Dec. 4, 1997

Purdue Golf Program Receives Committments from Two of Nation's Top Players

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Head women's golf coach Bob Prange announced the signing of two blue-chip recruits Wednesday.

The signees are Andrea Makauskas of Toronto, Canada and Christy Rittenhouse of Pavilion, New York. "With their talent, we could contend for the Big Ten title for years to come," Prange said.

Makauskas has won Canadian and U.S. national junior events while compiling a 74.5 tournament average. "Andrea is very strong, she can hit the ball a long way and is extremely competitive on the golf course," Prange said. Makauskas is also a 1996-97 USGA Junior Girls Qualifier. "I am looking forward to coming to Purdue," she said. "They have a great reputation in sports and academics, and I am excited about the new course."

Rittenhouse is the state junior champion of New York and has qualified for the USGA Junior Girls team. She is just as proficient in the classroom as on the course, sporting a 3.9 grade point average. "Christy is unique because she has an incredible work ethic and has really developed her game over the past few years," Prange said. Rittenhouse has also had several top finishes in national junior tournaments. "I am really excited about coming to Purdue," Rittenhouse said. "They have a great team and coach Prange is an excellent teacher."

The two are not unfamiliar to each other as they have competed on the same junior nationals team the last three years. "This is great that we are playing together," Makauskus added. "We know how to push each other to succeed."

The women's team begins the spring season at the Texas A&M Aggie Classic, February 23-24. Purdue will open the new Pete Dye-designed Kampen course in July of 1998.