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Morning Roundup: May 2, 2016

Morning Roundup: May 2, 2016
(Daily file photo by Nathan Richards)

Northwestern sports had a busy weekend. Let’s catch you up to speed…

  • Two Wildcats were drafted by NFL teams on Saturday. Dean Lowry was taken by the Green Bay Packers and Dan Vitale was selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
  • Additionally, Deonte Gibson and Traveon Henry each signed as undrafted free agents, Gibson with the Detroit Lions and Henry with the Buccaneers.
  • Per coach Pat Fitzgerald on Twitter, wide receiver Miles Shuler and quarterback Zack Oliver were each invited to tryouts with NFL teams as well. Shuler will work out with the New York Giants while Oliver will get a shot with Washington.
  • Dan Waldman recapped a crucial win for the lacrosse, keeping the team eligible for the NCAA Tournament.
  • Benjy Apelbaum reviews a disappointing Big Ten Tournament loss for the men’s tennis team.
  • Mike Marut discusses the women’s tennis team falling in the Big Ten Tournament as well.
  • Bites from the weekend: Dean Lowry reacts to being drafted, Luke Donald visits Evanston, Selena Lasota notches hat trick

And here’s a look at Monday’s back page:

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Pro golfer Luke Donald returns to practice at Northwestern

Luke Donald, who was a four-time All-Big Ten golfer at Northwestern from 1998 to 2001, returned to Evanston this weekend to practice at the Wildcats’ indoor facility, sharing the above photo on Instagram.

Donald turned pro in 2001 and is tied for the program’s second-lowest 54-hole score since 1990, scoring a 202 in the 2001 U.S. Collegiate Championships. In 1999, Donald won the individual NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships, breaking the scoring record previously held by Tiger Woods. He was also named a first-team All-American in 1999, 2000 and 2001.

Professionally, Donald was named PGA Player of the Year in 2011 and battled back and forth for the No. 1 spot in the world with Rory McIlroy in 2012. His best finishes in a major were ties for third in the 2005 Masters and 2006 PGA Championship.

Director of Golf and Player Development Pat Goss also tweeted about Donald’s return as the golfer visited The Glen Club in Glenview, Illinois earlier Saturday.