April 26, 2012
The Gophers will be competing at the Big Ten Championships in French Lick, Ind. The event will begin at the Donald Ross Golf Course on Friday. The three-day event will last through Sunday. The event can be followed at golfstat.com. On day one in French Lick, Minnesota will play with Penn State and Iowa.
Minnesota comes off a seventh place finish at the Lady Buckeye Invitational. The team shot a score of 943 (+79). They were lead by Banchalee Theinthong. She finished tied for fourth among individuals after shooting a 228 (+12).
The Gophers competed at the Lady Northern in October. The event took place on the same Donald Ross course that they will compete at this weekend. Banchalee Theinthong carded a score of 227 (+14) to top the Gophers.
Head coach Michele Redman believes the team is ready for the challenge the course will provide. "I think (the players) are more excited than anything. I know they feel their games are coming around. We just keep improving each tournament."
The field: features all 12 Big Ten teams including Minnesota. Ohio State and Michigan State are both ranked. The Buckeyes are No. 22 and the Spartans are No. 25. The tournament will be rounded out by: Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan, Indiana, Purdue, Illinois, Northwestern, Nebraska, Wisconsin, and Iowa. Michigan State won last year's tournament by three strokes.
Course: The team has played the golf course before at the Lady Northern Invitational. The historic Donald Ross course was restored to its original early 20th century design in 2006. It is one of only two public Ross courses in the state of Indiana. The par-72 course will play 6,156 yards. The course will host the championship for the next three years.
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