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Northwestern Wildcats women’s golf earns top seed at NCAA Tournament final

The Northwestern Wildcats will have the top seed when match play begins at the NCAA women’s golf championship on Tuesday just outside of Chicago.

The Northwestern Wildcats’ dream athletic season has one more surprise left in it.

A year that has seen the Wildcats win its third ever bowl game, make the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history and reach the Big Ten Baseball Tournament for the first time since 2010.

There is still one prize that could put a cap on this academic year of Northwestern athletics. And it comes from Northwestern’s women’s golf team.

After three dominant days in stroke play at nearby Rich Harvest Farms, Northwestern will hold the top seed heading into match play at the NCAA Women’s Golf Championship beginning Tuesday and continuing through Wednesday.

The Wildcats placed all five golfers in the top-24 of the individual leader, furthering their dominance in the first phase of the tournament. It was the farthest Northwestern has advanced in the NCAA championship. This is the third year the NCAA has used a match-play tournament to determine its champion after a three-day stroke play.

The Wildcats will take on the Kent State Golden Flashes in the first round of match play on Tuesday. Northwestern won stroke play by eight strokes over Stanford, who will have the second seed in the match play tournament.

To get to the finals, the Wildcats will have to win two match play-style games Tuesday to reach Wednesday’s final. All rounds will air on the Golf Channel. The Wildcats tee off Tuesday at 7:50 a.m. CT.

Northwestern’s young group was led by sophomore Janet Mao’s eight-over par effort in the stroke play round.

Not that the team needed any more motivation playing near home and for a national championship, none other than Pat Fitzgerald got into the golfing spirit before the team went out for the stroke play event.

Everyone is getting into the golfing spirit at Northwestern.

The Wildcats will have to start from scratch though and take on the match play portion to win the national championship and truly turn this year into a special athletic year for the Wildcats. A trophy would certainly put a strong cap to this team’s legacy.

Philip Rossman-Reich is a Northwestern alumnus and former contributor Lake The Posts. He also writes for Orlando Magic Daily and The Step Back.

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