June 4, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Junior Caroline Powers and senior Lindsey Solberg were both recently recognized by the National Golf Coaches Association for their outstanding accomplishments this season in which they helped Michigan State reach the NCAA Championships and win back-to-back Big Ten titles.
For the second straight year, Powers was named an honorable mention All-American, while Solberg earned all-region honors for the second time in her career.
Powers, who was also named first-team All-Big Ten for the second consecutive year, led the team with a 73.78 scoring average and finished the season ranked 32nd in the nation by Golfweek. Powers' scoring average of 73.53 in 2010-11 was a MSU single-season record, and her average this year was second best in school history.
The Bowling Green, Ohio, native placed in the top 10 in six of MSU's 12 tournaments this season, including a victory at the Mary Fossum Invitational in September.
Powers tied for third at the Big Ten Championships with a 2-over 218 and was named to the All-Championships Team for the second straight year. She currently owns the best career scoring average in Michigan State history with a 74.39 (Laura Kueny second at 74.60).
Solberg, a second-team All-Big Ten selection for the third time in her career, tied for third at both the Big Ten Championships and the NCAA East Regional. She was also an all-region pick her freshman year in 2009.
For her career-best showing at the Big Ten Championships, Solberg garnered all-tournament team honors for the second consecutive season. At the NCAA East Regional, Solberg set an MSU single-round record with a 67 in the third round.
She closed out her career with a team-high 21st-place finish at the NCAA Championships in Franklin, Tenn., with a 294, which also marked the third-best 72-hole score by a Spartan at nationals.
The Verona, Wis., native was second on the team with a career-low 75.19 scoring average; that average is also the 10th-best in MSU single-season history. She was also ranked among the top 100 players in the nation (No. 88) by Golfweek.
Solberg leaves East Lansing with the sixth-lowest scoring average in school history at 76.13.