April 29, 2012
Minnesota finished eighth at the Big Ten Championship in French Lick, Ind. The team combined on a three round score of 918 (+54) at the Donald Ross Golf Course.
Minnesota, a very young team, showed improvement throughout the tournament, Minnesota took strokes off its' score every round. Sunday, the team shot an 11-over 299. Junior Jackie Shepherd showed her experience, leading Minnesota and finishing in a tie for seventh. She tallied a final round score of 74 (+2) to finish the tournament with a 220 (+4). She concluded the tournament four strokes back of the champion.
Sarinee Thitiratanakorn turned in the best round by a Gopher Sunday. She fired a 1-over 73. The round was a 12-shot improvement over her first round. Banchalee Theinthong also showed improvement on the final day. Her 3-over round of 75 was two strokes better than each of her previous rounds.
Taylor Quinn posted her second-straight solid round with a 77 (+5) Sunday. She collected a score of 237 (+21) for the tournament. Freshman Carmen Laguna, who has had a breakthrough season for the Gophers, posted a 6-over 78 to finish the tournament at 238 (+22) Another freshman, Anna Laorr, ended her tournament by shooting an 85 (+13).
Michigan State captured the team title. The Spartans carded an 885 (+21), which was 10 strokes better than second-place Purdue. Boilermaker Laura Gonzalez used back-to-back rounds of 3-under 69 to capture the individual medal. Gonzalez shot an even-par 216 for the tournament. Her score was one stroke better than Michigan's Yugene Lee, who fired a 217 (+1) and finished second.