Northwestern defends Big Ten Match Play title
Northwestern successfully defended its title Saturday at the Big Ten Match Play Championship, knocking out Indiana in the final match to improve its record to 10-1 in the three-year history of the event.
The Wildcats, No. 32 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, assembled a 12-6-0 record during three rounds at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. They knocked off Indiana (No. 27), 4-2-0, in the final match. Northwestern had to dispatch Illinois (No. 7) in the semifinals and Michigan (No. 31) in the quarterfinals to reach the end of the bracket.
Key to the Wildcats’ victory was junior Eric Chun, who was one of four Northwestern players to win his final-round match. Chun is undefeated in three appearances at the event.
The victory marked the 26th team title for Northwestern under 14-year head coach Pat Goss. It’s the first win of the 2010-11 season, but the team had two top-5s in the fall.
– Northwestern athletics contributed to this report.
Final results from the Big Ten Match Play Championship, played Feb. 10-12 at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Illinois def. Minnesota 5-0-1
Northwestern def. Michigan 5-1-0
Ohio State def. Purdue 4-2-0
Indiana def. Iowa 4-2-0
Northwestern def. Illinois 3-3-0
Indiana def. Ohio State 2-2-2
Northwestern def. Indiana 4-2-0