Northwestern won its third consecutive Big Ten Match Play Championship on Saturday at The Concession Golf Club, defeating Minnesota 3-1-1 in the finals. Wins from Eric Chun, Jack Perry and Bennett Lavin pushed the seventh-seeded Wildcats to the win over the eighth-seeded Gophers and to their 14th win in 15 matches all-time at the Match Play Championship (see the final brackets!).
It’s September, and that means it’s time for Big Ten golf teams to open the 2011-12 season. All 12 men’s teams break into their fall schedules at some point this month, with Michigan State and Purdue doing the honors this weekend. The Spartans host the Fossum Invitational on Saturday and Sunday, while the Boilermakers travel to Verona, N.Y., for the Turning Stone Tiger Intercollegiate on Sunday and Monday. The remaining 10 conference teams open the season next week.
Michigan State’s Kathryn Mahoney suffered a life-altering injury doing what she loved most: competing in gymnastics. One moment, she’s honing her craft on the vault, and the next she’s motionless. Mahoney fractured her C6 vertebra one day in practice, leaving her paralyzed and wheelchair-bound. Ever since the incident, Mahoney has received support in all walks of life. “It’s been incredible,” Mahoney said, “I can’t even thank all of the people who have been supporting me.” Watch her inspiring story.