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Women’s Golf: Northwestern finishes fifth at the Icon Invitational

The Wildcats continue to assert themselves as one of the best teams in the Big Ten.

2017 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Team Championship Photo by Steve Woltmann/NCAA Photos via Getty Images

Northwestern women’s golf finished fifth at the Icon Intercollegiate in Houston, Texas, on Tuesday, marking another strong finish for the Wildcats. The stroke-play event featured the top five golfers on each of the 13 participating teams, whose scores were combined over three rounds to form the team leaderboard.

NU’s top finisher was sophomore Irene Kim. She finished the three-round event at nine-under-par, good for fourth place overall and five strokes behind the event’s winner, Rina Tatematsu of Oklahoma State. Kim outplayed LSU’s Ingrid Lindblad, the country’s top-ranked golfer, who finished seven-under-par.

Kim wasn’t the only strong finisher on the team. Brooke Riley shot a 69 in her final round to finish the tournament five-under-par, good for a ninth-place finish. Freshman Jennifer Cai continued her strong season, tying for 44th place with a six-over-par score.

Baylor won the team event at 24-under-par. LSU came in second at 19-under-par. The Wildcats finished even par, besting Big Ten foe Purdue and other notable schools such as Texas, Texas A&M and Texas Tech.

NU’s next event, the Bruin/Wave Invitational in Somis, California, takes place March 1-3.

Full tournament results can be accessed here.

Northwestern Team Results:

Irene Kim: 68, 69, 70 (-9)

Brooke Riley: 70, 72, 69 (-5)

Jennifer Cai: 73, 76, 73 (+6)

Kelly Sim: 77, 76, 74 (+11)

Kelly Su: 79, 73, 75 (+11)