Young Gophers Improve in Day Two of the Big Ten Championship
Carmen Laguna shot a round of 77 (+5) Saturday.
Carmen Laguna shot a round of 77 (+5) Saturday.

April 28, 2012

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Jackie Shepherd is three strokes back of the leader after two rounds of the Big Ten Championship. She shot her second-straight score of 73 (+1) today, at the Donald Ross Golf Course in French Lick, Ind.

As a team, Minnesota is in eighth place. The Gophers tallied a second round score of 301 (+13). The round was a seventeen-stroke improvement on its' first round. Minnesota is 29 shots behind the leader Michigan State. The Spartans shot a second round 292 (+4) to seize the lead from Ohio State. The Buckeyes are five strokes back. Michigan is in third place, nine shots back of its' in-state rival.

When looking for Minnesota's second-day improvement, Taylor Quinn is the first place to look. Her second round 74 (+2) was 12 shots better than her first round. A round of 74 matched her career best. Another freshman that improved on her first round score was Carmen Laguna. She carded a round of 77 (+5), six shots better than round one. Freshman Anna Laorr shot eight strokes better today in carding a 79 (+7).

Banchalee Theinthong tallied her second-consecutive round of 77. She is in a tie for 26th. Sarinee Thitiratanakorn improved her first-round scored by seven strokes by shooting a round of 78 (+6).

In the individual competition, Minnesota's Shepherd is one of two competitors three strokes back of the leader Lindsay Solberg of Michigan State. Solberg carded a second round of 70 (-2). Caroline Powers of Michigan State and Rachel Rohanna of Ohio State are both two strokes back.



Shepherd and the rest of the Gophers will continue the championship Sunday with the final round. Minnesota will be playing with Iowa and Nebraska.


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