April 25, 2010
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The eighth-ranked Purdue women's golf team pulled off numerous three-peats on Sunday, including the grand prize of a third-consecutive Big Ten team title. The Boilermakers shot a 293 in the final round of the 2010 Big Ten Championships, recording a four-round total of 1,158 and smashing their own conference and school record for low-72 hole tournament score. The previous mark of 1,167 was set by Purdue's Big Ten championship team in 2000.
The Boilermakers (289-282-294-293=1,158) cruised to a 27-stroke advantage over second-place Michigan State (296-290-297-302=1,185), while Ohio State finished third (294-293-293-309=1,189) and host Wisconsin was fourth (302-289-301-302=1,194) at the par-72, 6,224-yard University Ridge Golf Course in Madison, Wis.
Freshman Laura Gonzalez-Escallon won the individual title by firing a season-low 69 on Sunday for a conference and school-record score of 280 for four rounds. It is the third-consecutive individual conference championship for the Boilermakers. Maria Hernandez won in 2008, while Hernandez and Maude-Aimee LeBlanc tied for medalist honors in 2009.
Gonzalez-Escallon was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year after her victory. Head coach Devon Brouse earned his third-straight Big Ten Coach of the Year award and fifth overall. LeBlanc was honored as the Mary Fossum Award recipient for lowest-stroke average in the conference and is the fourth-consecutive Mary Fossum Award winner for Purdue.
Purdue's fifth conference championship was truly a team effort as four Boilermakers finished in the top 10 of the tournament. In addition to Gonzalez-Escallon's first-place finish, LeBlanc earned fourth (72-68-76-74=290, +2), Gulyanamitta was sixth (74-73-74-74=295, +7) and freshman Paula Reto tied for ninth (74-74-76-76=297, +9). Hoffmeister tied for 16th (72-74-76-79=301, +13) and sophomore Kishi Sinha tied for 41st (80-76-74-82=312).
Michigan's Ashley Bauer finished in second place individually, three strokes behind Gonzalez-Escallon with a five-below par 283. Laura Kueny of Michigan State was the only other golfer to finish in the red with a two-under par 286, good for third place.
With the tournament victory, the Boilermakers earn the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Regional. The NCAA field will be announced on Monday evening and Purdue will be assigned to one of three regional sites, the East Regional at Ironwood Country Club in Greenville, N.C., the West Regional at Stanford Golf Course in Palo Alto, Calif., or the Central Regional at Otter Creek Golf Course in Columbus, Ind., hosted by Indiana University.
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