Glenview's Nora Lucas tops Illini at Big Ten golf

Glenview's Nora Lucas, featured in a Tribune story last week, was the top Illinois finisher at the Big Ten women's golf championships, which ended Sunday in French Lick, Ind.

Lucas, who was tied for the lead after the first round, finished ninth with a five-over par 221 on rounds on 72, 75, 74.

Purdue freshman Laura Gonzalez, a Colombian who lives in Belgium, won at even-par 216, shooting back-to-back rounds of 69 to overcome a 78 on the first day.

Illinois senior Hailey Koschmann of Lake Forest tied for 10th as the team finished fifth, its best placement since another fifth in 2002.  The Illini learn Monday if they have made one of the NCAA regional tournaments May 10-12.

Led by Quincy's Luke Guthrie, who shot a five-under-par 283 for his second straight individual title, the Illinois men earned their fourth straight conference title.  Guthrie beat Northwestern's Sam Chien by four shots.

Guthrie, a senior also won the Les Bolstad Award as the Big Ten player with the lowest stroke average to par this season.  He and sophomore Thomas Pieters of Belgium, who tied for fifth at 293, made the all-conference team.

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