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Four Big Ten Golfers Earn PING All-America Honors

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Four Big Ten men's golfers have earned PING All-America honors, the Golf Coaches Association of America announced Thursday. Big Ten honorees include Illinois' Brian Campbell, Charlie Danielson and Thomas Detry and Minnesota's Jose Mendez.

Second Team
Brian Campbell, Illinois

Honorable Mention
Charlie Danielson, Illinois
Thomas Detry, Illinois
Jose Mendez, Minnesota

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Minnesota Release

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Current Big Ten Golfer Set to Compete in U.S. Open

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Illinois' Brian Campbell is set to compete in the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst. Campbell qualified for the U.S. Open by tying for fourth at the Daly City, California, sectional qualifier on June 2. He is coming off an impressive junior season in which he earned All-America honors - the first of his career - by tying for ninth at the 2014 NCAA Championships, including a final-round 63 that tied the course record at Prairie Dunes (at the configuration used for the NCAA Championships). He also was named the 2014 Big Ten Player of the Year and broke Luke Guthrie's single-season stroke average record with a 71.08 mark.

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Big Ten Medal of Honor Mondays: Purdue

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During the Big Ten's celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, the conference will be featuring "Medal of Honor Mondays" for 12 consecutive weeks, which will highlight a number of Medal of Honor winners from each school. This week, we feature Purdue University.

Robbie Hummel (2012, men's basketball)
A 2012 recipient of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, Hummel was a three-time first-team All-Big Ten selection, finishing his collegiate career with 1,772 points, 862 rebounds and 268 assists. The three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree was Purdue's first-ever Senior CLASS Award winner, and also helped lead Team USA to the bronze medal at the 2009 World University Games. A two-time Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American, Hummel played internationally for one year before signing with the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves in September 2013. The Valparaiso, Ind., native played in 53 games during his rookie season. Hummel's father, Glenn, was Illinois' 1976 Big Ten Medal of Honor winner.

Ariel Turner (2012, women's volleyball)
Purdue's Ariel Turner is the university's only women's volleyball player to earn the Big Ten Medal of Honor. The 2012 Capital One Academic All-American of the Year, Turner was a two-time Academic All-America honoree, two-time AVCA All-America honoree, a Senior CLASS Award finalist and unanimous All-Big Ten selection in 2011. Turner also was the 2011 Big Ten Player of the Year and a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection.

Drew Brees (2001, football)
Drew Brees ended his collegiate career holding numerous school and conference records en route to winning Big Ten Medal of Honor laurels in 2001. He was not only an All-American and a Maxwell Award winner on the field, but he was also named Academic All-America of the Year as a senior. He guided the Boilermakers to the Big Ten Championship in 2000 and their first Rose Bowl appearance since 1967. Drafted in 2001, he is currently an 8-time Pro-Bowler. Brees won Super Bowl XLIV in 2009 and was named game MVP. He became one of the many faces of the New Orleans community following the Hurricane Katrina tragedy by establishing numerous charitable foundations to help the area in its recovery.

Stephanie White (1999, women's basketball)
A 1999 Big Ten Medal of Honor recipient, Purdue's Stephanie White is the only player in conference history to record more than 2,000 points, 500 assists and 250 steals. After leading the Boilermakers to the national title in 1999, White earned the Honda Award and Wade Trophy and was named Big Ten Female Athlete of the Year. The 1999 Academic All-American of the Year, White was a two-time All-American and Academic All-American. Following her collegiate career, White played five seasons in the WNBA before entering the coaching realm. Formerly an assistant coach with the Indiana Fever, White will begin as head coach next season. She currently serves as a college basketball analyst for BTN and ESPN. She was inducted into the Purdue Hall of Fame in 2005.

Joy Holmes (1991, women's basketball)
Purdue's first women's basketball All-American, Holmes earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1991, the same year she was named Big Ten Player of the Year and Big Ten Female Athlete of the Year. She ranks among the Top 10 in various Boilermaker career categories, including third in steals (323), fourth in field-goal percentage (56 percent), sixth in field goals (682) and free throws made (372), seventh in points (1,747) and blocks (131) and ninth in rebounds (744). The Mansfield, Ohio, native was a three-time first team All-Big Ten selection and led Purdue to the 1991 Big Ten Championship and three NCAA Tournament appearances. Holmes was named to the Big Ten's All-Decade Team and has been inducted into the Purdue Hall of Fame. Her son, Gary Harris, played basketball for Michigan State and was the 2013 Big Ten Freshman of the Year.

