With two tournament wins in two weeks, the Spartans are peaking at the right time.
Sarah Burnham and Jacqueline Setas will compete in the nation's premier amateur tournament.
Former Spartan All-American was named the 2013 Big Ten Golfer of the Year.
Spartan rising junior is one of six collegiate golfers representing the United States at the 2016 World University Championships held in Brive, France.
At A Glance
The most decorated women's golfer in Michigan State history . . . Is only the second women's athlete in Michigan State history to earn the Alderton Award three times (2011-13) . . . Completed her career as the school's all-time record holder in scoring average (74.26) and owns the top three single-season scoring averages in program history, including her record 73.53 she set as a sophomore . . . Three-time honorable mention All-American and All-Big Ten First Team selection helped lead the Spartans to back-to-back Big Ten Championships in 2011 and 2012 and a school-record finish at the 2013 NCAA Championships as the team tied for ninth place . . . Qualified as an individual for the 2011 NCAA Championships and placed sixth, tied for the highest ever by a Spartan at nationals . . . Qualified for the 2013 U.S. Women's Open . . . Named Big Ten Golfer of the Week six times in her career, which is third most in conference history and a school record . . . placed in the top five in 14 career tournaments and in the top 10 on 21 occasions, including three tournament victories (2011 Lady Buckeye Invitational, 2011 Mary Fossum Invitational, 2013 Central District Invitational) . . . Graduated in May 2013 with a 3.87 GPA in elementary education and earned All-America Scholar honors from the National Golf Coaches Association three times and was named a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar twice . . . Named the 2013 recipient of the prestigious Dinah Shore Trophy Award by the LPGA Foundation, which is awarded to a female collegiate golfer who excels in both academics and athletics, while demonstrating outstanding leadership skills and community service.
2012-13 - Senior
Named the Alderton Award winner (MSU Female Athlete of the Year) for third year in a row . . . Also named the female winner of the Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor and the recipient of the Chester Brewer Leadership Award; became the first student-athlete in MSU history to receive the Alderton Award, Brewer Award and Conference Medal of Honor in the same year . . . Named the 2013 Big Ten Women's Golfer of the Year . . . Posted six top-10 finishes in MSU's 11 tournaments and compiled a 73.81 average, the third lowest in school history . . . Finished runner-up at the Big Ten Championships with a 3-over 219 and was named to the All-Championships Team for the third straight year . . . Closed the season ranked No. 30 in the nation by Golfweek and had the highest Golfweek/Sagarin rating in Big Ten competition with a 72.11 . . . Tied for first place at the Central District Invitational on Feb. 19 in Parrish, Fla., and also placed second at the Mary Fossum Invitational and the Mason Rudolph Championship in the fall . . . Led the team in birdies (91) and shot under-par in six rounds . . . Named Big Ten Golfer of the Week three times . . . Named the recipient of Michigan State's Gwendolyn Norrell Community Service & Leadership Award in 2013; the award is presented to the student-athlete who best exemplifies the goals of the PACT (Putting Athletes and Community Together) program, excelling in the field of community service and outreach . . . Named CoSIDA Academic All-American (second team).
Placed third at the World University Games (July 3-6) in Liberec, Czech Republic, with a four-round total of 11-under 277 (72-69-68-68) and helped the United States to a second-place finish in the 16-team field ... Participated in her second career U.S. Women's Amateur; punched her ticket to the event by tying for first place at her qualifier with a round of 72 on July 16 at the Broadmoor Country Club in Indianapolis ... Qualified for the U.S. Women's Public Links Championship.
