April 26, 2009
Purdue head coach Devon Brouse
"It's tough to repeat a Big Ten Championship, so this is a really big accomplishment for us, especially on our home course. It's always a challenge to repeat and there's maybe a little bit of added pressure being at our home course. We have a good team and hopefully we can improve and make some noise moving on into the NCAA Regionals. Junthima Gulyanamitta played really well today. I think the conditions took their toll on her the first couple of days, and they do. She is resilient and played really well today. It was an interesting situation on the last hole when Maude-Aimee Leblanc had that putt to win it. We already had the team title secured, and both Maude and Maria (Hernandez) played so well the first three rounds. It was honestly the most enjoyable final round I have ever been a part of. It was great. Both of the girls were really comfortable and confident and hopefully that can carry over into regionals and then hopefully nationals. Both of them had a chance to win it at the end, but struggled a little bit. I'm sure they are both disappointed a little bit with how they finished, but that's a great situation to be in. To have two All-Americans and have them both disappointed with being co-championships is a great situation to be in."
Tyrette Metzendorf, Iowa senior - Third-place medalist
"I played really, really well, especially for the first 15 holes. I was two-under at that point and everything was going well. I kept turning around and (Michigan State's) Aimee Neff was behind me and she was playing really well. I kept seeing her stick the ball so I just assumed that everyone was playing really well. I had a two stroke lead (for third place) going into today, so I knew that meant someone would have to shoot 68 to catch me. I wanted to keep playing well, but then the wind picked up. I tried to slow it down and take it one shot at a time. I was a little bit disappointed with how I finished, but a 74 is not bad. Once I saw the other scores coming in, I saw (Purdue's) Maria (Hernandez) double-bogey 17 too, so that made me feel a little bit better about my double because she's such an awesome player. It was just really fun for me. I am obviously pleased with how I finished my senior year with a third place finish at the Big Ten Tournament. That's the way I wanted to go."
Maude-Aimee Leblanc, Purdue sophomore - Tied for first-place medalist
"It feels good to get a share of the individual Big Ten Championship. The way I played today, though, I honestly don't feel like I deserve to be the winner. It was a tough day again for everyone. I just made more mistakes today than I did in the past three days. It was not the finish I was hoping for, of course, but there's still two more years for me. I thought I needed to make the putt on the 18th green that I missed, just to tie Maria (Hernandez). I thought that she had me by one stroke. On the last hole I had a difficult shot coming out of the rough. I knew that there was going to be absolutely no spin on the ball. I made a good chip after missing the green, but just misread the putt."
Maria Hernandez, Purdue senior - Tied for first-place medalist
"It's great for us to win as a team today. I can take a bit of momentum from this tournament and try to qualify for the NCAA Championships through regional play. The wind has been pretty much the same the entire four rounds. The front nine was easier today because the wind was down. Then it got more difficult on the back nine, the same as the last few days, because the wind picked up again. I played the same today as I have been all weekend. I hit the ball well, but I still couldn't make any putts. On the 17th hole, I thought that I was losing so I went for the pin. I pushed it and it went into the water and I made double-bogey. I'm glad I was able to get a share of the individual title, but I wish I would have played a little bit better, especially for the last few holes."