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Women’s golf: NU starts strong with victory over Ohio State

The Wildcats defeated the Buckeyes 4-1-1 in their season opener.

Pepperdine Triangular Golf Tournament Photo by Jeff Golden/Getty Images

Northwestern women’s golf began its season with a dominant victory over Big Ten rival Ohio State at Abacoa Golf Club in Jupiter, Florida, over the weekend.

In head-to-head match play format, the Wildcats bested the Buckeyes 4-1-1. Northwestern’s upperclassmen provided a steady hand, with junior Kelly Su dispatching her opponent 8 and 6 (she led by eight holes with six holes left), while sophomore Irene Kim won 5 and 3 (five-hole lead with three holes left to play). Freshman Jennifer Cai earned her first college win with a 2-up victory.

The South Florida track challenged players with undulating greens but offered reprieve with generous fairways and gentle terrain. The Wildcats, whose 2019-20 season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic, look to take the momentum into their next event, the Heroes Ladies Intercollegiate in Sarasota, Florida, the weekend of February 7-9.

Match Results

Kailie Vongsaga (OSU) halved Brooke Riley (NU)

Irene Kim (NU) def. Aneka Seumanutafa (OSU) 5 and 3

Skylar Thompson (OSU) def. Charlotte Hillary (NU) 2 and 1

Kelly Sim (NU) def. Lauren Peter (OSU) 4 and 3

Jennifer Cai (NU) def. Kristin Jamieson (OSU) 2-up

Kelly Su (NU) def. Alanis Sakuma (OSU) 8 and 6