2011-12 - Junior
A year after setting the school single-season record with a 73.53 scoring average, recorded the second-best average in program history with a 73.78 (2,730 strokes in 37 rounds) . . . For the second straight year, was named the co-female recipient of the Alderton Award in 2011-12, given to Michigan State's top athlete . . . Became just the third Spartan women's golfer to win the Alderton Award twice (Sara Brown, Emily Bastel), the fourth Spartan student-athlete to win the honor in back-to-back years, and the fifth at MSU to win the award twice . . . For the second consecutive season, was named a honorable mention All-American by the National Golf Coaches Association and also a First-Team All-Big Ten selection . . . Named a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and also earned Academic All-Big Ten honors . . . Named to the NGCA All-Scholar Team for the third consecutive year . . . Closed the season ranked No. 32 in the nation by Golfweek . . . Finished in the top 10 at six tournaments, including a victory at the Mary Fossum Invitational (Sept. 17-18) with a 217 . . . Was named the Big Ten Golfer of the Week following her win at the Fossum Invitational . . . Also garnered Big Ten Golfer of the Week honors after shooting a school-record low for 54 holes with an 8-under 208 (69-68-71) at the Tar Heel Invitational (Oct. 7-9) to tie for second . . . Tied for fourth at the Landfall Tradition (Oct. 28-30) in Wilmington, N.C., with a 224 (73-77-74) . . . Tied for 10th at the Regional Challenge (Feb. 13-15) at the Palos Verdes (Calif.) Country Club after carding a 221 (75-68-78) . . . Recorded another top-10 finish by tying for fourth at the Lady Buckeye Invitational (April 21-22) . . . Tied for third at the Big Ten Championships with a 2-over 218 (72-73-73) and was named to the All-Championships Team for the second straight year . . . Her performance helped MSU claim back-to-back Big Ten titles . . . Tied for 12th at the NCAA East Regional (74-73-72--219) as MSU qualified for the NCAA Championships . . . In her second career appearance at the NCAA Championships, tied for 45th with a 298 (75-74-73-76).
Named to the U.S. team for the World University Games in China ... Paired up with teammate Lindsey Solberg and won the second annual Hooters Women's Team Collegiate Championships in Dahlonega, Ga.; the unique format, which had 54 two-person teams from around the country, featured alternate shot in round one, best ball in round two, and the aggregate score of the two players in round three ... Along with Solberg, took first place in the event by one stroke with a score of 12-under 276 (68-65-143) ... Placed 14th and took home top amateur honors at the Michigan PGA Women's Open at Crystal Mountain Resort with an 8-over 224 (70-82-72).
2010-11 - Sophomore
Burst onto the national scene as one of the elite players in the country while establishing a new standard of excellence for the Michigan State women's golf program ... Set a school record with her 73.53 scoring average and her sixth-place finish at the NCAA Championships was the best-ever showing by a Spartan ... Honorable mention All-American by the National Golf Coaches Association ... First-Team All-Big Ten selection ... Named the co-female recipient of the Alderton Award in 2010-11, given to Michigan State's top athlete ... Finished in the top 10 at seven tournaments, including the last four in a row ... Led the team in scoring in nine of the team's 11 events ... Got off to a fast start in the fall by tying for third at the Mary Fossum Invitational on Sept. 26 with a score of 220 (71-74-75) ... Followed that effort with an impressive three-round total of 211 (71-71-69) at the Tar Heel Invitational Oct. 10, which marked the second-lowest 54-hole score in MSU history ... Named Big Ten Golfer of the Week for winning the Lady Buckeye Invitational with a score of 226 (75-72-79), marking her first collegiate victory ... Clutch in postseason play, placing fourth at the Big Ten Championships (72-70-74-77--293) and sixth at both the NCAA East Regional (71-69-77--217) and NCAA Championships (70-76-69-73-288) ... Helped lead the Spartans to their ninth Big Ten title in school history and was named to the All-Championships Team ... Qualified individually for the NCAA Championships by shooting a 217 in the NCAA East Regional in Daytona Beach, Fla., the lowest score ever by a Spartan in regional play; her second-round score of 69 was also the best single-round in school history at the NCAA Regionals ... Was at her best on the sport's biggest stage at the NCAA Championships, setting MSU records for highest finish (tied for sixth), lowest 72-hole (288), and best single-round (69) at nationals ... For her record-breaking season, Powers garnered NGCA (National Golf Coaches Association) All-Region and honorable mention All-America accolades, and finished No. 22 in the final Golfweek/Sagarin individual rankings ... Named to the NGCA All-Scholar Team and was an Academic All-Big Ten selection and Big Ten Distinguished Scholar recipient for her 3.82 GPA in education.
