May 16, 2011
Three Big Ten teams and one individual golfer travel to Bryan, Texas, this week to compete in the 2011 NCAA Women's Golf Championships. Minnesota, Ohio State and Purdue each qualified for the championships by virtue of their top-eight regional finish, while Michigan State's Caroline Powers made the cut based on her individual finish at regionals.
The championships, hosted by Texas A&M University, will be held at the Traditions Club. The par-72, 6,260-yard course will host 24 teams and six individuals during the tournament, which begins on Wednesday and runs through Saturday. All participants will compete through all four rounds.
The Boilermakers seek their second-straight NCAA Championship after taking the national title last season. Purdue finished sixth in the East Regional to lock up its spot in this year's championships field. Laura Gonzalez-Escallon led the Boilermakers, finishing at 1-over for the tournament to tie for sixth individually. The championships appearance is Purdue's 12th in a row.
The Buckeyes are making their Big Ten-leading 17th NCAA Championships appearance and first since 2009. Ohio State earned a berth to the championships after taking sixth in the Central Regional. Rachel Rohanna paced the Buckeyes at regionals, tying for eighth individually.
The Golden Gophers earned a spot in the championships field for the second time in program history with their previous appearance coming in 1989. Minnesota placed third in the Central Regional to advance to the championships, using a sixth-place finish from Samantha Sommers to claim a spot in the field.
Powers enters the field for the first time in her career, winning a playoff after tying for sixth in the East Regional. The sophomore has earned top-10 finishes in both of her postseason tournaments this season, adding a fourth-place finish at the Big Ten Championships to her regional performance.