Big Ten Women's Golf Season in Review
June 2, 2011
Big Ten women's golf concluded a successful campaign at the NCAA Championships, with Purdue earning a runner-up finish to lead the three conference teams in the field. The championships, held at Traditions Club in Bryan, Texas, saw the Boilermakers finish four strokes out of first place.
Purdue carded a four-round total of 1177 en route to its sixth-straight top-10 finish at the event, while Minnesota finished 19th with a team score of 1213 and Ohio State took 21st place at 1221. Laura Gonzalez-Escallon led Purdue on the individual leaderboard, closing the tournament with a 2-under 286 to take third place. Michigan State's Caroline Powers (T-6th) and the Boilermakers' Numa Gulyanamitta (T-8th) also earned top-10 finishes individually.
Michigan State took home its fourth conference title and its first since 2007 at the Big Ten Championships at Lake Shore Country Club in Glencoe, Ill. The Spartans took the lead during the second round and remained in front for the rest of the tournament, turning in a team score of 1180. Purdue took second at 1185, followed by Northwestern in third at 1187.
Gulyanamitta picked up medalist honors after carding a 1-under 287 for the tournament. The Big Ten Player of the Year and Mary Fossum Award winner recorded three consecutive rounds of 1-under to become the fourth-straight medalist from Purdue. Northwestern's Lauren Weaver fired a 2-over 290 to take second place, while teammate Alex Lederhausen posted a 4-over 292 to take third. Powers finished with a 5-over 293, and fellow Spartan Lindsey Solberg turned in a 6-over 295 to round out the top five.
Indiana's Lindsay Gahm earned Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors while Northwestern's Emily Fletcher and Wisconsin's Todd Oehrlein received Co-Coach of the Year laurels.
Gonzalez-Escallon and Gulyanamitta received second-team All-America honors at the conclusion of the NCAA Championships.