April 24, 2014
BIG TEN WOMEN’S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS PREVIEW
All 12 Big Ten women’s golf teams will travel to French Lick Resort in French Lick, Ind., this weekend to compete for the conference title at the 2014 Big Ten Women’s Golf Championships. The event will be held at the 6,017-yard, par-72 Pete Dye Course.
The championships begin Friday, with first-round action beginning at 9 a.m. ET. Saturday’s second round will also tee off at 9 a.m., while Sunday’s third round will begin at 8 a.m.
The field for this year’s championships features 14 of the top 20 finishers from last season’s Big Ten Championships, which was claimed by Northwestern and Purdue. The Wildcats return Kaitlin Park (6th), Devon Brown (T-7th), Elizabeth Szokol (T-9th), Hana Lee (T-12th) and Suchaya Tangkamolprasert (T-16th), while the Boilermakers welcome back Aurora Kan (T-9th). Michigan State’s Christine Meier (T-3rd) and Allyssa Ferrell (5th) also return, while Minnesota’s Carmen Laguna (T-9th) returns for the Golden Gophers. Ohio State’s Jan Chanpalangsri (T-20th), Penn State’s Katlyn Elliott (T-3rd) and Ellen Ceresko (T-16th) and Wisconsin’s Alexis Nelson (T-12th) and Kris Yoo (T-16th) are also among last year’s top 20 returning players.
Four Big Ten teams are ranked among the top 50 according to the latest Golfweek/Sagarin national rankings. Northwestern leads the way at No. 12, followed by No. 25 Ohio State, No. 31 Michigan State and No. 48 Wisconsin.
Northwestern and Purdue shared the Big Ten Championship last season after shooting a three-round score of 884. Michigan State finished third with a score of 889, Penn State took fourth (900) and Indiana (916) rounded out the top five.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Friday, April 25
9 a.m. - Round 1 Begins
Saturday, April 26
9 a.m. - Round 2 Begins
Sunday, April 27
8 a.m. - Round 3 Begins
All Times Eastern
BTN will provide tape-delayed coverage of the Big Ten Women’s Golf Championships on Wednesday, May 7 at 7 p.m. ET.
All media inquiries should be made through the French Lick Resort media relations department.
Contact: Brendan Sweeney
BIG TEN MEDAL OF HONOR 100th ANNIVERSARY SPOTLIGHT
This year, the Big Ten is celebrating 100 years of the Big Ten Medal of Honor. The conference’s most prestigious award, the Big Ten Medal of Honor was first awarded in 1915 to one student-athlete from the graduating class of each university who had “attained the greatest proficiency in athletics and scholastic work.” In the 99 years of the Medal of Honor, over 1,300 student-athletes have earned this distinction, including 17 Big Ten women’s golfers. Throughout the course of the season, the conference will highlight previous Big Ten Medal of Honor recipients, featuring some of the legends of the Big Ten who have earned this prominent achievement.