May 9, 1998
DURHAM, N.C.-The Purdue women's golf team saw their season come to an end Saturday afternoon at the NCAA East Regional at the Duke Golf Club after posting a team score of 323 in the final round. Leading the Boilers was senior, and all-Big Ten selection Colleen Cashman, who fired a 75 in the last round giving her a three-round total of 231, 12 strokes over par. She tied for 38th in the overall standings. Sophomore Stacy Orschell and junior Angie Blythe each tied for 77th with a 21-over par total of 240. Junior Johanna Gollings shot a three-over par 76 in the final round and tied for 89th, while classmate Lisa Kenley also tied for 89th.
Georgia won the team title with a six-over par team total of 882. Duke finished second with a score of 890, while Indiana and LSU tied for 3rd (904). Ohio State and Florida (911) and North Carolina and Auburn (916) rounded out the top eight spots. These teams will advance to the NCAA Championships in two weeks at Wisconsin's University Ridge Golf Course. Purdue dropped to 18th in the team standings. Georgia's Reilley Rankin won medalist honors by firing a two-under par 71 in the final round, giving her a total of 216 over three rounds, surpassing teammate Julia Boros, who shot a two-over par in the final round and tied for second with Indiana's Erin Carney. Florida's Riko Higashio (218) and Duke's Jenny Chuasiriporn (219) closed out the top five.
In the 22-year history of women's golf at Purdue, no team had ever been invited to play at the NCAA regionals until last year. The 1997-98 team's performance deserved the same honors and with all but one letterwinner returning and the addition of one of nation's finest University Golf Course's next year, a third trip to the regionals doesn't sound far-fetched.