ROSEMONT, Ill. -- The Big Ten tied a conference record with five women's golf teams securing berths in the 2017 NCAA Championships after advancing from the regional round. Michigan, Ohio State and Purdue advanced from the Columbus Regional, while Michigan State and Northwestern earned berths after recording top-three finishes at the Athens Regional.
Ohio State wrapped up the Columbus Regional with a team score of 893 (302-289-302), finishing in fourth place. Purdue fired a three-round team total of 904 (302-305-297) and earned a fifth-place finish, while Michigan shot 908 (312-293-303) over the three rounds to finish sixth. The Buckeyes will make their conference-best 20th NCAA Championships appearance and first since 2014, Purdue is set to make its 16th trip and first since 2015, while Michigan advanced to the NCAA Championships for the second time and the first since 2002.
Individually, Purdue's Marta Martin finished in a third-place tie after completing the Columbus Regional with a 1-over par 217 (70-76-71). Ohio State's Katja Pogacar finished tied for fifth (+3), while Michigan's Elodie Van Dievoet was five over par to earn a ninth-place finish.
In the Athens Regional, Northwestern shot a third-round team score of 283 to finish the event in second place (293-295-283=871). Michigan State was just one stroke behind in third place at 872, including an opening-round team score of 284. The Wildcats will make their fifth straight NCAA Championships appearance and sixth overall, while Michigan State secured its 13th appearance and first since 2014.
Three Big Ten students finished among the individual top 10 at the Athens Regional: Northwestern's Sarah Cho (-2; T5) and Hannah Kim (-1; T8) and Michigan State's Paz Marfa (E; T10).
The NCAA Championships will be held from May 19-24 at the Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill.