Three Big Ten Squads Prepare for NCAA Women's Golf Championships

May 12, 2005

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Three Big Ten women's golf squads -- Michigan State, Ohio State and Purdue -- are set to compete at the 2005 NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championships, which will be conducted May 17-20, at the Meadows Course at Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Oregon. Oregon State University and Sunriver Resort are hosting the event.

Three regional competitions were held May 5-7. Of the 324 regional participants, 126 advanced to the finals. Eight teams and two individuals, not on a selected team, advanced from each regional. All participants will compete throughout the entire 72 holes of competition. In the team competition, the low four scores for each team will count in each day's total score.

Ohio State (285-280-291) won the East Regional with a total of 856, which marked a new school record.  The Buckeyes finished the tournament with a six-stroke win over No. 1 Duke, which ended a five-year NCAA Regional reign for the Blue Devils.  The win marks the second NCAA Regional title for OSU, as the first came at the 1997 East Regional in Bloomington, Ind.  Kristen White (73-69-72), the Big Ten Champion and Golfer of the Year, finished tied for seventh with teammate Dana Je (71-71-72) at 214, while Lindsay Knowlton (79-68-70) placed tied for 10th at 217.  Carling Coffing (72-72-77--221) tied for 19th and Jennifer Selfinger (69-80-79--228) tied for 47th.  Ohio State has finished in the top 10 at the NCAA Championships the past three years, including a all-time Big Ten best of 4th in 2003. 

With a seventh-place finish at the Central Regional, Michigan State (299-307-302--909) advanced to the NCAA Championships for the fifth time in the last six years.  Sara Brown (72-79-75) and Heather Rose (79-72-75) each tied for 20th at 226 to lead the Spartans, while Rachel Meikle (75-74-81--230) finished tied for 37th and Mandi McConnell (74-82-77--233) tied for 57th.  Rounding out the Spartan lineup was Dayna Burleigh (82-83-75--240), tied for 89th.

For the sixth-straight season, Purdue (295-309-304--908) is competing at the NCAA Championships.  The Boilermakers tied for fifth at the Central Regional.  Big Ten Freshman of the Year Whitney Frykman (71-78-75) and junior Onnarin Sattayabanphot (71-78-75) tied for sixth overall at 224.  Sophomore Myrte Eikenaar (74-76-79) tied for 31st after a total of 229.  Sophomore Caroline Haase (79-77-78--234) tied for 60th, while freshman Kara Eschbach (82-89-76--247) tied for 98th.

Currently, all three active Big Ten squads are ranked in the nation's top 50 by Golfweek/Sagarin.  No. 8 Ohio State is followed by No. 32 Purdue and No. 37 Michigan State.