National Runners-Up

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Sophomore Christel Boeljon finished tied for second, setting a school record for low 72-hole tournament.
Sophomore Christel Boeljon finished tied for second, setting a school record for low 72-hole tournament.

May 25, 2007

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The Purdue women's golf team fired a 297 in the final round to finish as runners-up in the NCAA Women's Golf Championship on Friday. Duke won the title, recording a 290 today and finishing 18-over for the tournament. Purdue sophomore Christel Boeljon was unable to hold onto the individual lead but tied for second place after carding a 76 in the fourth round. Her total score of 286 sets a Purdue record for a 72-hole tournament.

Purdue's second-place finish is the highest for the Boilermakers and the best ever by a Big Ten team. Purdue's previous high finish was ninth place in 2000 and 2006. Purdue's four-round total of 1,185 (+33) is the third-best 72-hole score in school history.

"I think our team takes away a lot of positive feelings and experience (from today)," said head coach Devon Brouse. "I know Christel is disappointed right now. Christel played great for four days. She'll walk away a little disappointed but determined to come back and try again. I think our team will be back here, hopefully, and we'll see what happens next year."

The Boilermakers finished one stroke ahead of UCLA (1186). USC was the fourth place team with a total score of 1196 and Stanford finished fifth with a team total of 1197.

"It was gusty and swirly with a couple intermittent showers," said Brouse. "That made it tough, but I take my hat off to the Lady Blue Devils. They were strong today and played well. I don't think we or UCLA really made a move at them. So, I am sure they felt pretty comfortable out there with a seven, eight or 10-shot lead most of the day."

Stacy Lewis of Arkansas won the individual championship after firing a six-under par 66 on Friday. Lewis, who was competing as one of the six individual golfers, final round 66 was the lowest round of the tournament. She finished with a six-under par 282 to win by four strokes. Boeljon tied USC's Paola Moreno in second after each scored a two-under par 286 for the week.



"It's a great learning experience," Boeljon said. "I think I played really well except for today. I learned from it and I know I can do it. I got really close and I still have two more years, so I know I'll be alright."

Freshman Stefanie Endstrasser tied for 14th after carding a 75 today. She finished the tournament 10-over par with a total score of 298.

Senior Myrte Eikenaar and sophomore Maria Hernandez tied for low-round honors, each firing a final-round 73. Hernandez tied for 21st place with a four-day total of 300 (+12). Eikenaar, in her final event as a Boilermaker, finished tied for 26th with a total score fo 301 (+13).

Sophomore Stephanie Oukeo carded a final-round 82 to finish tied for 114th.

The tournament was held at the LPGA International Legends Course, a par-72, 6,403-yard layout and is co-hosted by Central Florida Sports Commission and Central Florida University.