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BRYAN, Texas â€“ Caroline Powers capped off her record-breaking sophomore season with the best finish ever by a Spartan at the NCAA Womenâ€™s Golf Championships.
The Bowling Green, Ohio, native tied for sixth with an even-par 288 (70-76-69-73), which is also the best 72-hole score for a Spartan at the NCAA Championships. The previous best finish for a Spartan at NCAAs was 13th (Emily Bastel in 2001), while the previous low score was 291 (Allison Fouch in 2004).
In the process of her impressive performance, Powers finishes the season with a school-record average of 73.53, breaking Laura Kuenyâ€™s mark of 73.85, which was just set last year. Powers compiled 2,794 strokes in 38 rounds of play.
Powers entered Saturdayâ€™s fourth and final round of the NCAA Championships at the Traditions Club in contention for a national title, five shots off the leader and in fourth place. She started her round on the front nine, and bogeyed the first two holes, but she would only bogey once more the entire round (hole No. 12). Powers bounced back with seven straight pars on the front nine, making the turn at 2-over 38. She closed the back nine at 1-under 35 after making birdies on the 13th and 14th to go along with six pars and just one bogey.
Powers ended up finishing seven shots back of medalist Austin Ernst of LSU, who carded a 7-under 281 (72-66-77-66). Powers was the second-highest finisher from the Big Ten, as Purdueâ€™s Laura Gonzalez placed third at 2-under 286.
With her sixth-place finish at nationals, Powers placed in the top 10 at seven tournaments this season, including a first-place finish at the Lady Buckeye Invitational on April 17 for her first collegiate victory. She was named first-team All-Big Ten and also to the All-Championships team after taking fourth at the Big Ten Championships in helping lead the Spartans to their ninth Big Ten title in school history.
Powers will be one of five starters from MSUâ€™s Big Ten Championship team returning for the 2011-12 season. Several players will compete in summer tournaments before arriving back in East Lansing in late August for the fall season.