April 29, 2012
FRENCH LICK, Ind. -
The Indiana women's golf team was one of five teams to post a score under 300 in the final round of the Big Ten Championships on the Donald Ross Course at the French Lick Resort Sunday.
The Hoosiers finished strong with a 299, finishing 12th overall with a score of 944 (334-311-299). Michigan State defended its Big Ten title, winning with a score of 885. Purdue was second (895), followed by Ohio State (898), Michigan (900) and Illinois (302).
"I think today (the team) played much more in line with how they have been playing all spring," said head coach Clint Wallman. "There was a lot of balance through the lineup, and they ended the season on a good note. I am proud of them for coming back after two very challenging rounds."
Junior Kate Coons showed her resilience by posted the low round of the tournament for IU on Sunday with a 1-over 73. After struggling the first two days with scores of 85 and 83, Coons moved up to a tie for 57th overall (241). Her final round included five birdies, including back-to-back 1-under marks on holes 14 and 14.
Freshman Elizabeth Tong capped off her freshman campaign by finished tied for 40th to lead the Hoosiers. Tong posted a tournament-best 76 on Sunday for a final score of 236 (81-79-76). Tong posted one birdie on the par-4 second hole but was steady throughout with 12 holes of par.
Junior Pamela Burneski also finished tied for 40th with a 3-over 75 on Sunday (84-77-75). Burneski tallied three birdies, with all three coming on the back nine of play.
Junior Rosie Davies capped off play with a 5-over 77 to finish tied for 53rd (84-78-77=239). Davies had a solid front nine and was at even par through 12 holes before being tripped up with a triple bogey on four and a double bogey on eight.
Senior Kristtini Cain capped her IU career by tallying a 3-over 75, placing tied for 59th overall (90-77-75=242). Cain's steady play on Sunday was evidenced in her scorecard as she posted 14 holes of par or better.
Freshman Kamryn Klawitter concluded her first Big Ten Championships with an 84, placing tied for 67th (87-80-84=251). Klawitter posted par on five of her final nine holes of the tournament.