Malinda Johnson's quest for a Big Ten individual championship grew substantially more difficult Saturday. The Wisconsin senior women's golfer entered Saturday's third round at the Ohio State University Scarlet Course in a first-place tie but shot a 5-over-par 77 to fall six shots off the pace.
Indiana senior Danah Ford, who was one shot behind co-leaders Johnson and Ohio State senior Allison Hanna after Friday's two 18-hole rounds, carded a 2-under 70 to catapult into a commanding first-place lead. After 54 holes, Ford has an even par 216, three shots ahead of Hanna. Ford's fellow Hoosier senior, Karen Dennison, is tied for third with Johnson with a 3-round total 222.
Indiana leads the tournament with a combined 3-round score of 904. Ohio State (906), Purdue (918), Michigan (925) and Wisconsin (926) round out the top five.
Badger freshman Jill Ries recorded the best round of her collegiate career, a 4-over 76, to lead Wisconsin Saturday. Ries is tied for 42nd overall with a 3-round score of 243.
Freshman Nicki Morse and sophomore Jackie Obermueller each shot an 81 Saturday, giving Wisconsin a third-round score of 315.
Sophomore Lindsay McMillan fell from a sixth-place tie to a tie for 27th after carding an 86 Saturday. Also among Badger individuals, Morse is tied for 31st (238), junior Sami Forster is tied for 52nd (248) and Obermueller is tied for 60th (251).