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Hoosier women finish 7th at Big Ten Golf Championships

April 24, 2011

GLENCOE, Ill. -- The Indiana women's golf team posted a seventh-place finish at the 2011 Big Ten Women's Golf Championships at the Lake Shore Country Club in Glencoe, Ill.

The Hoosiers put up a final-round tally of 304 to finish with a 1221 (305-302-310-304).

Michigan State was crowned team champion with a score of 1180, five strokes ahead of runner-up Purdue. Northwestern was third (1187), with Wisconsin fourth (1195) and Ohio State fifth (1200). Purdue's Numa Gulyanamitta was the individual medalist with a score of 287 (74-71-71-71).

"I thought overall we did pretty good," said head coach Clint Wallman. "Again we got off to a rugged start but they rebounded and closed solid. There is definitely room for improvement, but the good news was we hung in there and tried to make every stroke count.

"I feel like this weekend's performances really bodes well for the future. With four of the six making their Big Ten debut, this was a huge learning experience for all of them, especially the freshmen. This is going to pay remarkable dividends as the freshmen moved for ward in the program. We have a great foundation of freshmen and sophomores to take IU golf into the future."

Freshman Lindsay Gahm wrapped up her first Big Ten Championship as the Hoosiers' top finisher, placing tied for 21st with a score of 304 (78-75-76-75). Gahm posted a final-round score of 75 on Sunday, hitting par on 13 holes and posting birdies on the par-4 12th hole and the par-3 15th hole.

Also taking part in her first Big Ten championship event, junior Kristtini Cain finished 26th with rounds of 77-77-77-76 (307). Cain had a steady final round for the Hoosiers, recording par on 14 of the 18 holes.

One shot back from Cain was sophomore Kate Coons, who tied for 27th at 308 (74-79-79-76). Coons had a pair of birdies on Sunday in her round of 76, taking strokes off on the par-3 fifth hole and the par-3 17th hole.

Freshman Sophie Hayashi finished tied for 29th in her first Big Ten Championship with a score of 309 (76-76-78-79). Hayashi started Sunday's round slow with bogeys on the first four holes but came back to go -1 over the final five holes of the front nine. She also hit par on six of the final nine holes.

Sophomore Rosie Davies came away with a top-35 finish, placing tied for 32nd with a tally of 310 (79-74-80-77). Davies' 77 on Sunday included a birdie on the par-3 fifth hole, and pars on the first six holes of the back nine.

Senior Lauren Giesecke closed out her IU career with a final score of 317 (78-79-80-80), good for a tie for 51st. Giesecke's final round included pars on 13 of the 18 holes.

"The Big Ten is always tough conference, but I am very optimistic about the direction we are going and know in the years ahead of us will be a much stronger contender for our conference title," Wallman said. "I really believe that starts tomorrow to prepare to play at a higher level. We will take these lessons, put them into practice and come back to school in fall ready to play."