Big Ten Women's Golf Season in Review
June 12, 2008
The 2007-08 Big Ten women's golf season concluded in dramatic fashion at the NCAA Championships, May 20-23, as Purdue placed fourth in the team competition. The fivesome of Christel Boeljon, Junthima Gulyanamitta, Maria Hernandez, Maude Aimee-LeBlanc and Stephanie Oukeo fired off a final-round score of 283, their best of the championships, improving six spots in the standings. The Boilermakers have now finished in the top-10 the last three years, and also extend the Big Ten's streak of having at least one top-10 finisher at the NCAA Championships to seven straight years.
Top-ranked Southern California (284-300-295-289--1,168) captured the national championship by six strokes over runner-up UCLA (289-295-298-292--1,174). Coming in third was, the reigning champions Duke (299-300-300-281--1,180), edging out Purdue (298-304-303-283--1,188) by eight strokes.
Boeljon recorded the Boilermakers' best score of (73-77-75-68) 293 to finish 12th individually. At the 2007 NCAA event the junior took home national runner-up honors and helped guide her squad to a second-place team finish.
On May 23, the National Golf Coaches Association announced that four Big Ten golfers earned All-America accolades after successful 2007-08 campaigns. Big Ten Player of the Year and Mary Fossum Award winner Hernandez was named a first-team All-American, while teammate Boeljon was selected to the second team. The Boilermaker duo was also named to the Central All-Region team. Receiving honorable mention was Michigan State's Sara Brown and conference Freshman of the Year LeBlanc of Purdue.
Off the course, 40 women's golfers were named Academic All-Big Ten for their efforts in the classroom during 2007-08. Brown and Hernandez were also named by CoSIDA as second-team Academic All-District honorees.