Women’s Golf: Another collapse leads to a disappointing finish for Northwestern
October 16, 2016
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It was more of the same this weekend for Northwestern at the Stanford Intercollegiate, where the Wildcats got out to another hot start before playing themselves out of competition in the second round.
NU led the tournament by two strokes after round one, shooting 1-over as a team. The Cats were once again led by junior Hannah Kim, who fired a 2-under round and was tied for second on the individual leaderboard.
“I was just hitting my shots really well,” Kim said. “I was really rolling my putts really well too.”
Day two was a different story, as the wind and rain led to a 23-over round from the Cats. It was also a different story for Kim, who fired a 4-over round and finished tied for eighth individually after round three was cancelled due to rain.
NU’s 23-over was the third-worst round of any team in the 16-team field on Saturday and dropped the Cats to eighth overall, their second straight less-than-stellar result.
“We just made too many mistakes,” coach Emily Fletcher said. “We kind of compounded our errors. I think we had five triple bogeys and two doubles, and you just can’t make those kind of numbers.”
Senior Kacie Komoto was responsible for two of those triple bogeys on day two, en-route to a 7-over second round.
After carding a 3-over in round one, Komoto ended in a tie for 45th overall in the tournament, her worst finish of the year so far.
“It was a little rough,” Komoto said. “I just had a few bad holes, and I’m not going to get bogged down by that. It wasn’t something consistently popping up. Most of my golf was good, and I just need to take the good right now.”
Komoto was not the only NU golfer to struggle. Sophomore Stephanie Lau finished at 8-over for the tournament after shooting 9-over in the second round, while junior Sarah Cho ended tied for 53rd at 11-over on the weekend.
Sophomore Janet Mao had the second best finish of the team in her tie for 18th, but she also shot 4-over on Friday with a double bogey of her own.
“The second day we just got off to a poor start,” Fletcher said. “They came out ready to play that second day, and it wasn’t from lack of effort. Sometimes as a coach you can sit back and see that you can hardly get out of your own way.”
The Cats will have plenty of time to get out of their own way as a disappointing fall season comes to a close. After returning its entire starting lineup from the team that took ninth at last year’s NCAA Championships, NU went winless and managed only two top-five finishes in its four fall tournaments.
The Cats return to action in February with the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge.