Illinois Struggles Early, Improves in Round Two
April 28, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The University of Illinois women's golf team kept pace with much of the Big Ten Championships field in Friday's second round but the team's initial difficulties on the Indiana University Golf Course (par 72, 6,142 yards) led to last-place standing prior to Saturday's third round.
Less than a week after finishing the Lady Buckeye Invitational with a season-low 298, Illinois opened with a spring-high 321. Five of six Orange and Blue golfers needed at least three more strokes in round one than in round two. Sophomore Casey Burden was the only player with almost identical rounds. She is tied for 45th place. Teammates Stephanie Mory and Megan Godfrey (+12) needed one fewer stroke than Burden and are tied for 41st.
Similar to the fall Big Ten preview when the Illini subtracted 13 strokes from their opening-round total, Friday's second-round total decreased by 17 strokes. Both Godfrey and junior Meghan Naik took eight strokes off their initial scores.
Northwestern's Alice Kim (-4) edged host Indiana's Elaine Harris (-3) for the overall lead on day one. Kim and Harris were the lone players to break par. Purdue (586) holds a four-stroke advantage over Ohio State and Michigan State in the team standings.
Big Ten Championship results (through two of four rounds) 1. Purdue 290-296=586 T2. Ohio State 293-297=590 T2. Michigan State 296-294=590 4. Indiana 300-292=592 5. Michigan 296-301=597 6. Northwestern 297-303=600 7. Iowa 301-302=603 8. Penn State 303-302=605 9. Wisconsin 313-300=613 10. Minnesota 311-307=618 11. ILLINOIS 321-304=625