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    Lucas Leads, Illini in Third on Day One of Big Ten Championships
    Senior Nora Lucas is tied for first after carding an opening round 72 at the 2012 Big Ten Championships.

    Senior Nora Lucas is tied for first after carding an opening round 72 at the 2012 Big Ten Championships.

    April 27, 2012

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    FRENCH LICK, Ind. - After round one of the 2012 Big Ten Championships, the Illinois women's golf team sits in third place with a 304 (+16), while senior Nora Lucas is tied for first individually after an opening round 72. The Illini are just six strokes behind leaders Ohio State(298) and Michigan State (298). Illinois leads fourth-place Michigan (305) by one stroke, while Northwestern (307) finished the day in fifth place.

    "It was a very solid day overall," head coach Renee Slone said. "We took advantage of the opportunities that we had and managed our mistakes well. We are in good position and looking forward to another good day tomorrow."

    Lucas is tied for the top spot with Michigan State's Caroline Powers after each fired an even-par round on the Donald Ross Course. The Glenview, Ill., native posted six birdies in the first round. Senior Katelin Dilger and sophomore Ember Schuldt finished day one in a tie for 19th place after carding a five-over par 77.

    "Nora played a very good round today," Slone said. "She also put herself in a great position after day one and really managed the course well. She gave herself many opportunities and was able to make the birdie putts."

    Senior Hailey Koschmann shot a 78 (+6) in the first round to finish in a tie for 25th place. Senior Samantha Sloan and freshman Michelle Mayer are tied for 35th after each posting a 79 (+7).

    The second round of the Big Ten Championships starts at 8 a.m. CT on Saturday, followed by the third and final round on Sunday. Live scoring can be found on golfstat.com while a recap of the second round can be found on fightingillini.com.

    Big Ten Championships Results after 18 Holes
    3rd of 12 ILLINOIS 304 (+16)
    T-1st Nora Lucas 72 (E)
    T-19th Katelin Dilger 77 (+5)
    T-19th Ember Schuldt 77 (+5)
    T-25th Hailey Koschmann 78 (+6)
    T-35th Samantha Sloan 79 (+7)
    T-35th Michelle Mayer 79 (+7)

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