April 25, 2009
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The 11th-ranked Purdue women's golf team will head into the final round of the 2009 Big Ten Women's Golf Championship in first place. The defending champion Boilermakers used a third round score of 300 (+12) to bring their tournament total to 909 (+45). This score is good for a 36-stroke lead. Purdue is playing host to the conference tournament on the 6,333-yard, par-72 Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex's Kampen Course.
Purdue opened the tournament by firing a first-round team total of 309 (+21), which gave the Boilermakers a seven-stroke lead over Michigan State after one round of play. The Boilermakers went on to shoot nine strokes better in the afternoon, turning in a second round score of 300 (+12). Today, the Boilermakers used another 300 (+12) including a tournament-low round of 70 (-2) from sophomore Maude-Aimee LeBlanc.
The Spartans of Michigan State are in second place with a cumulative score of 945 (+81). This puts them four strokes ahead of third-place Ohio State.
The Boilermakers have three of the top four individual scorers of the tournament. Sophomore Maude-Aimee LeBlanc leads the tournament with a cumulative score of 220 (+4). Battling wind gusts greater than 35 mph, LeBlanc shot a tournament low 70 (-2) in the third round, using three birdies on holes nine, 10 and 15. LeBlanc's only bogey came on the 478-yard par-5 fourth.
Senior Maria Hernandez sits two strokes behind LeBlanc in second place with a three-round score of 222 (+6). The two-time first team All-American began her quest for a second consecutive Big Ten title with a seven-over par 79 in her opening round, but rebounded nicely with a tournament-low 72 (E) in yesterday's second round. Today, she carded a one-under 71. Hernandez was two-over after the first five holes of today's round but played the next 10 holes four under including birdies on holes seven, nine, 14 and 15. Hernandez bogeyed hole number 17 to finish at one-under.
Tyrette Metzendorf of Iowa moved into sole possession of third place with a third-round score of 76 (+4). Metzendorf, like many of the competitors, had an up and down day. During her round, she carded four birdies, five bogeys and a triple bogey to bring her tournament total to 229 (+13).
Thea Hoffmeister is the third Purdue golfer in the top four. The Berlin, Germany, native opened the tournament with a four-over par 76, shot a 77 (+5) in her second round and a 78 (+6) in Saturday's round for a three-round total of 231 (+15). She is two strokes ahead of fifth place Laura Kueney of Michigan State.
Sophomore Junthima Gulyanamitta will tee off Sunday's final round in a tie for 10th place. The Muang Rayong, Thailand, native has a three round score of 236. Gulyanamitta climbed to as low as two-under in her opening round, but could not overcome back-to-back double bogeys on holes No. 9 and 10, finishing with a first round score of 78 (+6). She then used second round score of 77 (+5), and shot a third round score of 81 (+9) today.
Final round tee times will begin tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. Admission and parking is free. Live scoring is available at golfsat.com. Check out purduesports.com for results and recaps.