Five Big Ten men’s golf teams entered the weekend with NCAA Championships aspirations, but Illinois and Iowa were the only ones to advance in regional action. Illinois and Iowa are off to the Championships at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif., while Indiana, Northwestern and Purdue missed out in their respective regionals. Read about all the teams in this post.
Michigan State, Ohio State and Purdue advanced to the NCAA Women’s Golf Championships following the conclusion of the regional championships on Saturday. Each team finished in the top eight of their respective regionals to move on to the championships.
It appears Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon and Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis will tee off against each other again on July 24 in their ongoing friendly competitive golf series. Brandon and Hollis hammered out the deal on Twitter and we have the tweets to prove it. Looks like Brandon gets to pick the course, too. Do you remember who won last year? And these guys are so into it, the showdown has its own Twitter account (@B1GADGOLF). You can watch video from last year’s match at MSUSpartans.com.
The Big Ten Conference released its Big Ten Men’s and Women’s Golf All-Conference Teams and individual award winners Tuesday. See all the teams and superlative winners in this post.
The 2012 Big Ten Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships took place at the Pete Dye Course at French Lick this weekend, and reigning champs, Illinois and Michigan State, hoisted the hardware again Sunday afternoon. Read about the Illinois men winning its fourth straight crown and the Michigan State women claiming its second consecutive title in this post.
Northwestern won its third consecutive Big Ten Match Play Championship on Saturday at The Concession Golf Club, defeating Minnesota 3-1-1 in the finals. Wins from Eric Chun, Jack Perry and Bennett Lavin pushed the seventh-seeded Wildcats to the win over the eighth-seeded Gophers and to their 14th win in 15 matches all-time at the Match Play Championship (see the final brackets!).
It’s September, and that means it’s time for Big Ten golf teams to open the 2011-12 season. All 12 men’s teams break into their fall schedules at some point this month, with Michigan State and Purdue doing the honors this weekend. The Spartans host the Fossum Invitational on Saturday and Sunday, while the Boilermakers travel to Verona, N.Y., for the Turning Stone Tiger Intercollegiate on Sunday and Monday. The remaining 10 conference teams open the season next week.