2005 Big Ten Women's Golf Season in Review
June 2, 2005
For the fourth consecutive year, Ohio State (301-296-300-290--1187) earned a Top 10 finish at the NCAA Women's Golf Championships, after tying with Tennessee for sixth overall at the 2005 event, held May 17-20, at the Meadows Course at Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Ore. The sixth-place finish marked the second-best performance in school history, as the Buckeyes' best finish at the NCAA Championships was fourth in 2003. Michigan State (304-301-299-302--1206) and Purdue (309-302-304-301--1216), the two other Big Ten schools competing at the NCAA Championships, placed 17th and 20th, respectively.
Ohio State garnered the top two finishes for Big Ten competitors, with Big Ten Player of the Year Kristen White (76-74-75-71) and teammate Dana Je (75-70-76-75) tying for 16th overall at 296. During the 2004-05 season, Ohio State claimed three tournament wins, had seven Top 5 finishes, and placed among the Top 10 in every event on the schedule.
This season marked the Spartans' fifth trip in the last six years to the NCAA Championships. MSU was led by Sara Brown (71-77-74-75) and Mandi McConnell (76-73-70-78), who each tied for 27th at 297.
Purdue is one of six schools that have now advanced to the last six NCAA Championships. Big Ten Freshman of the Year Whitney Frykman (76-72-78-76) was the highest-placing Boilermaker, as she tied for 55th overall at 302. Junior Onnarin Sattayabanphot (76-80-72-75) tied for 60th place at 303.
On the year, four Conference teams ended the season ranked in Golfweek/Sagarin's Top 50, as Ohio State ranked eighth, while Michigan was 27th, Michigan State was 35th and Northwestern was 43rd. Individually, White finished the season ranked 11th, while teammate Lindsay Knowlton was 20th. Purdue's Myrte Eikenaar (61) and Sattayabanphot (68), Ohio State's Je (70), and Michigan's Brianna Broderick (82) and Laura Olin (97) rounded out the Top 100 individual rankings.