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Purdue Golf: Hernandez Takes Second At European Championships

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue senior Maria Hernandez finished in second place following a three-hole playoff at the 21st International European Ladies’ Amateur Championship at the Golf Club Schloss Schönborn in Austria.

Maria Hernandez earned a second place finish at the 2008 European Championships.

Maria Hernandez earned a second place finish at the 2008 European Championships.

The two-time All-American, Hernandez ended regulation tied for the lead with fellow Spaniard, Carlota Ciganda after shooting a three-over 76 in her final round. Hernandez and Ciganda went on to break the tie with a playoff on holes 7, 8 and 9. Ciganda sealed her second European Championship title with birdies on the first two extra holes.

Hernandez entered the final round with a one shot lead over Ciganda and at one point held a three-stroke lead in her final round but was unable to clinch the victory when she missed a short put on 18, leaving her in a first place tie with a three-under par 289 (70-73-70-76).

Thea Hoffmeister, a second-semester freshman who will be eligible to compete for the Boilermakers in January, also competed in the event, ending tied for 19th with a four-day total of 300 (77-74-73-76).

The European Amateur Championship was held on the Red Course of the Golf Club Schloss Schönborn, a par-73, 5,959-yard venue. Approximately 124 players from 20 nations competed in four rounds of stroke play to earn the title of Europe’s best amateur.

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