Big Ten honors trio of Illini women’s golfers
May 22, 2020
In a shortened year, these Illinois women’s golfers only needed a few meets to showcase their talent and get recognized. Senior Tristyn Nowlin and sophomore Kornkamol Sukaree were named to the All-Big Ten First Team and Second Team, respectively, while sophomore Reena Sulkar was nominated as Illinois’ Sportsmanship Honoree, given to golfers with upstanding ethical behavior and good sportsmanship.
Nowlin, a Kentucky native, has now made an All-Big Ten Team all four years she’s been at Illinois, although she was stuck on the second team for the first three years. After seeing her stroke average go up one her junior year, the preseason honoree put together her best season yet as an Illini, finishing with an average of 72.58 strokes.
Nowlin’s best performance this year came in the Cardinal Cup tournament, where she finished the three-day period with six strokes under par. Her stellar performance resulted her in taking home first place.
When the pandemic struck and ended her senior season, Nowlin, like many, believed her final season playing in Champaign would finish off anti-climatically. However, when the NCAA announced senior spring athletes would be granted another year of eligibility, Nowlin went on Twitter to announce she would take advantage of the fifth year option after she was nominated for the Dike Eddleman Athlete of the Year.