Big Ten Women's Golf Still in Hunt for NCAA Regional Championships Entering Final Round
May 6, 2011
Round 2 of the NCAA Women's Golf Regionals concluded on Friday with four Big Ten teams holding places in the top eight of their respective regionals. Three conference teams enter Saturday's final round in the top eight of the Central Regional, led by Minnesota in a tie for second place. Purdue leads the Big Ten contingent at the East Regional, sitting in third place through 36 holes.
The Gophers shot a 9-over 297 to jump into a tie for second place, moving their 36-hole total to a 22-over 598. Ohio State holds fifth place at 31-over, while Northwestern is tied for sixth at 32-over. Wisconsin ranks 15th after Round 2 at 43-over, followed by Illinois in 16th (+46) and Michigan in 17th (+47). Minnesota's Samantha Sommers is tied for third individually to lead all conference golfers in the regional, sitting at 2-over through the first two rounds.
The Boilermakers fired a 3-under 285 in the second round to push their total to a 4-over 580 entering Round 3. Michigan State is tied for ninth at 20-over. Individually, the Spartans' Caroline Powers posted a 3-under 69 in the second round, helping her take second place entering Saturday's final round.
The third and final round of the NCAA Women's Golf Regionals begins at 8 a.m. ET on Saturday, with the top eight teams and top two individuals advancing to the NCAA Championships.