Feb. 9, 2010
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The fourth-ranked Purdue women's golf served as hosts of the Lady Puerto Rico Classic in Rio Grande, P.R., and defeated all but one member of the 16-team field, finishing in second place with a three-round team total of 883 (296-295-292=883).
Alabama won the team title, recording an 872 (295-287-290=872) for three rounds. Oklahoma State finished in third place (300-288-298=886), Georgia was fourth (292-295-301-888) and Kent State finished fifth ((299-310-297=897).
Numa Gulyanamitta led Purdue with a sixth-place finish after carding a one-under par 215 (71-72-72). Gulyanamitta has a No. 12 ranking as an individual according to Golfweek.
Purdue junior Thea Hoffmeister was the Boilermakers' highest finisher, tying for fourth place after totaling 213 strokes. Unfortunately, for Purdue, Hoffmeister was competing as an individual and her scores did not count toward the team total. The Berlin, Germany, native opened with a career-low 66, followed by a 73 and then a 74 on Tuesday.
Oklahoma State's Caroline Hedwall, the ninth-ranked individual nationally, won the individual title with a total of 209. Hedwall fired a 70 in the final round after carding a scorching seven-under par 65 on Monday.
Junior Maude-Aimee LeBlanc recorded Purdue's lowest third-round score, carding a four-under par 68 on Tuesday to move up to a tie for 10th with a total score of 217. LeBlanc opened with a 72 but fired a 77 in the second round. The fifth-ranked individual rebounded nicely in round three to help Purdue to a second place finish.
Freshman Laura Gonzalez Escallon tied for 21st (226), finishing the event with a 75 after opening with a 78, followed by a 73 in the second round. Kishi Sinha continued her strong sophomore campaign, finishing tied for 23rd with a total of 227 (75-74-78). Freshman Paula Reto tied for 41st, firing a 232 (79-76-77) that included a 77 in the last round of the tournament.
The eighth-annual Lady Puerto Rico Classic was held Feb. 7 to 9 at the Trump International Golf Club on the Championship Course, a par-72, 6,219-yard venue designed by Tom Kite.
Purdue head coach Devon Brouse and his charges will return to action Feb. 22 and 23 at the Central Distric Invitational in Tampa, Fla.
Complete results are available as PDFs above.