April 29, 2012
Michigan State won its second consecutive Big Ten Women’s Golf Championships and fifth overall on Sunday at the Donald Ross Course at French Lick Resort. The 23rd-ranked Spartans led after the final three rounds of the tournament, compiling a team score of 885 (+21) en route to the title. Purdue finished second, trailing Michigan State by 10 strokes at 895 (+31), while Ohio State took third at (+34).
Purdue's Laura Gonzalez took individual medalist honors at the championships, finishing with an even-par 216 through 54 holes. After posting a 6-over 78 in round one, Gonzalez fired back-to-back rounds of 3-under 69’s to finish the championships in first place. The Boilermaker junior's finish marks the fifth consecutive year that a Purdue golfer has earned medalist honors. Michigan's Yugene Lee finished with a 1-over 217 en route to second place, while Michigan State’s Caroline Powers and Lindsey Solberg, Nebraska’s Madeleine Sheils and Ohio State’s Rachel Rohanna finished tied for third with a 2-over 218 for the championships.
Gonzalez was also honored with the Mary Fossum Award, given to the Big Ten player with the lowest stroke average to par this season. The All-Championships Team featured Michigan’s Lee, Michigan State's Powers and Solberg, Nebraska’s Sheils, Ohio State’s Rohanna and Purdue’s Gonzalez.