UCF Final Round

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Thea Hoffmeister finished in sixth place at the UCF Challenge
Thea Hoffmeister finished in sixth place at the UCF Challenge

March 10, 2009

SORRENTO, Fla. - The 15th-ranked Purdue women's golf team finished in a tie for 10th at the 2009 UCF Challenge with a 54-hole score of 882 (+18). The top-ranked team in the country, UCLA won the event, claiming victory over an 18-team field that featured 13 teams ranked in the top 25 of the latest Golfworld/NGCA Coaches' Poll.

Sophomore Thea Hoffmeister led the Boilermakers, finishing in a four-way tie for sixth as an individual with a three-round score of 213 (-3). The Berlin, Germany, native did most of her damage in the second round when she shot a four under-par 68, a career best at Purdue. Hoffmesiter continued playing at a high level recording a one under-par 71 in her final round to go along with an opening round 74 (+2). The sixth place finish is the best placing in Hoffmeister's career at Purdue and the three-round 213 is in the top eight all-time for a 54-hole tournament.

Senior Maria Hernandez finished in a tie for 28th, carding a 219 (+3). The Pamplona, Spain, native began Tuesday's play in a tie for 22nd after shooting even par through her first two rounds, but fired a final round 75 (+3).

Sophomore Maude-Aimee LeBlanc landed just one stroke behind Hernandez in a tie for 37th. After firing an even-par 72 in her opening round, LeBlanc was consistent, shooting back-to-back 74s (+2) in her second and third rounds en route to a three-round total 220 (+4).

Sophomore Junthima Gulyanamitta made a nice comeback in her final round, carding a one over-par 73 after a second round 81 (+9) and an opening round 76 (+2). Gulyanamitta's total score 230 (+14) landed her in 76th place.

Freshman Vaishavi Sinha finished in a tie for 92nd, carding a 242 (+26, 79-83-80).



UCLA's Stephanie Kono took home medalist honors, overcoming a six-stroke deficit in her final round to edge Florida's Jessica Yadloczky by one stroke. Yadloczky was in first place the entire tournament until Kono shot a 66 (-6) in her final round.

Finishing behind first place UCLA (850, -14) was Arizona State (857, -7), Oklahoma State (861, -3), Southern California (872, +8), Auburn (874, +10), Florida (877, +13), LSU (877, +13),Tennessee (880, +16), North Carolina (881, +17), Pepperdine (882, +18), Purdue (882, +18), Arizona (883, +19), Duke (884, +20), Alabama (885, +21), Texas (887, +23), Vanderbilt (890, +26), Florida State (900, +36) and UCF (923, +59).

The 54-hole tournament was played at the 6,301-yard par-72 Red Tail Golf Club in Sorrento, Fla.

Purdue will be back in action March 20 to 22 when they travel to Austin, Texas, to compete at the Betsey Rawls Longhorn Invitational.