Big Ten Women's Golf Championships Release
April 20, 2005
In 2004, the Big Ten Men's Golf Championships invaded the U-M Golf Course on the campus of the University of Michigan, and produced record-breaking scores and an Ohio State winner. Should the Buckeyes' women's team earn their fourth-consecutive Conference title this weekend, April 22-24, in Ann Arbor, the OSU squad would be the first team to capture four straight Big Ten Women's Golf Championships in League history.
In fact, there have only been three occasions in Big Ten men's golf history where a school has successfully won four straight League titles. Ironically, those two schools -- Ohio State (1976-77-78-79-80; 1982-83-84-85-86-87) and Michigan (1932-33-34-35-36) -- are the focus of this weekend's Women's Golf Championships.
The No. 10 Buckeyes are led by seniors Kristen White and Lindsay Knowlton, who are ranked 11th and 19th in the nation by Golfweek/Sagarin, respectively. White, the 2003 Big Ten Golfer of the Year, finished third at last year's Championships. Knowlton will be seeking revenge this season as she did not record a score at last year's event, following a disqualification in the third round.
Ohio State will be forced to deal with rival and host Michigan, as the Wolverines are currently 26th in the country and led by senior Laura Olin. Michigan has won four tournaments during the 2004-05 season, including the Lady Northern -- dubbed the Big Ten Championships Fall Preview -- in the fall on its home course. The Wolverines topped OSU by four strokes for the win, while U-M's Olin finished second with a 219 (71-74-74). In fact, all three team rounds (294-291-296--881) for the Wolverines marked the best team totals ever carded at the U-M Golf Course.
Three other Big Ten squads are ranked the nation's top 50. Purdue is 34th, Michigan State is 39th and Northwestern is ranked 43rd. The Boilermakers boast two of the top 100 golfers in the country in No. 39 Myrte Eikenaar and No. 94 Onnarin Sattayabanphot. Eikenaar placed fourth on this course with a 220 (72-72-76) back in the fall at the Lady Northern.
In the history of the Big Ten Women's Golf Championships, seven Conference squads have captured the League title. Ohio State leads all teams with 10 wins, followed by Indiana (7), Michigan State (2) and Iowa, Minnesota, Purdue and Wisconsin with one title each.
Thursday, April 21