June 2, 2010
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -
The honors continue to roll in for the national champion Purdue women's golf team. Golfweek announced its postseason awards on Wednesday and head coach Devon Brouse, juniors Maude-Aimee LeBlanc and Numa Gulyanamitta and freshman Laura Gonzalez-Escallon were recognized.
Brouse was tabbed Golfweek's Coach of the Year after leading the seventh-ranked Boilermakers to the 2010 national championship, the first women's golf title not just for Purdue but for the Big Ten Conference.
Brouse is in his 12th season as the head coach of both the men's and the women's golf programs at his alma mater and in his 32nd year as a Division I head coach - he spent 20 seasons at North Carolina. This is Brouse's first team national championship, but he guided Maria Hernandez to the individual NCAA title last season. Brouse has led Purdue to the NCAA finals every year since 2000 and has developed the Boilers into a fixture among the elite women's programs.
The Boilermakers earned two tournament victories in the fall and briefly held a No. 1 ranking in the Golfstat polls. In the spring, Purdue won its third consecutive Big Ten Conference title and the fifth under Brouse. The Indianapolis native was Golfweek'stop coach in 2006, and was named the NGCA Coach of the Year this year and in 2006.
"Just being able to call it like it is, and be straight up with the players and be frank and open and honest is what you have to (do) to be a good coach and be effective," Brouse said.
LeBlanc earned first team Golfweek All-American. It is the first time she has been named to the top team. She has twice been honored as a second team All-American by the NGCA and last year was placed on the second team by Golfweek. The Sherbrooke, Quebec, native was Purdue's highest finisher at the NCAA Championships, tying for third. She carded her career-best round with a 67 on the opening day of the NCAA finals. LeBlanc won two tournaments this season, the Lady Northern Invitational and the Windy City Collegiate. The 6-foot-1 golfer finished fourth at the Big Ten Championships, earned the Mary Fossum Award for the conference low scoring average and was named first team All-Big Ten.
Gulyanamitta was named third team All-American by Golfweek
, after earning honorable mention All-America accolades from the NGCA. Gulyanamitta tied for ninth at the NCAA Championships, her best finish in three years at the finals. The native of Thailand recorded eight top-10 finishes this season, her best was a runner-up placement at the Lady Northern Invitational. Gulyanamitta finished sixth at the Big Ten Championships was a first team All-Big Ten selection for the third time in her career.
Newcomer Gonzalez-Escallon was selected as an honorable mention All-American by Golfweek, garnering her first All-America recognition. Gonzalez-Escallon became just the second freshman in conference history to win the Big Ten Championships individual title. She earned Big Ten Freshman of the Year and was named first team All-Big Ten after winning her first collegiate tournament. The native of Belgium, had the third-lowest stroke average on the team at 74.2, had two rounds of 69 on the season and finished in the top 25 in 10 of 13 tournaments on the year.
To read the full list of national honors as selected by Golfweek, please click here.