Oct. 31, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State senior Caroline Powers was named the Big Ten Women's Golfer of the Week for the fifth time of her career on Wednesday, establishing a new school record. Emily Bastel and Laura Kueny each won the weekly honor four times.
Powers tied for fifth place with a 1-under 71 at the rain-shortened Landfall Tradition in Wilmington, N.C., this past weekend. The final two rounds of the elite tournament, which featured nine teams ranked in the Golfweek Top 25, were canceled due to Hurricane Sandy. Powers shot a 1-over 37 on the front nine before posting a 2-under 34 on the back nine. It marked third under-par round of the season.
The native of Bowling Green, Ohio, was named the Big Ten Women's Golfer of the Week earlier this season following her runner-up finish the Mason Rudolph Championship in Franklin, Tenn. 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 73.40 scoring average through four fall 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 74.31, which is also on pace to establish a Michigan State record.
The Spartans finished the fall season with a No. 13 national ranking by Golfweek. MSU finished runner-up at its home Mary Fossum Invitational (Sept. 15-16), took third at the Mason Rudolph Championhip (Sept. 21-23), placed 10th at the Tar Heel Invitational (Oct. 9-11), and finished sixth at the Landfall Tradition (Oct. 26).
MSU will return to action for the spring season beginning Feb. 11-13 at the Regional Challenge in Palos Verdes, Calif.