Feb. 20, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State senior Caroline Powers was named the Big Ten Women's Golfer of the Week on Wednesday for the sixth time in her career. Powers, who already owned the school record for most Big Ten Golfer of the Week awards, is now tied for second in conference history along with Purdue's Paula Reto. Maria Hernandez of Purdue owns the league record with seven Big Ten Golfer of the Week awards.
Powers tied for first on the individual leaderboard earlier this week (Feb. 18-19) at the Central District Invitational in Parrish, Fla., but Augusta State's Natalie Wille was named the medalist due to a scorecard playoff. Powers and Wille both carded a 1-under 215 at the tournament; however, the scorecard playoff, which started at hole 18, favored Wille, thus giving her medalist honors.
Powers (71-72) and Wille (72-71) began the final round tied atop the leaderboard at 1-under 143, and both players shot even par 72 on Tuesday to finish at 215. The 54-hole total of 215 for Powers ties for the ninth best in MSU history.
Powers started strong with three birdies and six pars on her first nine holes in Tuesday's final round. She was 4-under through 14 holes, but finished her round with four straight bogeys to close at even par. Powers tallied 10 birdies overall in the tournament. Wille kept pace with Powers after shooting 14 pars, two birdies and two bogeys in her final round.
"Caroline delivered another solid performance," said MSU head coach Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll after the tournament, as Powers recorded her fourth top-five finish of the season and 13th of her career. "She was obviously disappointed with how her round ended, but what's impressive is that she puts her herself into a position to win just about every tournament she competes in."
The native of Bowling Green, Ohio, was already named the Big Ten Women's Golfer of the Week twice earlier this season (Sept. 27 and Oct. 31). She also earned the award twice last season after winning the Fossum Invitational in September and after shooting a school-record 208 at the Lady Tar Heel Invitational in October. Her first Big Ten weekly honor came when she won the Lady Buckeye Invitational as a sophomore in April 2011.
Powers leads the team this season with a 73.06 scoring average through six tournaments, which is on pace to break her current school single-season record of 73.53 she set as a sophomore in 2010-11. She also owns a career average of 74.22, which is also on pace to establish a Michigan State record.
MSU will return to action March 29-31 for the Bryan National Collegiate in Brown Summit, N.C.