Purdue Enters Final Round Looking For Second-Ever Title
April 29, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - While the weather for the final round of the 2006 Big Ten Women's Golf Championships remains unclear, what is clear, is that three teams enter Sunday as strong contenders for the conference title.
Michigan State and Ohio State, which began the day tied for second behind the Boilermakers, did not lose sight of one another throughout the third round. The Spartans (296-294-293--883) sit two strokes back of Purdue, while four-time defending conference champion Ohio State (293-297-296--886) is third, five shots shy of the lead.
Host Indiana (300-292-301--893) sits fourth at 893, two strokes ahead of Michigan (296-301-298--895). Northwestern (297-3030-302--902) is sixth, followed by Iowa (301-302-299--904) and Penn State (303-302-299--904). Rounding out the field is Wisconsin (313-300-318--936), Minnesota (311-307-318--936) and Illinois (321-304-314--939).
Individually, Northwestern's Alice Kim (68-72-74--214) holds a two-shot advantage over Michigan State's Sara Brown (72-73-71--216) and looks to become the first Wildcat to capture medalist honors in school history.
A day after setting the 36-hole Big Ten Championships record of 140, the NU junior tied the 54-hole record of 214, which was set by Ohio State's Cathy Kratzert in 1983 and matched in 2000 by Purdue's Stacy Orschell.
Indiana's Elaine Harris, who battled throughout to a 4-over 76, is tied for third individually at 217, six shots less than her previous 54-hole career best. Ohio State's Carling Coffing (72-74-71--217) fired a third-round 71 to finish at 217 as well.
Three golfers are at 219 and help make up the top five in Indiana's Shannon Johnson (75-72-72), Michigan's Amy Schmucker (74-74-71) and Purdue's Maria Hernandez (72-73-74).
Sunday's regularly-scheduled 18-hole tee-time format, which was to begin at 8 a.m. ET, has been altered to an 8:30 a.m. shotgun, due to concerns for weather. The forecast calls for rain in the Bloomington area Saturday night, which is not supposed to subside until Tuesday.