2010 Big Ten Women's Golf Season in Review
June 25, 2010
The 2010 Big Ten women’s golf season ended with a national championship-effort by the Purdue Boilermakers at the NCAA Championships, which was held May 18-21 at the Legends of Landfall Course 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 the final round of competition, 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.
The Boilermakers clinched their third-straight Big Ten Championship, finishing with a team total of six-over-par 1158 at the annual event held at the University Ridge Golf Course in Madison, Wis. Michigan State finished second in the team standings with 33-over-par 1185 performance, while Ohio State was third with 1189 and Wisconsin was fourth with 1194.
Individually, Purdue’s Laura Gonzalez-Escallon was the third-straight Boilermaker to win medalist honors, shooting a tournament record 280 by way of 72-70-70-69 totals. She won her first Big Ten individual title, and her total ranks second among University Ridge’s 72-hole women’s collegiate annals. Michigan’s Ashley Bauer finished as the runner-up, completing her championships with a 283 and set the University Ridge 18-hole record after shooting a 65 during Friday’s second round.
At the conclusion of the Big Ten Championships, Michigan State’s Laura Kueny was named Big Ten Golfer of the Year, Purdue’s Gonzalez-Escallon was named Freshman of the Year, and Boilermaker coach Devon Brouse won Coach of the Year honors. Purdue’s Maude-Aimee LeBlanc won the Mary Fossum Player of the Year Award.
At season’s end, Brouse was named National Coach of the Year, while LeBlanc and Kueny were tabbed second-team All-Americans by the National Golf Coaches Association. Purdue’s Numa Gulyanamitta earned honorable mention All-America status.