Women's Golf Heads to Big Ten Championship
April 24, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana University women's golf team heads south to the French Lick Resort for the 2013 Big Ten Women's Golf Championship, April 26-28 on the Donald Ross Course. The par-72 course will play at 6,121 yards this weekend.
The Hoosiers are looking to improve upon last year's 12th-place finish and are coming off a fifth-place showing at the Lady Buckeye Spring Invite this past weekend.
The Big Ten Championship is a 54-hole event in a 6-count-4 format. The teams will tee off beginning at 9 a.m. ET from holes No. 1 and 10 on Friday and Saturday, with the final round start time set for 8 a.m. ET on Sunday. Live results will be available on www.GolfStat.com. The Hoosiers will tee off from hole No. 1 starting at 10 a.m. ET on Friday, playing with Ohio State and Penn State.
Leading the way for the Hoosiers is senior Rosie Davies. Davies led the Hoosiers last weekend at the Lady Buckeye Invitational, finishing tied for 11th. She has four top-10 finishes and six top-25 finishes this season and is third on the team in stroke average at 76.17. Her best Big Ten finish came in 2011 when she tied for 32nd.
Senior Kate Coons will play in the No. 2 spot after finishing tied for 26th at last week's Lady Buckeye Invitational. Coons is fourth on the team in stroke average at 76.65 with three top-10 finishes this year. Coons tied for 27th at the 2011 Big Ten Championships for her best finish at the event and placed tied for 57th at last year's event.
Sophomore Elizabeth Tong will play in the No. 3 slot for her second-straight Big Ten Championships. Tong has three victories this season, winning the IU Fall Kickoff, Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown and Indiana Invitational. She has a total of five top-10 finishes this season and leads the team in stroke average at 75.28.
Freshman Marissa DeCola will make her Big Ten Championships debut playing in the No. 4 spot. DeCola has three top-25 finishes to her credit this year and tallied season-best rounds of 72 at the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational, Johnie Imes Invitational and the Mountain View Collegiate.
Graduate student Kristen Schelling will also be playing in her first Big Ten Championships. Schelling is second on the team in stroke average at 75.62, with five top-10 finishes under her belt. Schelling tied for third at the Hoosier Fall Invitational at Belterra Resort while also finishing tied for sixth at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown and the Westbrook Spring Invitational.
Senior Pamela Burneski has battled through injury for the second-straight season and will play in the six slot. Burneski has made just five 54-hole tournament appearances this season, with her top showing a tie for 22nd at last fall's Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown. Burneski has never finished worse than 40th at the Big Ten event, with her best showing a tie for 31st in 2011.
Michigan State is the defending Big Ten Champion and enters the tournament as the No. 3 seed (No. 27 Golfweek). Purdue is the No. 1 seed and lead the Big Ten in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings at No. 11. Northwestern is the No. 2 seed (No. 19 Golfweek). Penn State is the No. 4 seed (No. 42 Golfweek) and Ohio State the No. 5 seed (No. 47 Golfweek). Indiana is the No. 6 seed and is ranked 56th in Golfweek/Sagarin.
2013 Big Ten Tournament Seedings
No. 1 Purdue (No. 11 Golfweek/No. 15 GolfStat)
No. 2 Michigan State (No. 27 Golfweek/No. 24 GolfStat)
No. 3 Northwestern (No. 19 Golfweek/No. 29 GolfStat)
No. 4 Ohio State (No. 47 Golfweek/No. 36 GolfStat)
No. 5 Penn State (No. 42 Golfweek/No. 51 GolfStat)
No. 6 Indiana (No. 56 Golfweek/No. 59 GolfStat)
No. 7 Wisconsin (No. 57 Golfweek/No. 56 GolfStat)
No. 8 Minnesota (No. 66 Golfweek/No. 67 GolfStat)
No. 9 Iowa (No. 77 Golfweek/No. 85 GolfStat)
No. 10 Michigan (No. 90 Golfweek/No. 90 GolfStat)
No. 11 Illinois (No. 119 Golfweek/No. 119 GolfStat)
No. 12 Nebraska (No. 129 Golfweek/No. 132 GolfStat)
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