Women's Golf Team Will Kick Off Season at Texas A&M
Boilers look to advance to NCAA's again.
Feb. 18th, 1998
Last season, the Purdue women's golf team made its first ever appearance in an NCAA regional, being one of 19 teams selected to compete for a spot in the NCAA Championships. The Boilermakers finished in the top six in every tournament, including first-place finishes in the Boilermaker Invitational and the Snowbird Invitational. Purdue followed with three second-place finishes and one third in the fall. Bob Prange, who just announced this will be his last season as head coach, has every reason to be optimistic about the 1998 season, with all of the major contributors from last year's squad returning. "We have been looking forward to spring for awhile," said Prange. "We had such a great fall season."
Leading the crop of returnees are senior Colleen Cashman, junior Angela Blythe and sophomore Stacy Orschell. Cashman tied for seventh at the Big Ten Championships last year, shooting 317 over four rounds. She was also second on the team with a 79.7 average and placed in the top ten on four different occasions. Blythe maintained a steady 80.0 average and contributed three top ten finishes, including a second-place finish at the Snowbird Invitational. Orschell is coming off an excellent freshman campaign, where she finished in the top ten in three tournaments, including a second-place tie at the Boilermaker Invitational. She averaged a team-low 79.5, and finished 18th overall at the Big Ten Championships.
Purdue will also look for help from senior Heather Hasselberg, junior Johanna Gollings and sophomore Kelly Beth Simmons. Hasselberg placed eighth at the Boilermaker Invitational and finished the season with a 82.3 average. Gollings shot a 328 at the Big Ten Championships, third best on the team. Simmons participated in six of Purdue's last eight meets a year ago, highlighted by a 19th place finish at the Boilermaker Invitational. The addition of freshmen Jenny Glasier, Andi Homan and Andrea Quandt should provide quality depth for coach Prange. "We have three really good players in Colleen, Angie and Stacy," added Prange. "And if Johanna and Kelly Beth play like they can, we'll have a group of five tough players."
With all of the major contributors from a team that made its first ever NCAA regional appearance a year ago returning, the Boilermakers are poised to build on last year's success and return to the NCAA regional tournament.
The spring season begins when Purdue travels to College Station, Texas on Feb. 23-24 to compete in the Texas A&M Aggie Classic.