College Women

Purdue, LeBlanc go back-to-back

Purdue junior Maude-Aimee Leblanc, the reigning Big 10 champion.
Purdue junior Maude-Aimee Leblanc, the reigning Big 10 champion. ( Tracy Wilcox )

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The Purdue women’s golf team blew over the field at the Windy City Collegiate Classic and won its second consecutive tournament Oct. 6.

Purdue junior Maude-Aimee LeBlanc is also flying high after taking her home her second individual victory in a row, leading a team that lost last year’s NCAA individual champion (Maria Hernandez) to graduation.

After opening with a school record-tying 9-under 279 in Monday morning’s first round, the Boilermakers cruised to a 14-shot victory over Tulane at the Glen Club in Glenview, Ill.

Purdue, which last week cruised to a 13-shot victory at the Lady Northern Invitational, followed with rounds of 285 and 296 for a 4-under 860 total. Tulane finished second at 874 and Arizona third another 11 shots back.

After opening with 68-69 on Day 1, Leblanc closed with 74 for a 5-under 211 total to hold one for a one-shot victory over Michigan’s Ashley Bauer. Linn Gustafsson of Tulane finished third another shot back.

Last week, LeBlanc, the reigning Big Ten champion, shot rounds of 68-72-70 to finish at 6-under 210 and win the Lady Northern.

Purdue finished second in their season-opener at the Mary Fossum Invitational, but LeBlanc didn’t play for Purdue that week because she was playing in the Canadian Women’s Open.

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