Minnesota freshman Teresa Puga shot a final round 72 in the 2008 Big Ten Championships and helped lead the Gopher women’s golf team to an eighth place tie with Iowa, its best since finishing seventh in the 2004 event. Minnesota’s combined score of 1,231 is the second lowest 72-hole tournament score in school history.
Puga, who finished sixth individually, carded a four-round total of 299 (77, 74, 75, 73), the third lowest 72-hole total for a Gopher golfer in school history. Fellow freshman Mary Narsizi shot her second consecutive 76 to finish in a tie for 23rd with a 306 (76, 78, 76, 76). By shooting 306, Narsizi tied former Gophers’ Kate Hughes and Karyn Stordahl for the eighth best 72-hole total.
Junior Paige Bromen, playing in her first Big Ten Championships, finished in a tie for 35th place with a 311 (76, 79, 77, 79). Freshman Samantha Sommers finished in a tie for 47th with a 318 (79, 79, 80, 80) while freshman Michele Edlin and junior Young Na Lee finished 62nd and 64th, respectively.
Purdue won the team title with a 17-over 1,169, 21 shots better than second place Michigan State. Ohio State, Indiana and Michigan round out the top five.
The Boilermakers also garnered the individual title, as Maria Hernandez cruised to medalist honors with a 7-under 281. Christel Boeljon, also of Purdue, finished second with a 3-over 291.