Sept. 30, 2006
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- On a day where the difficult conditions never let up, the Northwestern women's golf team weathered the storm Saturday and finds itself in fifth place through 30 holes at the Wolverine Invitational.
From the very start of the tournament, rain and cold temperatures tested the resolve of the 10-team field. Eventually lightning and heavier rain entered the mix, forcing a postponement of the remainder of the second round until Sunday.
The 'Cats proved that they could handle the difficult conditions, staying close to the leaders throughout the day. Northwestern currently sits at 37-over par, and each Wildcat has completed at least 30 holes of the 54-hole event.
The host-school Michigan leads the tournament after Saturday and is 13 shots in front of the Wildcats. The 'Cats trail second-place Ohio State by eight strokes, third-place Indiana by three and fourth-place Southern Methodist by one. Big Ten rival Michigan State sits two shots behind the 'Cats in sixth.
Northwestern finished the first round with a 27-over total of 311, the fifth-best team score for the opening round. Senior Liliana Alvarez (Durango, Mexico/American School of Durango) and junior Brittany Johnston (Akron, Ohio/Walsh Jesuit), Northwestern's top two finishers in its last event, continued their strong play and led the 'Cats with opening-round 77's.
Through 12 holes in her second round and 30 holes overall, Johnston is at 8-over par and tied for 12th. Alvarez has completed 32 holes and is tied for 17th, one shot behind Johnston.
After shooting a 7-over 78 in her opening round, Senior Alice Kim (Los Angeles, Calif./Brentwood) finished Saturday by shooting 1-under for the first 12 holes of her second round. Kim's stellar play has moved her into a tie for sixth at 6-over through 30 holes, four shots behind the tournament leader, Michigan's Brianna Broderick.
Northwestern's fourth score for the opening round came from senior Heather Scholten (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian), who fired an 8-over 79. Scholten is in a tie for 34th, 12-over through 31 holes.
The outlook looks much better for Sunday, as sunny skies and temperatures in the 60's are expected. Before beginning the final 18 holes, the 'Cats will finish the remainder of their second round as play starts at 9 a.m.
Live results for the Wildcats' final 24 holes can be found at Wolverine Invitational.