Women's Golf Goes West

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Gulyanamitta is currently ranked 30th according to Golfweek.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM
Gulyanamitta is currently ranked 30th according to Golfweek.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM

April 6, 2010

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The ninth-ranked Purdue women's golf team heads to Tempe, Ariz., to compete in the 2010 Ping/ASU Invitational this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Arizona State will serve as host to a field of 17 teams participating in the three-round event April 9 to 11, at the ASU Karsten Golf Course, a par-72, 6,230-yard venue.

Ranked No. 8 in the most recent Golfweek Ratings, the Boilermakers will face strong competition, including 10 of the top 25 teams in the country. The field will consist of top-ranked UCLA, No. 3 Arizona State, No. 5 Alabama, No. 6 Southern California, No. 7 Arizona, No. 9 Pepperdine, No. 14 California, No. 21 Denver and No. 24 New Mexico.

Most recently, Purdue earned a fourth-place tie at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic in Athens, Ga., where junior Maude-Aimee LeBlanc was the highest finisher for Purdue with a tie for ninth.

Juniors Numa Gulyanamitta, Thea Hoffmeister and LeBlanc are joined by freshmen Laura Gonzalez-Escallon and Paula Reto as the five golfers that will compete for the Boilermakers this weekend. LeBlanc is the highest ranked Boilermaker according to Golfweek at No. 9.

Defending individual medalist Maria Hernandez will return to the tournament in a coaching role with the Boilermakers. Hernandez won the 2009 PING/ASU Invitational with a score of 211 (-3) while leading Purdue to a second-place finish.

Purdue will get things started with tee times beginning at 11 a.m. ET on Friday. Live results are available at golfstat.com and daily results will be posted to purduesports.com.