2010 Big Ten Women's Golf Championships Get Underway Friday
April 21, 2010
The University of Wisconsin and the University Ridge Golf Course will play host to the 2010 Big Ten Women's Golf Championships on April 23-25. It will be the first time since 2000 the annual championship has been contested in Madison. Action begins with a 36-hole outing on Friday, while 18 holes will be played during Saturday's third and Sunday's final rounds.
The Big Ten Conference Championship will be tightly contested as four teams appear in the top 36 of the latest Golfweek rankings, while an additional nine golfers appear in the top 100 of the individual ranks.
The eighth-ranked Boilermakers, who welcome back medalist Maude-Aimee LeBlanc and three other returning scorers from last season, aim for their third straight conference championship. In all, four Boilermakers fall in the top 100 of the latest Golfweek rankings, including LeBlanc at No. 8, Numa Gulyanamitta at No. 26, Laura Gonzalez-Escallon at No. 59, and Thea Hoffmeister at No. 96. Kishi Sinha joins Gulyanamitta, LeBlanc and Hoffmeister as returning scorers from the 2009 championship team.
Finishing as the runner-up for the second straight year, No. 13 Michigan State returns all six of its competitors from the 2009 championships, including its top performer from a year ago in Laura Kueny. The senior is ranked 18th nationally in the latest rankings and finished fourth at the 2009 championships. Appearing at No. 68 in the latest polls, Aimee Neff is Michigan State's other ranked competitor.
Ohio State returns its top three finishers from last year's squad that finished third at the conference championships. Emma Jandel, Vicky Villanueva and In Hong Lim all placed in the top 25 at last year's championships, and with the addition of freshman Rachel Rohanna, ranked 64th in the latest Golfweek rankings, the No. 19 Buckeyes aim to climb the standings.
Purdue successfully defended their 2008 championship with a win on its home course in 2009. The Boilermakers finished with a four-round total of 1,209 (+57) to finish ahead of the field. Michigan State was second with 1,246 (+94) strokes, while Ohio State was third with a total 1,255 (+103). Individually, Purdue teammates Maria Hernandez and LeBlanc shared individual medalist honors as both finished with a nine-over par effort. The pair's final total of 297 tied for 10th in the conference record books for lowest winning individual score at the Big Ten Championships.