Northwestern, Purdue share Big Ten Conference title
Northwestern and Purdue were named co-champions at the Big Ten Conference Championship on April 28. The Boilermakers gained five shots on Northwestern in the final round, climbing into the tie.
Northwestern’s final-round 14-over 302 was the team’s highest score of the week at French Lick Resort’s Donald Ross Course in French Lick, Ind. Still, the Wildcats, No. 24 in Golfweek’s rankings, were able to stay level with No. 9 Purdue, which finished with a 9-over 297. Both teams finished 54 holes at 20-over 884, which is the lowest team total in conference history. The Big Ten Championship is a play-six-count-four format.
Purdue hasn’t won a Big Ten title since 2010. This is Northwestern’s first conference-championship victory in program history. All five Wildcats finished inside the top 25. Kaitlin Park (sixth) was the low Northwestern player.
Purdue senior Paula Reto won the individual title by a seven-shot margin. Reto finished at 4-under 212 while Michigan State’s Caroline Powers was a 3 under and in solo second. Powers is ranked No. 23 by Golfweek, and Reto is No. 27.
Michigan State, attempting a Big Ten title defense, finished third, five shots behind the co-champions.