April 29, 2007
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State captured its third Big Ten Championship in school history and its first since 2001 after tallying a final-round of 298 on Sunday at the Forest Akers West Golf Course in East Lansing, Mich. Under beautiful blue skies and 75-degree temperatures, the Spartans (300-300-290-298--1188) rolled to the 72-hole title, finishing 13 shots ahead of second-place Purdue.
"It is an unbelievable feeling to win a Big Ten title, but it makes it so much more special to win it on our home course," said MSU head coach Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll. "This means so much to our team, the athletic department and the community. I couldn't be happier with the way we played. They were so focused and ready to win it from the beginning."
The Boilermakers (309-308-296-288) placed second at 1201, followed by Northwestern (313-307-301-297--1218), Ohio State (313-309-302-303--1227) and Indiana (311-315-304-314--1244).
Rounding out the 11-team field was Illinois (320-314-313-307--1254), Michigan (319-317-307-312--1255), Iowa (319-323-307-308--1257), Wisconsin (317-322-322-311--1272), Penn State (327-321-311-316--1275) and Minnesota (322-326-320-316--1284).
MSU's Rachel Meikle (71-69-73-71--284) posted a remarkable championship run claiming individual honors in record fashion. The Spartan senior shattered the Big Ten Championships' 72-hole mark, closing out the tournament with a 4-under-par 284. She broke the record of 287, registered by Indiana's Danah Ford in 2004. In the final round, Meikle notched four birdies and an eagle, while also tallying four bogeys to close out the 2007 tournament.
In yesterday's third round, Meikle also established the 54-hole mark (213), eclipsing the previous record of 214 held by Ohio State's Cathy Kratzert (1983), Purdue's Stacy Orschell (2000) and Northwestern's Alice Kim (2006).
"Rachel (Meikle) had the best frame of mind throughout this tournament - so focused," said Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll. "We were at the driving range yesterday, when I noticed what number her cart had on it - No. 1. I pointed it out to her and she hadn't even noticed, but I just thought how surreal. And then she won it today. But she was determined to play well throughout these three days."
In the final day, Purdue's Christel Boeljon (72-75-72-74--293) edged Michigan State's Mandi McConnell (74-75-72-73--294) for second place by one shot, while Purdue's Maria Hernandez (80-74-73-70) followed in fourth place at 297. Northwestern's Alice Kim (78-73-74-74), the 2006 individual medalist, closed out the top five with a score of 299.