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Simley graduate Isabella McCauley shoots bogey-free 64 to share Big Ten title – Twin Cities

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Isabella McCauley had no chance of winning the Big Ten championship heading into Sunday’s third and final round in Maryland.

The Gophers sophomore was ranked 18th at the start of the day, seven shots behind the lead.

Then she went nuclear.

The Simley graduate shot a bogey-free 64 at Bulle Rock Golf Course on Sunday to earn a share of the Big Ten individual title with a score of 7 under par through three rounds. She shared the title with Monet Chun of Michigan and Caroline Craig of Indiana.

McCauley – who finished second at the Big Ten Championships as a freshman en route to eventually earning a berth in the NCAA Championships – is the second Gophers women’s golfer ever to win a Big Ten title. The only other one was Kate Hughes, who did this in 1989.

“Winning the Big Ten Championship is something I have dreamed of since I was a kid,” McCauley said in a news release. “I couldn’t be more grateful to be doing this with the most amazing team next to me.”

McCauley birdied her first three holes – and four of her first five – to get started on Saturday. She also finished strong, birdieing three of her final four holes to put herself in position to claim a share of the title.

McCauley’s 64 was the best round of the entire tournament by two strokes. The Gophers finished ninth overall as a team.

Sunday was McCauley’s second win of the school year, after winning the Boilermaker Classic in the fall.

“What a great day for Bella McCauley,” Gophers coach Rhyll Brinsmead said in a news release. “To come back and win the Big Ten championship by shooting a 64 is an incredible effort. She has truly made her mark on the history of the University of Minnesota golf program, and she is only a sophomore.”