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(BLOOMINGTON, IND.) April 30, 2006 - The Penn State women's golf team, led by Junior Maggie Lester (Oswego, N.Y.) finished in seventh place after four rounds at the Big Ten Championships being held at the Indiana University Golf Course. Penn State, along with the rest of the Big Ten squads, battled unseasonably cold weather and impending rain, to shoot 303-302-299-311-1215 to pass Iowa and take home the seventh place trophy.
Lester, who shot a one-over-par 73 in the first round, shot a 77 in the fourth round and finished tied for 13th place (73-77-75-77-302). Lester was honored with selection to the All Big Ten Second Team.
Co-captain and senior Amber Weinerth (Auburn, N.Y.) stepped up her play, and finished with a score of 80-72-76-78-306, and tied in 19th place overall. Weinerth received the Sportsmanship Award for Penn State.
Improving by two strokes under her third round score, Katrin Wolfe (Johnstown, Pa.) carded a 79 in the fourth. Wolfe tied for 38th overall with a final score of 76-77-81-79-313. Junior Evelyn Paik (Toronto, Ontario), who also shot a 77 in the final round, slicing three strokes from the previous round, finished tied in 40th place just one stroke behind Wolfe (81-76-80-77-314).
Co-captain Lauren Lundy (Wayne, Pa.) shot her way into a tie at 43rd and just a couple strokes behind Paik and Wolfe. Lundy, who shot a team low first round of 74, carded a 74-79-78-85-316. Sophomore Sara Lester (Walnut Creek, Calif.) finished tied for 50th. Lester scored a two-under-par in the third round to top off her four round total of 319.
Purdue took their lead and ran in the final round, with all six competitors shooting under 80. The Boilermakers finished with a team total of 1179. The Ohio State Buckeyes took second overall (1185), with Michigan State close behind in third (1191). The Wolverines of Michigan came in fourth (1202) and Northwestern (1212), along with tournament champion Alice Kim, topped off the top five teams.
The Boilermakers of Purdue also took home the top honors, including Freshman of the Year Christel Boeljon, Player of the Year Onnarin Sattayabanphot and Coach of the Year Devon Brouse.
Before the weekend, Penn State went into the field ranked 52nd nationally by Golf Week. Penn State??s top two golfers were also ranked nationally. Maggie Lester was ranked 135th and Amber Weinerth was 159th. New rankings based on this weekend??s results will be updated Monday, May 1.
For more information about the Big Ten Championships or complete final scores please visit www.bigten.org. For more information about the Penn State women??s golf squad, please go to www.gopsusports.com.