EVANSTON, Ill. – The Northwestern Women’s Golf team is back in the hunt for an NCAA title and this may be their best shot yet.
Over the past nine years, the Wildcats have blossomed into one of the premiere programs in the country under Head Coach Emily Fletcher’s tutelage.
Fletcher - who was recently named Big Ten Coach of the Year for the fourth time in the past six seasons - has led Northwestern to three Big Ten Championships, seven straight NCAA Regional appearances and three consecutive trips to the NCAA Championships.
This year, Fletcher and the Wildcats are the 2-seed at the Shoal Creek Regional in Alabama.
The team has some serious star power this time around, including the school's first ever back-to-back Big Ten Player of the Year - Sophomore Hannah Kim.
Kim finished the year with 16 rounds under par or better, five Top 10 finishes, and the #2 ranking in all of women's golf.
But the California native isn't the only young gun on the roster.
Stephanie Lau has been a force for Northwestern, racking up six rounds in the 60s - good enough for second in scoring average in the Big Ten and the Conference's Freshman of the Year.
All of those accolades coupled with the rest of the team's wealth of experience in postseason play make the 8th-ranked Wildcats anything but a long shot to take home the title.
The Regional round is not televised, but the NCAA Championships will be on the Golf Channel starting Monday with the final round of stroke play.