Oct. 12, 2010
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The sixth-ranked Purdue women's golf team won its second tournament in a row, capturing a third-consecutive Lady Northern Invitational team title. The Boilermakers earned a 17-stroke victory at the Lake Shore Country Club in Glencoe, Ill., by firing a 286 on Tuesday for a three-round total of 858 (280-292-286, -6). It is the third-lowest 54-hole tournament score in school history.
Purdue was led by sophomore Laura Gonzalez-Escallon who finished with a 212, good for second place behind Northwestern's Lauren Weaver. Weaver helped the Wildcats - who were serving as hosts for the tournament - to a second place finish with a team total of 875 (289-297-289, +11). Ohio State finished third after tallying an 883 (285-295-303, +19).
All six Purdue golfers finished in the top 15, including freshman Alex Stewart who tied for 13th playing as an individual. Gonzalez-Escallon finished four strokes behind Weaver at four-under par. The La Hulpe, Belgium, native and 2010 Big Ten individual medalist fired an even-par 72 in the final round after recording rounds of 71 and 69 on Monday.
Senior Thea Hoffmeister tied for fourth with a one-under par 215. Hoffmeister shot a season-low 67 in the first round, recorded a 76 in round two and ended the event with an even-par 72 in the final 18-holes. Classmate Numa Gulyanamitta who took home medalist honors last week at the Windy City Collegiate, finished in sixth place just once stroke behind Hoffmeister. Gulyanamitta recorded even-par 72s in all three rounds.
Maude-Aimee LeBlanc trailed Gulyanamitta by just one stroke, tying for seventh with a one-over par 217. The six-one senior recorded 70s in the first and third round and fired a 77 in the second round.
Sophomore Paula Reto tied for 15th with a 221. Reto recorded her best round of the tournament on Tuesday with an even-par 72. She shot a 74 followed by a 75 on Monday. Stewart, who was playing as an individual, recorded a 220 to tie for 13th. She carded a two-under par 70 in the final round after opening with an even-par 70, followed by a 78 on Monday afternoon.
The Lady Northern Invitational is a preview of sorts for the 2011 Big Ten Championships. Both tournaments are held at the Lake Shore Country Club which is a par-72, 6,303-yard venue. Ten of the 11 Big Ten schools competed in this season's Lady Northern as well as two Big 12 teams, Iowa State and Texas Tech. Full results for the tournament are posted above.
The defending national champion Boilermakers have completed their fall season. Purdue played in four tournaments, won two in a row, finished second at the Mason Rudolph and 10th at the NCAA Fall Preview. The Boilermakers return to action when they play host to the Lady Puerto Rico Classic on Feb. 13 to 15 in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.