U takes 11th in pre-conference meet

by Adam Fink

Minnesota women’s golf coach Katie Weiss said the Lady Boilermaker Invitational would allow the Gophers to gauge where they stack up against many other Big Ten teams.

After finishing 11th in the tournament Sunday, Minnesota found that it has a lot of work to do before this weekend’s Big Ten Championships.

The tournament field for the event in West Lafayette, Ind., included Big Ten teams Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Northwestern, Wisconsin and Purdue, which hosted the two-day tournament at the Kampen Golf Course.

Four other teams were included in the 54-hole competition.

Big Ten rival Michigan State took home the team prize with a three-round score of 918. All of the Big Ten teams competing finished ahead of Minnesota.

Indiana’s Danah Ford took home the top individual honors, posting a 5-over-par for the second-place Hoosiers.

The Gophers’ score of 979 put them 51 shots out of the lead.

Individually, the team was led by Terra Petsinger.

The junior tied for 12th place overall with a score of 16-over-par. She was the Gophers’ leader after the first day and shot a 77 in the final round.

After Petsinger, however, Minnesota didn’t get the scores it needed from the rest of its rotation.

Sophie Stubbs finished in 35th place, 29 strokes above par. Sarah Butler, who is the Gophers’ surprise golfer of the spring thus far, finished 37 strokes above par. Teammate Jessica Thomas posted an identical score.

Katie Jacobson finished 49 strokes above par.

The Gophers finished the first day of the tournament in 10th place, a whopping 50 shots behind leader Indiana. After the two rounds, Illinois was the only Big Ten school behind Minnesota in the standings.

Ohio State, the defending Big Ten champion, did not compete at this event. The Buckeyes had the weekend off from competitions.

The Big Ten Championships begin Friday in Columbus, Ohio.