Three Teams to Represent Big Ten at 2007 NCAA Women's Golf Championships
May 21, 2007
Indiana, Michigan State and Purdue will represent the Big Ten Conference this week at the 2007 NCAA Women's Golf Championships. The event will be held May 22-25, at the LPGA International Legends Course (Par 72 - 6,351 yards) in Daytona Beach, Fla., and hosted by Central Florida and the Central Florida Sports Commission.
After a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Central Regional, Indiana was named GolfWeek's Women's Team of the Week on May 14. The Hoosiers, the 17th seed in the regional, advanced to their first NCAA Championship since 1998 while also recording a program-best team total of 884 (289-295-300) for the 54-hole event. IU finished just one shot back of third-place TCU and four strokes behind runner-up Georgia. Southern California won the event at 869. Leading the way for the Hoosiers was junior Elaine Harris, who fired a 2-under-par 69 in the final round to wrap up a tie for seventh place with a total of 216 (72-75-69).
Big Ten Champion Michigan State clinched its eighth bid to the NCAA Championships with an eighth-place finish at 901 (295-295-311). The No. 21 Spartans will be led by three all-conference honorees, as junior Sara Brown and seniors Mandi McConnell and Rachel Meikle will lead the team at the tournament. Both Brown and McConnell finished in a tie for 27th at the 2005 Championships, where the team finished 17th at the event in Oregon. The 2007 season marks the sixth time in head coach Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll's 10 years that the Spartans will head to the NCAA Championships. The Spartans finished in a school record tie for 12th during the 2001 championships.
The No. 11 Purdue women's golf team has advanced to the NCAA Championships for the eighth straight year after finishing tied for fifth at the East Regional in Baton Rouge, La., with a three-round total of 2-under-par 862. The Boilermakers finished ninth in last year's championships, tying its highest finish in school history. The Boilermakers are represented by freshman Stefanie Endstrasser, sophomores Christel Boeljon, Maria Hernandez and Stephanie Oukeo and senior Myrte Eikenaar. Hernandez is Purdue's highest ranked individual and is currently rated No. 11 in the Golfweek/Sagarin poll. She was named Big Ten Player of the Year, first team All-Big Ten and won the inaugural Mary Fossum Award, given to the player in the conference with the lowest stroke-average to par.