Advanced to match play at the U.S. Women's Public Links Championship and won her first two matches before falling in the third round ... Tied for 11th place at the Michigan Women's Open at Crystal Mountain Resort with a 220 (73-75-72) ... Participated in the stroke-play portion of the U.S. Women's Amateur.
2009-10 - Freshman
Compiled a 76.03 average in all 11 tournaments as a true freshman, which is the best freshman average in school history ... Named to the NGCA All-Scholar Team ... Received the MSU Provost Award ... Posted four top-20 finishes and two in the top 10 ... Second on the team with 70 birdies ... In her first collegiate tournament, tied for 14th at the Mary Fossum Invitational with a 223 (74-77-72) ... Placed a season-high fifth with a career-low 219 (71-71-77) at the Lady Northern Invitational ... Helped the Spartans win the team title at the Tar Heel Invitational by shooting a 222 (79-69-74) to take 31st; her second round of 69 was a season low ... Participated in the NCAA Preview, tying for 30th by carding a 225 (77-75-73) ... Placed 74th at the Regional Challenge ... Compiled a top-10 finish by taking ninth at the Central District Invitational with a 221 (71-80-70) ... Tied for 37th at the Liz Murphey Collegiate ... Tied for 14th at the Gator Invitational with a 220 (74-71-75) to help MSU claim the team title ... Placed 36th at the Lady Buckeye Invitational ... Took 16th place by shooting a 301 (75-72-76-78) in her first career appearance at the Big Ten Championships ... Placed 56th in the NCAA Central Regional.
Won the 41st Big "I" National Championship in July at the Dornick Hills Country Club in Ardmore, Okla. ... Led the tournament wire-to-wire and finished with a six-stroke victory with a four-round score of 293 ... Powers became the first winner from Ohio in the 17-year history of the girls' Big "I" and the seventh to lead every round of the tournament ... Reached the match play portion of the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links after tying for 29th in stroke play ... Qualified for the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links by placing first in her sectional qualifying tournament in Brecksville, Ohio, with a 76 ... Tied for eighth at the GAM Women's Championship with a score of 147.
Three-time all-state selection ... Placed third as a junior and fifth as a senior at the state championships ... Claimed the Ohio Junior Girls Championship in summer of 2008 ... Callaway Junior World qualifier and a U.S. Girls Junior participant in both 2007 and 2008 ... Four-year letterwinner (2005-08) ... Participated in boys golf for three seasons at Bowling Green High School, and earned all-league honors every year (2006-08) ... Named the Toledo Junior Golf Player of the Year and Sportswoman of the Year in 2006 ... Also lettered three years in track, running the 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles ... Member of the National Honor Society.
Daughter of Buddy and Linda Powers ... Born April 7, 1991 ... Buddy is an assistant hockey coach at Boston University ... He was also the head coach at Bowling Green from 1994-2002 and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute from 1989-94 ... He played professionally in Europe for four years and also at Boston University ... Linda is the Assistant Director of Golf at Forrest Creason Golf Course, the campus course at Bowling Green ... She also played collegiate golf, at Bowling Green ... Her sister, Barbara, ran cross country and track at BGSU and her brother, John, played golf at BGSU ... Powers is the cousin of former MSU All-American and current Florida head coach Emily Bastel, who played for the Spartans from 1998-2002 ... ... Majoring in elementary education.
GETTING TO KNOW CAROLINE POWERS
When did you first start playing golf?
What course did you learn to play on?
Bowling Green Country Club & Lincoln Hills Golf Club
Favorite golf memory?
Winning Lady Tar Heel last year.
Best thing about playing golf at MSU is...
Traveling with my teammates.
Favorite TV show?
Favorite club and why?
Magic 5 iron - it hasn't failed me yet
Favorite thing to do besides golf?
Play games, tennis
What's on your iPod right now?
Favorite article of clothing?
I first beat my dad in golf at the age of...?
What's your major and why?
Elementary education because I love kids.
In 10 years, I will be...
Carrie Underwood's nanny
Disneyland or hike the Grand Canyon.
If I could live anywhere in the world, it would be...
Close to my family.
If I could play any course in the world, it would be...
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