May 2, 1997

Boiler Women in Fourth after First Two Rounds at Big Ten's

EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Purdue women's golf team is in fourth place after the first two rounds of the Big Ten Championship tournament in East Lansing, Mich. The Boilers, who finished fourth at last year's conference tournament, totaled a 646. Ohio State is in the lead with a 625, followed by Indiana (629) and Michigan 9639).

The Boilers were led by Colleen Cashman in the first day of competition. The junior turned in a 74 on the first round and followed it with an 83 on the second, giving her a 157 for sixth place. Cashman finished tied for 46th at last year's championships.

Freshman Stacy Orschell also helped the Boilers cause, carding a 161 for a 13th-place tie. Leading the field is Indiana's Theresa McDermott who shot a 151 on the par 72 course.

Sophomore Angie Blythe, who tied for seventh in 1996, is currently tied for 26th with a 164. Classmate Johanna Gollings is tied for 36th 9167) and junior Heather Hasselberg is tied for 39th (168). Freshman Kelly Beth Simmons, tied for 59th, rounds out the Boiler lineup.

The Big Ten Championship is a 72-hole tournament being played on Michigan State's Forest Akers West Golf Course. The third round will be played tomorrow (may 3), with the final round being played Sunday.