Purdue Represents Big Ten At NCAA Championships

Maude-Aimee LeBlanc and the Boilermakers begin play at the NCAA Championships on Tuesday.

May 17, 2010

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The Purdue Boilermakers will represent the Big Ten at the 2010 NCAA Women’s Golf Championships, scheduled to begin Tuesday at the Country Club of Landfall Pete Dye Course in Wilmington, N.C. Purdue finished third in the Central Regional Championships on May 8, and will be making its 11th-straight appearance at the national championships.

The championships will feature 24 teams and six individuals who have advanced on from three regional competitions. All participants will compete in the 72-hole tournament, with the lowest four scores for each team counting toward its daily score.

The Pete Dye Course, which will play to a par 72 at 6,386 yards, will host the 29th annual championships. It has previously hosted the 1995 NCAA Championships and most recently the 2004 North Carolina Senior Championship.

Last season, Purdue’s Maria Hernandez was the individual champion, becoming the Big Ten’s first golfer to win medalist honors. As a team, the Boilermakers placed 10th overall, the fourth consecutive year they finished in the top 10.

Ranked seventh in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin polls, Purdue has four golfers ranked in the top 100. The Big Ten’s Mary Fossum Award winner Maude-Aimee LeBlanc is No. 12, Numa Gulyanamitta is No. 29, Big Ten medalist champion Laura Gonzalez-Escallon ranks 51st, and Thea Hoffmeister is No. 83.

The four-round, four-day competition is scheduled to begin Tuesday and will culminate on Friday afternoon. Tee times will begin at 8 a.m. ET each day.