which sits at No. 3 all-time.

    Northwestern made its third NCAA Championship appearance in 2014 and second in as many years. NU’s first trip to the NCAA Championships was back in 2000 and in 2013, the Wildcats placed 15th at the 2013 NCAA Championships. NU followed that up with another top-15 showing, tying for 15th at the 2014 NCAA Championships in Tulsa. Suchaya Tangkamolprasert led the way for the Wildcats, tying for 16th. She finished the tournament strong, playing her final round under par. Two other Wildcats, freshman Kacie Komoto and sophomore Elizabeth Szokol also had rounds under par at NCAA’s, with Szokol’s 67 standing as the low round of the tournament for NU.

    Head coach Emily Fletcher utilized the same starting five all season with Hana Lee, Kaitlin Park, Suchaya Tangkamolprasert, Elizabeth Szokol and freshman Kacie Komoto. Northwestern wrapped the year with five top-three finishes and eight top-five placements.

    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.

    NU had a very deep squad this year as four of the five starters led the team at tournaments throughout the season. Here’s a look at NU’s leader at each tournament:

    Mary Fossum Invitational - Kaitlin Park (T2)
    Dick McGuire Invitational - Hana Lee (T7)
    Windy City Collegiate - Suchaya Tangkamolprasert (T9)
    Stanford Intercollegiate - Kaitlin Park (T20)
    Lady Puerto Rico Classic - Kacie Komoto (T17)
    Hurricane Invitational - Hana Lee (T5)
    Bryan National Collegiate - Hana Lee (T27)
    Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic - Hana Lee (T1)
    Silverado Showdown - Kaitlin Park (T13)
    Big Ten Championships - Hana Lee (3)
    NCAA West Regional - Suchaya Tangkamolprasert (T10)
    NCAA Championships - Suchaya Tangkamolprasert (T16)

    Three Wildcats received Academic All-Big Ten distinction during the 2013-14 season. Junior Katie Wooliver, a biological engineering major, became a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree while sophomores Elizabeth Szokol and Suchaya Tangkamolprasert received the award for the first time.

    Devon Brown was the lone senior on the 2013-14 roster and she provided a number of contributions throughout her NU career. She will leave Evanston ranked No. 7 on NU’s all-time career scoring average list at 76.96 and was a large part of the team’s Big Ten title in 2013. She was one of three Wildcats to finish in the top-10 at Big Ten’s, tying for seventh with a season-low score of 223. Brown wrapped up her NU career playing in 38 events where she recorded five top-10 finishes and eight top-20 showings.

    All five NU starters from the 2013-14 season return next year. In addition to the five returning starters, NU also welcomes two of the top incoming freshmen in the country to Evanston for the 2014-15 campaign as California natives Sarah Cho and Hannah Kim are ranked No. 4 and No. 9, respectively in the country by Junior Golf Scoreboard.


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