2004 Big Ten Women's Golfers of the Week
Danah Ford, INDIANA
Senior, Indianapolis, IN/Lawrence Central
Senior Danah Ford took medalist honors at the Lady Boilermaker Invitational over the weekend. She led the Hoosiers to second place among the 12-team field, which included nine Big Ten squads. The victory marked Fordís first career individual title. The senior entered the round nine strokes ahead of the rest of field and was able to hold on and win the event by three strokes. Ford shot a three-round total 221 to finish ahead of Northwesternís Alice Kim at 224.
Michelle Carroll, ILLINOIS
Senior, Dublin, Ireland/Sancta Maria
Carroll won the first individual title of her collegiate career this past weekend. She shot a 36-hole score of 1-over par 145 to capture medalist honors in the 63-player field of the Illini Spring Classic. Carroll shot a career-best score of 1-under par 71 in Saturday's second round, the lowest score of the year by an Illinois golfer. The Dublin, Ireland native had three birdies, 13 pars and just two bogeys en route to the 71. Carrollís total of 145 ties the second best 36-hole score ever by an Illini golfer and was just one stroke off the school-record 144 set by Laurin Kanda at last yearís Illini Spring Classic.
Karen Dennison, INDIANA
Senior, Madison, IN/Madison
Dennison shined for the Hoosiers with a final-round tally of 71 to capture individual honors at the Indiana Invitational over the weekend. It was her second victory this season and sixth in her career. Dennison set an Indiana Invitational 54-hole record with a 218, one shot better than the previous mark. A native of Madison, Ind., Dennison won individual honors as the only player in the field to finish under par with a four-under 218 (76-71-71). The field included six Big Ten programs.
Laura Olin, MICHIGAN
Junior, Eden Prairie, MN/Eden Prairie
Olin won the Saluki Invitational over the weekend, marking the second individual title of her career. Her two-round total of 148 tied the school record for fewest strokes in a 36-hole event. Olinís effort helped the Wolverines capture the team title as well, marking the programís second crown of the season.
MALINDA JOHNSON, WISCONSIN
SR, EAU CLAIRE, WI/NORTH
Johnson was victorious for the second consecutive year at the Baylor-Tapatio Springs Shootout last week, posting a three-round score of 217. The victory marked her first medalist honor of 2004, although she has tied for first on two other occasions. Johnson posted a low round of 71 en route to the win. Her performance boosted the Badgers to their best finish of the spring season, as UW took fifth overall.
LAURA OLIN, MICHIGAN
JR, Eden Prairie, MN/Eden Prairie
Olin led the Maize and Blue for the seventh straight tournament, shooting a three-round total of 227 to tie for 11th at the UC Irvine Invitaitonal. Olin opened the tournament with rounds or 75 and 79, and then rallied with a one-over-par 73 in the final round to move into the top spot for the Maize and Blue. With Olinís help, the Wolverines finished fourth of the 13 team field with a season-best 54-hole tournament total of 920.
Allison Fouch, Michigan State
SR, Grand Rapids, MI/East Grand Rapids
Fouch fired an opening-round 69 in the Lady Gator Invitational, the third-lowest scoring 18-hole round in school history. She finished fourth overall in the event, marking her fourth top-five placing this season. She tallied 219 strokes over the three rounds, helping the Spartans to a third-place team showing.
Alice Kim, Northwestern
FR, Los Angeles, CA/Brentwood
Kim finished tied for fourth place at the Mo-Morial Invitational last week, an event that also included Big Ten opponents Wisconsin and Indiana. Kim tied the Badgersí Malinda Johnson for fourth place overall, shooting a three-round score of 222 for the event, with a low round of 72. As a team, the 38th-ranked Wildcats placed seventh among the 15 four-year institutions in the field.
Malinda Johnson, Wisconsin
SR, Eau Claire, WI/North
Senior Malinda Johnson began in a tie for 13th and finished in a tie for fourth with a final round score of one-under par 71. Her third round included three birdies and an eagle on the par-five 18th hole.
MALINDA JOHNSON, WISCONSIN
SR, EAU CLAIRE, WI/NORTH
Malinda Johnson finished in a three-way tie for first place at the Central District Classic in Parrish, Fla., with a final 54-hole score of 220. Johnson's tally of 76 strokes in the closing round included an eagle on the par-five, fourth hole. She tied with Brooke Tull of TCU and Christa Spedding from Texas A&M, who took home the medalist honor as her third-round total of 72 was the lowest of the three. Johnson was the top Big Ten finisher among a 15-team field field that included Michigan State, Northwestern, Iowa, Indiana and Minnesota.
SARAH MARTIN, MICHIGAN STATE
SR, GROSS ILE, MI/GROSS ILE
Martin led MSU to victory in a dual competition with Northwestern over the weekend. After firing rounds of 74 and 78 during Saturdayís preliminaries, Martin shot a tournament-best round of 73, defeating her Wildcat opponent in match play by 11 strokes.
KRISTEN WHITE, OHIO STATE
JR, DOYLESTOWN, PA/CENTRAL BUCKS EAST
White led the Buckeyes to a fourth-place finish at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge, Ohio State's spring opener. The squad's third-place finish was its highest in the nine-year history of the event. White fired a par-equaling round of 71 during on her first round and finished with a mark of 221 to tie for fourth on the individual leader board.