SuGOLDEN GOPHERS TRAVEL TO MICHIGAN STATE - Minnesota heads to the Mary Fossum Invitational hosted by Michigan State in East Lansing, Mich. The 54-hole tournament will be held Saturday (36 holes) and Sunday (18 holes). Of the 18 teams competing, eight (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Penn State and Wisconsin) are Big Ten Conference schools.
REWIND: THE LADY NORTHERN INVITATIONAL -The women's golf team finished in a tie for 11th place at the Lady Northern Invitational at University Ridge in Madison, Wis. The Golden Gophers scored 317 in the third round, their best round of the tournament, to end at 967 and tie with Illinois State.
Newcomer Karyn Stordahl (Owatonna, Minn./Owatonna) recorded her second straight round of 76 and finished at 236, tying for 28th place. Junior Katie Bakken (Brooklyn Center, Minn./Brooklyn Center/California) placed 43rd at 242. Minnesota's other scorers were sophomores Megan Stier (Belle Plaine, Minn./Belle Plaine), who placed 54th at 247, and Cindy Cannon (Big Lake, Minn./ Monticello), who placed 58th at 248.
Purdue won the team competition, finishing at 896, five strokes better than host Wisconsin. Purdue's Stacy Orschell earned medalist honors by recording her second round of 71 for the tournament and finishing at 1-over- par 217.
STIER RECORDS EAGLE - Megan Stier recorded Minnesota's first eagle of the season at the Lady Northern Invitational, on the par-5 13th hole in Friday's first round. Stier finished in a tie for first after three rounds at the Minnesota Invitational Sept. 12 and took Eastern Michigan's Stephanie Smoot to six playoff holes before falling.
Team scores 1.Purdue 303-300-293-896 2.Wisconsin 306-301-294-901 3.Ohio State 304-304-307-915 Northwestern 302-313-300-915 5.Indiana 308-304-305-917 6.Kent 316-299-308-923 7.Penn State 309-322-306-937 8.Iowa 323-323-303-949 Individuals 1.Stacy Orschell, Purdue 71-75-71-217 2.Allie Blomquist, Wisconsin 74-72-72-218 3.Andrea Meeker, Wisconsin 71-75-74-220 4.Kari Damron, Purdue 75-75-72-222 5.Cheryl Tooshkenig, Kent 79-75-74-228 Andrea Lavelle, Penn State 73-76-79-228 Andrea Makauskas, Purdue, 78-74-76-228 THE COACH -Melissa Arthur is in her first season as head coach at the University of Minnesota. Arthur is the former assistant golf coach for both the men's and women's teams at Washington State University. She was a two-time All-Big Eight Conference selection at Iowa State and earned first-team All-Midwest District accolades her senior season.