The University of Minnesota women's golf team improved on its opening round 303 by posting a second round 297 and is in seventh place at the 2010 Big Ten Championships. The Gophers are only five strokes out of fifth place and nine strokes from fourth with 36 holes remaining at University Ridge Golf Club in Madison, Wis.
Junior Samantha Sommers has put together a career season and she is keeping that going by carding a pair of one-over par 73's on day one and will head into Saturday in a tie for eighth place. Sommers came into the championships with a career stroke average of 78.71 but has played this season to a career-low 76.48 stroke average, second lowest on the team.
Teresa Puga, who has led the Gophers in many of the tournaments this season and has the team's lowest stroke average, is in a tie for 18th place after posting rounds of 75-74 (149). Michele Edlin carded two scores lower than her season average (76-77) and is in a tie for 31st place.
Mary Narzisi is in a tie for 41st place with a 36-hole score of 155 (82-73) while Christine Herzog is in 57th and freshman Jackie Shepherd sits alone in 65th place.
The Purdue Boilermakers, the winner of two of the last three Big Ten Championships, leads the event by 15 strokes over Michigan State. Ohio State is in second followed by Wisconsin, Northwestern and Indiana. Purdue came into the Championships as the eighth ranked team in the nation according to the most recent Golfweek/Sagarin ratings.
Michigan's Ashley Bauer set a Big Ten and tied the course record with a seven-under 65 in the second round and leads the championships by one stroke over Laura Kueny of Michigan State and Maude-Aimee LeBlanc of Purdue.
The Big Ten Championships will resume on Saturday at 9:00 a.m. and can be followed live on www.golfstat.com.