Wildcats 3-peat at Big Ten Match Play
BRADENTON, Fla. – If the Northwestern men’s team can somehow make it to the NCAA Championship’s Elite Eight, watch out. The Wildcats have a knack for getting the job done in match play.
Northwestern won its third consecutive Big Ten Match Play title, taking a 4-1-1 victory over Minnesota in the championship match Feb. 11 at The Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla. Eric Chun, Jack Perry, Sam Chien and Bennett Lavin won their matches for the Wildcats, who also defeated Penn State, Iowa and Ohio State on their way to the title.
The Wildcats came into this year’s event as the No. 7 seed after winning in 2010 as the No. 6 seed and in 2011 as the No. 4 seed. Goss also has a pedigree with match-play pupils: World No. 1 Luke Donald, a former Northwestern star who is still coached by Goss, is the defending champion at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship and participated in the Wildcats’ alumni match last weekend.
Northwestern now has won 13 consecutive matches at this event and is 14-1 overall at the Big Ten Match Play, with their only loss coming to Illinois in the inaugural 2009 tournament.