Oct. 28, 2007
WILMINGTON, N.C. -
The Purdue women's golf team could not regain any ground in the final round, finishing second with a total score of 887 (+23) at the Landfall Tradition at the Country Club of Landfall's Jack Nicklaus course. The Purdue men were sixth after firing a final round 310 for a three-day total of 896 (+32).
Wake Forest's Nannette Hill edged Purdue's Maria Hernandez and Michigan State's Laura Kueny by one shot for first place on the women's side. Hernandez finished with a 218, firing a 73 on Sunday, after an opening-round 71 and a second-round 74.
Purdue junior Christel Boeljon dropped to a tie for 8th after leading the first two rounds of play. She carded a final-round 81 for a total of 221, after opening the tournament with four-under par 68, followed by an even-par 72.
Freshman Junthima Gulyanamitta was the low golfer for the Boilermakers in the final round with a one-under 71. She finished tied for 13th with a total score of 224. Maude-Aimee Leblanc finished tied for 19th, giving Purdue four golfers in the top 20 individually. LeBlanc recorded a 78 on Sunday for a total of 226. Stephanie Oukeo fired a 79 in the final round to finish tied for 44th with a total score of 237.
Virginia Tech slipped past defending champion Tulsa for the men's championship and Wake Forest captured the women's title on the final day. The Hokies shot a solid 290 on the final day to force a tie with Tulsa for the men's team crown and collected first place on the basis of the fifth player's score.
Junior Nicolas Geyger of Tulsa led wire-to-wire to claim medalist honors in the men's event, fashioning a 9-under-par 67-68-72=207 over the three days. Only four men shot under par as windy conditions and lightning-quick greens provided for a stiff challenge on the par 72, 7,130-yard layout.
The Purdue men were led on Sunday by junior Michael Randle
and freshman Maximo Kopp
, each fired a 77 in the final round. Randle finished tied for 22nd with a total of 224 and Kopp tied for 29th with a 227.
Junior Tom Oliver tied for 17th with a three-round total of 222. His final round 78 came after an opening-round 71 and a second-round 73. Freshman Nakarintra Ratanakul fired an 82 today and finished tied for 35th with a 229 and Erich Johnston tied for 38th after rounds of 76-77-78 (231).
Virginia Tech (300-282-290=872) and Tulsa (286-285-301=872) were followed on the men's leaderboard by Ohio State (295-286-294=875), Iowa (298-291-286=875), Georgia Southern (292-291-306=889), Purdue (293-293-310=896), Xavier (309-290-303=902), Kansas (308-295-300=903), Virginia (309-289-305=903), UNC Wilmington (302-293-310=905), VCU (311-296-301=908) and William & Mary (315-307-313=935).
The Demon Deacons, meanwhile, maintained their nine-stroke advantage from the second round to capture their first Landfall women's title with a 14-over 878. Only two women broke par in the final round. Penn State's Christin Pacacha fired a two-fewer than 70 and Gulyanamitta shot a one-under 71.
In the final women's standings, Wake Forest (296-281-301=878) finished ahead of Purdue (287-299-301=887), Michigan State (299-291-301=891), Virginia (290-302-305=897), Tulsa (310-290-300=900), UNC Wilmington (308-288-309=905), Ohio State (297-302-311=910), UNC Chapel Hill (310-311-305=926), N.C. State (319-303-315=937), UNC Greensboro (320-308-314=942), Penn State (325-308-310=943) and Michigan (306-318-321=945).
The Purdue men's golf team is idle until resuming competition in February in Puerto Rico. The Boilermaker women are back in action Nov. 4 to 6 at the Hooters Match Play in Orlando, Fla.