Jane Neff (1983, women's volleyball)
Purdue's first recognized volleyball All-American, Jane Neff was awarded the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1983. The four-year letterwinner led the Boilermakers to a Big Ten Championship in her senior season (1982) and two NCAA Tournament berths. A middle hitter, Neff ranks in the Purdue Top 10 in seven career categories, including fourth in total blocks (523). She also holds the record for most solo blocks in a season (75) and led the Boilermakers in hitting percentage and total blocks for three of her four seasons.  The Kettering, Ohio, native was Purdue's team MVP in 1981 and 1982 and was tabbed a first-team Academic All-American in 1982. She was named to the Big Ten All-Decade team in 1992 and inducted into the Purdue Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame in 1994.

John Konsek (1960, men's golf)
John Konsek won the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1960. Konsek's Boilermaker teams were Big Ten champions from 1958-60, and he was an All-American all three of those years. He also was the Big Ten individual champion for those three consecutive seasons, once beating Ohio State's Jack Nicklaus by two strokes in the 1960 Big Ten Tournament. Nicklaus once said: "If John had turned professional, he definitely would be in the Hall of Fame." While Nicklaus became the world's top golfer, Konsek went on to be a physician specializing in internal medicine.

John Wooden (1932, men's basketball)
John Wooden was named the Big Ten Medal of Honor honoree in 1932, after winning the national championship and graduating with a degree in English. He was the first player to be named an All-American three times while at Purdue. As a coach at UCLA, Wooden's Bruins won an unprecedented 10 championships in a 12-year period and achieved an 88-game winning streak. Wooden was named national coach of the year six times and became the first person ever to be enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame as both a player (1961) and a coach (1973).  Wooden's "Pyramid of Success," which simply describes how to be successful in both sports and life, is still referenced regularly to this day.

2014 Men's Golf Season in Review

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The Big Ten enjoyed a successful 2014 men's golf season, highlighted by two teams earning bids to the NCAA Men's Golf Championships and Illinois advancing to quarterfinal match play.

NCAA Championships Central: The Big Ten sent two men's golf squads to the NCAA Men's Golf Championships, including Illinois and Purdue. Illinois finished the stroke-play portion of the NCAA Championships in a seventh-place tie, advancing to the eight-team match play championship segment at the Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan. Illinois fell to Stanford, 3-2, in quarterfinal match play of the NCAA Men's Golf Championships. For more coverage of the NCAA Championships, click here.

See you at Regionals: Six Big Ten teams and one individual were selected to compete in the 2014 NCAA Men's Golf Regionals. Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Northwestern, Ohio State and Purdue represented the Big Ten in the team competition, while Michigan's Chris O'Neill traveled as an individual competitor. For the complete release, click here.

All-Conference and Individual Honors: The Big Ten Conference office announced the men's golf All-Conference teams and individual award winners, as voted on by the conference coaches following the 2014 Big Ten Men's Golf Championships. Illinois' Brian Campbell was named the Big Ten Player of the Year, Minnesota's Jose Mendez was tabbed the Big Ten Freshman of the Year and the Golden Gophers' John Carlson claimed Big Ten Coach of the Year honors. For more on the individual award winners and All-Conference teams, click here.

Bring Home the Hardware: Minnesota claimed the Big Ten Championship in men's golf after shooting a four-round score of 1,186 at the 2014 Big Ten Men's Golf Championships. The Golden Gophers were followed by second-place Illinois (1,190), third-place Iowa (1,194), fourth-place Northwestern (1,204) and fifth-place Purdue (1,205) at the par-72, 7,152-yard Pete Dye Course. This is the eighth team title for the Golden Gophers and first since 2007. For more on the Big Ten Men's Golf Championships, click here.

Academic Excellence: On May 28, the Big Ten recognized a total of 1,216 spring and at-large sports student-athletes who have been named to the Academic All-Conference team, which included 45 men's golfers. For more on the Academic All-Big Ten honorees, click here.

