Jan. 31, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The 10th-ranked Purdue women's golf team departs for Fort Myers, Fla., on Friday for two rounds of golf that will include an alumni match as part of preparations for the start of the spring season.
The Boilermakers will play at the Bonita Bay Club in Bonita Springs, Fla., on Saturday followed by a round of golf and practice at the Fiddlesticks Country Club in Fort Myers on Sunday.
Purdue is led by a trio of seniors, Laura Gonzalez-Escallon, Paula Reto and Kishi Sinha. Gonzalez-Escallon won the 2012 Big Ten Championships individual title, the second of her career and earned Big Ten Player of the Year, as well as second team All-America honors.
Reto led the Boilermakers this fall with a 72.3 stroke average and won the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship in Knoxville, Tenn., on Oct. 14. It was the first individual title of the season for the senior from Cape Town, South Africa, and the third of her career. Reto was the Boilermakers low individual in all three fall tournaments, earning a No. 27 ranking as an individual in the Golfweek/Sagarin Ratings Index. The final tournament of the season, the Landfall Tradition, was cancelled after one round due to Hurricane Sandy.
Sinha is Purdue's second-highest ranked golfer at No. 66. She had two top-10 finishes in the fall and finished with a 74.7 stroke average.
Also traveling with the team are sophomore Aurora Kan and freshmen Brooke Beegle and Margaux Vanmol. The Boilermakers are led by Hall of Fame coach Devon Brouse who is in his 15th season at his alma mater. Purdue will start spring competition by hosting the Lady Puerto Rico Classic from Feb. 10 to 12 in Rio Grande, P.R.