May 21, 2010
The Purdue women's golf team won the first national championship in program history on Friday night at the 2010 NCAA Women's Golf Championships at the Country Club of Landfall in Wilmington, N.C. The Boilermakers finished one-over par to stave off a strong charge from Southern California, which finished one stroke behind at two-over par. It is the first NCAA Women's Golf Championship for any Big Ten school.
Purdue fired a seven-over par 295 during Friday's final round, holding off the Trojans one-over par 289 outing for the team title. The Boilermakers earned their fifth straight top 10 finish at the national championships and cracked through to win the team title after finishing as high as second in 2007.
Purdue's Maude-Aimee LeBlanc guided the Boilermakers to the finish with a one-under par 71 in the final round. Numa Guylanamitta finished the day two-over par, while Thea Hoffmeister and Paula Reto were three-over par to clinch the Purdue win. Laura Gonzalez-Escallon was four-over par on the day.
LeBlanc and Gulyanamitta each finished in the red for the championships. LeBlance was tied for third at seven-under par, while Gulyanamitta completed the championships at two-under par, which put her in a three-way tie for ninth place. Oklahoma State's Caroline Hedwall finished atop the individual leaderboard at 12-under par.