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 79

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Purdue's John Konsek (1960, Golf)
John Konsek won the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1960. Konsek's Boilermaker teams were Big Ten champions from 1958-60, and he was an All-American all three of those years. He also was the Big Ten individual champion for those three consecutive seasons, once beating Ohio State's Jack Nicklaus by two strokes in the 1960 Big Ten Tournament. Nicklaus once said: "If John had turned professional, he definitely would be in the Hall of Fame." While Nicklaus became the world's top golfer, Konsek went on to be a physician specializing in internal medicine.

Nineteen Big Ten Golfers Earn PING All-Region Honors

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The Golf Coaches Association of America announced its Division I PING All-Region honorees on Thursday.  A total of 157 players across six regions earned all-region honors, including 19 Big Ten golfers. The complete list of Big Ten PING All-Region award recipients can be found below.

Northeast
JD Dornes, Penn State
Jens Talbert, Penn State

Midwest
Brian Campbell, Illinois
Charlie Danielson, Illinois
Thomas Detry, Illinois
Jonathan Hauter, Illinois
Brian Bullington, Iowa
Steven Ihm, Iowa
Raymond Knoll, Iowa
Ian Vandersee, Iowa
Brett McIntosh, Michigan
Chris O'Neill, Michigan
Jose Mendez, Minnesota
Jack Perry, Northwestern
Frederik Hammer, Ohio State
Boo Timko, Ohio State
Austin Eoff, Purdue
Enzo Perez, Purdue
Adam Schenk, Purdue

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Big Ten Medal of Honor Mondays: Northwestern

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 During the Big Ten's celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, the conference will be featuring "Medal of Honor Mondays" for 12 consecutive weeks, which will highlight a number of Medal of Honor winners from each school. This week, we feature Northwestern University.

Luke Donald (2001, golf)
Luke Donald has been a professional golfer on the PGA Tour since 2001. He's won five career events and is currently ranked #18 in the Official World Gold Rankings. During his time at Northwestern, Donald was a four-time All-American, the 1999 College Golfer of the Year, the 1999 NCAA individual champion, a three-time Big Ten Player of the Year, four-time All-Big Ten honoree, two-time Big Ten champion and a 13-time tournament medalist.

Pat Fitzgerald (1997, football)
Winner of the 1997 Big Ten Medal of Honor, Fitzgerald was one of the most decorated linebackers in college football history. He was a two-time consensus All-American, earning the honor as a junior in 1995 and a senior in 1996. He was the first repeat winner of the Bednarik Award and Nagurski Trophy and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2008. Now in his seventh season as the head coach at his alma mater, Fitzgerald has guided the Wildcats to five straight bowl games, including last year's Gator Bowl victory, their first bowl win since 1949. His name graces the conference's annual Butkus-Fitzgerald Linebacker of the Year Award.

Michele Ratay (1997, basketball)
Michele Ratay was named an honorable mention All-American and Academic All-American in 1997, the same year she earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor. The Buffalo Grove, Ill., native ranks in the top 10 of various Northwestern categories, including first in three-point field goals (244), third in points (1,798) and free throws made (442), fourth in three-point field goal percentage (.388), fifth in free throw percentage (.811) and ninth in assists (368). Ratay holds the Wildcat record for most three-pointers in a season, netting 85 in 1996. She was a two-time All-Big Ten selection (1995-96) and four-time academic All-Big Ten honoree (1994-97). Ratay led Northwestern to the WNIT final in 1996 and an NCAA Tournament berth in 1997.

Shon Morris (1988, basketball)
A 1988 recipient of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, Morris is Northwestern's only three-time Academic All-American. The leading scorer for the Wildcats in 1985-86, 1986-87 and 1987-88, Morris scored 1,407 points during his career at Northwestern. Morris' 371 free throws rank fourth in program history, and his 712 rebounds are sixth all-time. A four-year letterwinner and three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, Morris was also a three-time Northwestern MVP and was named All-Big Ten second team in 1988. The Altoona, Iowa, native serves as both a studio host and game analyst for the Big Ten Network and regularly appears on BTN Basketball Report, Tip-Off Show and The Finale. He has been an analyst for the network's Big Ten Tournament broadcasts since 2007.

