Michigan State and Minnesota Share Big Ten Title
April 29, 2007
COLUMBUS, OHIO - Michigan State and Minnesota shared the conference title at the 2007 Big Ten Men's Golf Championships on Sunday at the Scarlet Golf Course on the Ohio State University campus. Entering the final round with a six-stroke lead, the Spartans shot 19-over-par on the final 18 holes to finish at 1192 for the weekend, while the Gophers shot 10-over on the day to storm back from a 10th-place standing after Round 1.
The championship is the third in Michigan State's history as the Spartans also won in 1969 and 2005. The crown marks Minnesota's fifth as the Gophers were also winners in 1929, 1938, 1963, 1972, 2002 and 2003. The co-championship is the first time in Big Ten history that two teams have shared the conference title.
Michigan State will receive the Big Ten's automatic NCAA qualification as the Spartans entered the weekend with the higher team ranking.
Minnesota entered the day in third place, nine strokes back of Michigan State, but tied the Spartans midway through the course at 48-over. The Gophers trailed by as many as five strokes over the back nine, but made up ground over the last three holes by shooting at even-par as MSU went 5-over in that same stretch.
With a share of the team championship on the line, Minnesota's Bronson La'Cassie birdied on the 18th hole while Michigan State's Matt Harmon made par, evening the team scores at 1192 each.
Purdue (299-292-304-301 - 1196) finished in third, shooting 17-over in he final round to finish at 60-over for the weekend.
In fourth place, host Ohio State (295-306-301-303 - 1205) shot 69-over on the Championships with a 19-over 303 on Sunday.
Wisconsin (306-295-301-305 - 1207) rounded out the top five, going 21-over in the final round to finish at 71-over for the weekend.
Completing the field, Indiana (299-303-300-311 - 1213) and Penn State (301-306-303-303 - 1213) tied for sixth while Northwestern (298-303-307-313 - 1221) took eighth. Illinois (302-305-307-309 - 1223) and Michigan (298-312-307-306 - 1223) shared the ninth position, and Iowa (315-312-312-317 - 1256) came in 11th.
Purdue's Pariya Junhasavasdikul claimed the individual title, finishing the Championships with a 1-over 285. The senior birdied the 18th hole to finish at even-par on the day, also winning the Les Bolstad Award, given to the player with the lowest season-stroke average.
The individual title is the 13th in the history of the Boilermaker program, and Junhasdavasdikul is the first golfer from Purdue to take home the Les Bolstad award.
La'Cassie came in second with a 9-over 293 for the weekend, shooting a 1-over 72 in the final round to move up two places from his third-round standing.
Close behind La'Cassie, Michigan State's Matt Harmon also shot a 1-over in the final round to conclude the Championships at 10-over.
Ohio State's David Vallina, Michigan State's Ryan Brehm and Penn State's Robert Rohanna all tied for fourth at 11-over 295.