May 3, 1998
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Freshman Kasey Gant (Fort Wayne, Ind.) was named the Big Ten Womenis Golf Freshman of the Year after her 75 in the final round of the Big Ten Womenis Golf Championship put her in a tie for seventh place in the tournament. Gant, who was also named to the All-Big Ten team, finished with a 72-77-78-75=302, just three strokes behind Indianais Erin Carney and Iowais Stacey Bergman (299).
Gant led Michigan State to a ninth-place team finish at 312-309-316-316=1253. The Spartans were just six strokes behind seventh-place Minnesota (1247).
The Freshman of the Year award was a year-long goal for Gant, who wraps up a spectacular freshman campaign with her seventh-place Big Ten finish. She is the first Spartan to be named Big Ten Freshman of the Year in the 11 years the award has been presented.
Gant won two tournaments as a rookie, including her first career tournament in the Mary Fossum Invitational. She finished with a 77.5 stroke average, the third-best season stroke average in Spartan history.
The Big Ten Championship closes out Michigan Stateis season as well as Gantis who was passed over in the NCAA Regional selections last weekend.
TEAM STANDINGS MSU INDIVIDUALS 1. Indiana 307-292-297-300=1196 T7. Kasey Gant 72-77-78-75=302 2. Ohio State 298-307-303-301=1209 T40. Kellie Dennis 81-78-78-80=317 3. Purdue 312-298-304-306=1220 T43. Ellen Bishop 81-76-81-82=320 Northwestern 309-305-305-301=1220 T46. Meggan Schumaker 78-78-86-79=321 5. Penn State 308-303-305-306=1222 T56. Tricia Gregory 83-83-79-87=332 6. Iowa 305-312-304-306=1227 59. April Holly 83-86-82-83=334 7. Minnesota 308-315-309-315=1247 8. Wisconsin 309-311-317-311=1248 9. Michigan State 312-309-316-316=1253 10. Illinois 319-318-315-318=1270 11. Michigan 316-328-317-320=1281