Ping/ASU Invitational Preview

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Maria Hernandez is coming off a first place showing at the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM
Maria Hernandez is coming off a first place showing at the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM

April 1, 2009

TEMPE, Ariz. - The ninth-ranked Purdue women's golf team will seek their third team title of the spring season when they compete at the 2009 Ping/ASU Invitational at the 6,230-yard par-72 ASU Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz. on Apr. 3-5. The event is being hosted by the top-ranked team in the country, Arizona State, and features a field with 10 teams ranked in the top-25 of the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index, including No. 1 Arizona State, No. 2 UCLA, No. 3 USC and No. 5 Oklahoma State.

Purdue is coming off a first place finish at the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational last week, where the Boilermakers used a tournament-low 54-hole score of 872 (+8) to beat top-ranked Arizona State by six strokes and take home their fourth team title of the 2008-09 season.

In that victory, senior Maria Hernandez earned medalist honors shooting a six-under par 210, the lowest individual score in the tournament's 36-year history. The two-time first team All-American's lowest 54-hole score of the season also earned her the sixth Big Ten Golfer of the Week award of her career and second of the season. The Pamplona, Spain, native now has three first place finishes this season and is averaging 73.0 strokes per round.

Sophomore Maude-Aimee Leblanc also had a strong showing last week, finishing in fourth place with a three-round score of even-par 216. The Sherbrooke, Quebec, native landed in her fourth top-five finish this season and is averaging 73.7 strokes per round.

Also making the trip for the Boilermakers this week will be sophomores Junthima Gulyanamitta and Thea Hoffmeister. Both golfers finished in a tie for 17th last week, shooting 54-hole scores of 223 (+7). In only four events of eligibility, Hoffmeister has managed to finish in the top-10 three times this season and enters Friday's play averaging 73.3 strokes per round, while Gulyanamitta comes in firing 74.3 strokes per round and already has a first place on her 2008-09 resume, winning at the Windy City Collegiate in the fall.

 

 

In addition to No. 1 Arizona State, No. 2 UCLA, No. 3 USC and No. 5 Oklahoma State, the field includes No. 12 Pepperdine, No. 13 Vanderbilt, No. 15 Denver, No. 21 Stanford, No. 24 California, No. 26 Arizona, No. 28 Oregon, No. 29 New Mexico, No. 40 Texas A&M, No. 42 Colorado, No. 55 Tulsa and No. 58 UCF. All rankings are based upon the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Performance index, updated on March 29.

This is the first time Purdue will compete at the ASU/Ping Invitational. USC won the event in 2008, firing a 10-under par 854, while Trojan golfer Dewi Schreefel took home medalist honors with a score of 209 (-5).

The 54-hole event will be played over three days with 18 holes played each day. Action will get underway at 8:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and 7:30 a.m. on Sunday.

Live scoring will be available for all three rounds at golfstat.com.. Recaps and results will be posted at purduesports.com at the conclusion of each day.