It seems like forever ago that I was competing proudly as a member of the Northwestern University men’s golf team. I spent three years as a Wildcat, carrying my purple and white golf bag proudly down the fairway. And now, nearly four years removed from my days at NU, my alma mater is heading into the final portion of their season on a high note.
The Wildcats (No. 28 in the rankings) go into the Big Ten Championship as the top-seeded team. They won two events this year, and are in search of their fifth conference title.
Last week, junior Jack Perry broke a school record held by former No. 1 Luke Donald and my former teammate David Lipsky. Perry fired rounds of 67-67-66 to finish 16-under-par 200 at NU’s Spring Invitational, besting the previous 54-hole tournament record by two strokes, and winning the individual title by a whopping eight strokes.
The NU crew is rollin’ and peaking at the right time. I’ve seen a Big Ten Championship in person, and the action is intense. Courses are set up to test college golfers more than their final exam in Economics 301. The Pete Dye Course at French Lick awaits the Big Ten’s best, and I know one team that is more than ready for it.
In the words of my former coach, Pat Goss: “It’s a great day to be a Wildcat.”