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Paula Reto's tie for 13th earned her first career tour card.
The Purdue women's golf team has achieved unprecedented success under head coach Devon Brouse.
The Boilermakers are competing in their 14th-consecutive NCAA Championships on May 21 to 24 in Athens, Ga.
Purdue graduate and 2009 NCAA individual champion Maria Hernandez will continue her position as a volunteer assistant golf coach for the Boilermaker women's program.
"The opportunity to hire an NCAA champion as part of our staff was one that I couldn't pass up," Purdue head coach Devon Brouse said. "To keep Maria involved with our team as a coach will benefit our student-athletes and also her playing career. She has contributed to our program tremendously as a player and now can do so as a coach."
Hernandez recorded her first professional tournament win in May 2010 at the Allianz Ladies Slovak Open, a Ladies European Tour event. The Pamplona, Spain, native finished eight-under par at the Gray Bear Golf Course with a final round of 70 to win by one stroke. She finished 14th at the Women's British Open and 23rd at the Ladies Irish Open, two more LET tournaments.
Hernandez competed on the LPGA Tour during the 2009-2010 Purdue season and assisted the Boilermakers when she was not participating in professional tournaments. She started her professional career on the Duramed FUTURES Tour, an LPGA developmental tour. A fifth-place finish at LPGA Q-School in December 2009, earned Hernandez a spot with the LPGA.
Hernandez participated in three LPGA events in the summer of 2009, the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic, the U.S. Open and the Canadian Open. At the U.S. Open, Hernandez tied for 34th and took home a $20,702 paycheck.
On the FUTURES Tour, Hernandez' highest finish was a tie for eighth at the Turkey Hill Classic in Harrisburg, Pa.
"I am excited for the chance to pursue coaching and the fact that I am able to do so at Purdue is the best part," Hernandez said. "It is an honor for me to work with coach Brouse and I look forward to the opportunity to continue the growth of one of the best college golf programs in the country. I will work as hard as a coach as I did as a player to make an impact."
Hernandez earned a one-stroke victory at the national championships to bring home the first women's golf individual national title in school and conference history. Hernandez, who also won her second straight Big Ten individual title while leading the Boilermakers to their third conference title in four years, was named the Honda Sports Award winner, PING/NGCA National Player of the Year, Big Ten Player of the Year and the Big Ten Suzy Favor Female Athlete of the Year. She finished her career with a school-record 14 tournament wins, including six in 2008-09, and was a three-time winner of the Mary Fossum Award for the lowest stroke average in the Big Ten. In addition to her accolades on the course, Hernandez also was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
Hernandez's Career Accomplishments
Senior Season (2008-09)
>Won the NCAA individual championship, a first for Purdue women's golf
>Honda Sports Award Recipient, a national player of the year recogonition
>NGCA National Player of the Year
>First women's golfer to be named Big Ten Suzy Favor Female Athlete of the Year
>Three-time Big Ten Golfer of the Year
>Mary Fossum Award winner for the third consecutive season
>First-team All Big Ten for the fourth time
>First team All-American by NGCA and Golfweek
>Won six tournaments, giving her a school record 14 tournament victories for her career
>Tied with teammate Maude-Aimee LeBlanc for the Big Ten individual title, her second straight team and individual conference wins
>Medalist at the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational
>Medalist at the PING/ASU Invitational
>Co-medalist at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic
>Medalist at Lady Northern Invitational
>Averaged team-best 72.8 strokes per round
>Played 20 of 38 rounds at even or under par
>Three-time Big Ten Golfer of the Week
Junior Season (2007-08)
>Finished the year with a No. 5 national ranking as an individual
>Named first team NGCA All-American for the second consecutive year
>Earned first team Golfweek All-American
>Named Purdue Female Athlete of the Year
>Won the Big Ten Championships individual title, a first for Purdue women's golf
>Set school and conference record at the Big Ten Championships for low 72-hole tournament total as well as conference mark for low individual round (66)
>Big Ten Player of the Year for the second consecutive year
>First team All-Big Ten for the third consecutive year
>Won second consecutive Mary Fossum Award, given to conference golfer with the lowest stroke-average to par
>second team ESPN/CoSIDA Academic All-District
>Academic All-Big Ten
>Averaged team-best 71.9 strokes per round
>Tied for first at the Liz Murphey Classic and the NCAA Central Regional
>Set school record at the NCAA Regional for low 54-hole tournament score (208)
>Finished in first or second place in four of 10 stroke-play tournaments
>Placed in the top 13 in all but one stroke-play event
>Played 15 of 32 rounds at even or under par
>Shared Big Ten Golfer of the Week honors with Christel Boeljon on March 26
Sophomore Season (2006-07)
>Named first team NGCA All-American, a first for Purdue women's golf
>Earned second team Golfweek All-American
>Big Ten Player of the Year
>First team All-Big Ten
>Won inaugural Mary Fossum Award, given to conference golfer with the lowest stroke-average to par
>Averaged 73.2 strokes per round, best on the team
>Played in all 13 tournaments
>Won the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational, Bryan National Intercollegiate and Lady Buckeye Invitational
>Placed in the top-six of seven tournaments
>Fired 14 rounds even or under par
>Three-time Big Ten Golfer of the Week
Freshman Season (2005-06)
>Earned All-American honorable mention recognition
>First team All-Big Ten
>Played in every tournament
>Averaged 74.2 strokes per round
>Won the Lady Northern Invitational
>Posted a 4-0 record at the Hooters Match Play
>Placed second at the Big Ten Championships
>Placed in the top-12 of eight events
High School (Ortega y Gasset)
>Won the 2005 Mediterranean Games
>Won the 2005 European Amateur Ladies Championship
>Placed second in the Spanish Amateur (U-21)
>Played in the 2004 World Championships with Spain >Placed second in the Spanish Junior Championship
>Won the Mediterranean Games as an individual
>Advanced to final four of the British Amateur
>Member of the European Amateur Ladies Championship teams
>Participated in Vagliano Trophy with Europe