Anucha Browne (1985, basketball)
A 1985 recipient of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, Browne was twice named Big Ten Player of the Year during her career (1984-85). She is the Wildcats all-time leading scorer (2,307 points) and rebounder (951) and ranks third in blocks (174) and seventh in steals (196). Browne was named a first-team All-American in 1985 and was a three-time first-team All-Big Ten selection (1983-85). She set the NCAA record by scoring 30 or more points in six straight games. Browne was named to the Big Ten's All-Decade team in 1992 and was inducted into the Northwestern Athletics Hall of Fame in 1993. She currently works for the NCAA as the Vice President of Women's Basketball Championships.

Lorie Miller (1984, volleyball)
A 1984 recipient of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, Northwestern's Lorie Miller was a four-time letterwinner for the Wildcats from 1980-83. Miller guided Northwestern to its first Big Ten title in her senior season, in which she was named first-team All-Big Ten. Miller ranks seventh all-time on Northwestern's career service aces list (198). She earned her undergraduate degree in electrical engineering and went on to earn her Masters of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western University.  

Marty Riessen (1964, tennis)
Riessen won a career Grand Slam in mixed doubles with Austrialia's Margaret Court. He also won Grand Slam titles in men's doubles. Riessen swept Big Ten singles and doubles titles for three successive years and lost in the NCAA singles final in all of those years. He was a five-time member of the U.S. Davis Cup team.

Arthur Kraft (1960, wrestling)
Kraft won a NCAA title in the 157-pound division in 1960, one year after losing a semifinal by one point to the eventual champion. He was coached by his younger brother, Ken, who had spent three years in the military. Arthur Kraft coached for 19 years at Triton College and won three national junior college championships.

Andy Cvercko (1959, football)
Cvercko played for Vince Lombardi's Green Bay Packers before becoming an engineer. He researched nuclear magnetic resonance at Argonne National Laboratories. In his senior year at Northwestern in 1958, Cvercko was tabbed a first-team All-American and Academic All-American. He was also a first-team All-Big Ten pick and two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection.

William Droegemueller (1928, track)
He won a silver medal in the pole vault at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics. He served in a hospital unit during World War II before starting his own ophthalmology practice.

Men's Golf Schedule

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April 19-20  
ILLINOIS at Boilermaker Invitational (West Lafayette, Ind.)
INDIANA at Boilermaker Invitational (West Lafayette, Ind.)
IOWA at Boilermaker Invitational (West Lafayette, Ind.)
MINNESOTA at Rutherford Intercollegiate (State College, Pa.)
MICHIGAN STATE at Boilermaker Invitational (West Lafayette, Ind.)
NORTHWESTERN at Boilermaker Invitational (West Lafayette, Ind.)
OHIO STATE at Boilermaker Invitational (West Lafayette, Ind.)
PENN STATE at Rutherford Intercollegiate (State College, Pa.)
PURDUE at Boilermaker Invitational (West Lafayette, Ind.)

April 21-22  
NEBRASKA at Oak Hill Intercollegiate (Rochester, N.Y.)

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 33

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NCAA Individual Champions
At least 96 Big Ten Medal of Honor winners have been crowned NCAA individual champions during their career, which includes athletes in the sports of men's and women's cross country, men's and women's fencing, men's golf, men's and women's gymnastics, men's and women's swimming & diving, men's tennis, men's and women's track & field and wrestling. Men's track & field and wrestling have both produced over 20 national champion Medal of Honor winners.

Men's Golf Schedule

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April 12-13  
INDIANA at NYX Hoosier Invitational (Bloomington, Ind.)
IOWA at Hawkeye Invitational (Iowa City, Iowa)
MICHIGAN at NYX Hoosier Invitational (Bloomington, Ind.)
MINNESOTA at Hawkeye Invitational (Iowa City, Iowa)
MICHIGAN STATE at Hawkeye Invitational (Iowa City, Iowa)
NEBRASKA at Hawkeye Invitational (Iowa City, Iowa)
NORTHWESTERN at Kepler Intercollegiate (Columbus, Ohio)
OHIO STATE at Kepler Intercollegiate (Columbus, Ohio)
PENN STATE at Kepler Intercollegiate (Columbus, Ohio)
WISCONSIN at Hawkeye Invitational (Iowa City, Iowa)