Men’s Golf: Northwestern sets sights on NCAA Championship appearance


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David Nyfjäll swings his club. The senior was NU’s first golfer since 2010 to win the Big Ten individual title.

Alex Cervantes, Senior Staffer

Needing a top-five finish to qualify for the NCAA Championship last spring, Northwestern was unable to complete the feat. The Wildcats finished 20-over, 10 strokes above fifth-place East Tennessee State, and their season came to an end at the Columbus Regional. 

But NU’s 2021-22 campaign was still successful individually and collectively. Graduate student David Nyfjäll was a unanimous All-Big Ten first team selection and the first Cat since 2010 to win the conference’s individual title. As a unit, NU’s strongest result came at the Hamptons Intercollegiate in October 2021, where they shared a team title.

Unlike last year when the Cats returned many of their big contributors, this summer will see a couple major pieces depart Evanston. Varun Chopra and Eric McIntosh, who finished T29 and T40 at the Columbus Regional, left the program following graduation. It is unclear whether Yannick Artigolle and Lucas Becht’s futures will use their fifth year of eligibility at NU. 

Despite the question marks surrounding other upperclassmen’s decisions, Nyfjäll is taking advantage of his extra year of eligibility due to COVID-19 and returning to Evanston for a fifth year. Other notable returnees include senior James Imai, who finished T49 at the regional and sophomore Cameron Adam, who finished T45. 

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