Fall 2007 - Senior: Totaled the fifth-best stroke average of 80.22 in nine rounds ... Carded a season-low round of 74 in the second round of the Shootout at the Legends, helping the Illini tally the second-lowest team 54-hole total ... Recorded her best finish (T-29th) and 54-hole total (235) at the Shootout at the Legends.
2006-07 - Junior: Played 20 rounds while recording the second lowest team average of 78.75 ... Carded a career-best round of 71 in the final round at the Shootout at the Legends, helping the Illini break the team 54-hole school record ... That round of 71 tied Seul Ki Park for the lowest round of the season by an Illini ... Tallied the team's second-lowest 54-hole individual total (225) to finish tied for 16th at the Shootout at the Legends, her best individual finish of the season ... Was one of the Illinois' top three players in six of her seven tournaments ... Academic All-Big Ten.
2005-06 - Sophomore: Totaled the fourth-best stroke average for second year in a row with a 79.47 ... Played 32 rounds total, competing in all 11 of the team's tournaments ... Shot a career-low of 72 in the second round of Michigan State's Mary Fossum Invitational during the fall season... Best finish was second at the Plantation Inn Invitational, shooting 157 ... Top tournament score was 227 at the Lady Buckeye Invitational, where she also posted her season-best finish (T-35th) ... Academic All-Big Ten.
2004-05 - Freshman: Totaled fourth-best stroke average on the team ... Played in eight tournaments, posting a season-best 75 three times ... Recorded two top-20 finishes - at the Springlake Intercollegiate (T-6th) and the Illini Spring Classic (T-18th) ... George Huff Award recipient.
Earned four varsity letters for golf ... Won her IHSA regional championship with an even-par 74 ... Won the Waukegan Invitational with a 76...Played in the IHSA state tournament all four years ... Sophomore year finished 22nd at State ... Placed fifth at State Championship during junior year ... Senior year, finished second at State Championship ... Played on conference championship team in sophomore and junior years ... Three-time All-state golfer ... Junior year, carded a three under par at the State Championship ... Won two North Suburban Conference titles and captured medalist honors her junior year at the Waukegan Invitational and IHSA Deerfield Regional ... Tied for third at the Illinois Women's Golf Association State Junior Girls' Championship and qualified for the 2003 USGA Junior Girls' Championship in Fairfield, Conn.
Born July 3, 1986 ... Daughter of Joseph and Melinda Burden ... Majoring in advertising ... Father, Joseph, played golf at the University of Illinois from 1969-72 and played professionally after college ... Sister, Elizabeth, played golf at Northwestern University from 1999-02 ... Uncle, Mark Burden, played golf at Duke University from 1975-78 ... Also has another older sister, Anna ... Hobbies include singing/music theater, sports and working out ... Biggest thrill in sports was qualifying for the 2003 USGA Junior Girls' Championship in Fairfield, Conn. ... Lists Davis Love III as her favorite athlete "because he is very poised on the golf course" ... Recognizes the University of Illinois as special to her family because it is where her parents met and because her grandfather, Loren Tate, is a sports writer for the Champaign News-Gazette ... Lists her very supportive father as the most influential person in her golf career.
Burden's Career Statistics
Year Rounds Shots Avg. Low 18 2004-2005 20 1,625 81.35 75 (3) 2005-2006 32 2,543 79.47 72 2006-2007 20 1,575 78.75 71 Fall 2007 9 722 80.22 74 TOTALS 81 6,465 79.81 71