Little shoots 67 on last day.
WILMINGTON, N.C. - Kendra Little fired a 5-under 67 in Friday's final round, but the score was little consolation as Oregon finished its disappointing run at the NCAA women's golf championships.
The Ducks wound up tied for last in the team standings at 66-over 1,218. They turned in their best score of the four-day tournament with a 6-over 294.
Oklahoma State's Caroline Hedwall, a sophomore from Swe-den, won the individual title at 12-under 276 after a 68 on Friday. Arizona State's Jennifer Johnson, who spent most of the first three rounds leading the tournament, began the day one shot up on Hedwall entering the final round but finished second, four strokes behind the two-time Big 12 player of the year, after a 73.
Purdue held off Southern California to win its first team title with a 1-over 1,153. The Boilermakers began the day with a seven-shot lead over USC but did just enough to win after the Trojans carded a 1-over 289 Friday to finish a stroke behind.
USC, which led after each of the first two rounds, could have forced a playoff at the Country Club of Landfall course after Purdue's Maude-Aimee LeBlanc left a 20-foot putt short on the 18th and tapped in for bogey.
"I wish I had finished with a birdie, but I guess a bogey was good enough," a smiling LeBlanc said.
It sure was: The Trojans' Jennifer Song rolled her 10-foot birdie putt to the right of the cup to clinch the title for the Boilermakers.
Before this, the Boilermakers' previous best finish came in 1997, when they were second to Duke. Either the Blue Devils or a Pac-10 team had won every team championship but one from 1993-2009.
"It's significant when somebody can dethrone a Pac-10 team, so to speak, because obviously, they've been a little bit dominant," Purdue coach Devon Brouse said.
The conference still had a strong showing, though.
USC was one of four Pac-10 teams in the top six, with Arizona State fourth at 1,161, Arizona fifth at 1,166 and UCLA sixth at 1,169.
Little's score was among the best of the day, after an 8-under 64 by LSU's Megan McChrystal, who finished tied for fifth at 283, and a pair of 6-under 66s from Auburn's Cydney Clanton and Stanford's Sally Watson.
Little's stellar score wasn't enough to move her into the top half of the leaderboard, however, after she went 79-78-80 in the first three rounds. The Oregon junior began the day tied for 114th place and finished up tied for 86th.
Oregon's top finisher was freshman Cheyenne Hickle, who tied for 57th at 299 after a 76 on Friday. The other UO finishers were Ashley Edwards and Erica Omlid, who tied for 104th at 308, and Kate Hildahl, who was 122nd at 322.
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|Title Annotation:||Golf Oregon Women; Oregon ties for last at NCAA event; Purdue wins team title|
|Publication:||The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)|
|Date:||May 22, 2010|
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