WGOLF Ready for Big Ten Championships
April 18, 2018

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue women’s golf team opens postseason play Friday, heading to TPC River’s Bend for the 2018 Big Ten Championships. The Boilermakers have their sights set on a seventh conference tournament championship, aiming to bring home the hardware for the first time since 2013.

Purdue enters the conference championships as the No. 4 ranked team via GolfWeek.com, and the No. 3 overall ranked team in the GolfStat.com standings. Freshman Inez Wanamarta and sophomore Micaela Farah enter the conference championships as Purdue’s top-two ranked individuals, as Wanamarta is the Big Ten’s top-ranked freshman player at No. 79, while Farah is No. 95 overall in the nation.

The Big Ten has seen remarkable improvement from top-to-bottom in 2017-18, as 13 of the 14 conference teams are ranked in the top 100 going into the weekend. Northwestern and Michigan State head the field, holding consensus top-15 national rankings, while Purdue and Illinois are both represented in the top 25. Wisconsin and Ohio State both have a shot to make a run at the title as well, posting national rankings in the top 50.

Team GolfWeek GolfStat
Northwestern 10 13
Michigan State 11 12
Illinois 22 26
Purdue 31 22
Wisconsin 37 34
Ohio State 46 45
Indiana 62 58
Penn State 67 69
Maryland 70 73
Michigan 76 77
Nebraska 91 93
Minnesota 99 100
Iowa 100 --
Rutgers -- --

THE COURSE: TPC River’s Bend
TPC River’s Bend will play home to the Big Ten Championships for the second straight season. Named by Golf Digest among the "Top 10 Best New Private Clubs in the U.S." after it opened in 2001, the Arnold Palmer-designed golf course has continued to amaze. TPC River's Bend has also been recognized as one of Ohio's Best Courses in State by Golf Digest in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2015 and 2016. TPC River's Bend has previously hosted the Web.com Tour's Chiquita Classic, the PGA TOUR Champions Kroger Classic, and the Junior PGA Championship. The course will play 6.357 yards, par-72.

Purdue has won six Big Ten Conference Championships and boasts eight individual medalists, most recently by August Kim in 2016. The Boilermakers, Northwestern and Michigan State have combined to win the last 12 conference titles, including a tie between Purdue and the Spartans in 2013, Ohio State and Michigan State in 2014, and the Buckeyes matched the Wildcats in 2015 and 2016.

The Boilermakers placed sixth in 2017, shooting 37-over par, 901, led by an eighth-place showing from First Team All-Big Ten honoree August Kim. Micaela Farah is Purdue’s top returning individual, tying for 17th last season at eight-over par, while Marta Martin had the best round for the Boilermakers, shooting one-over par, 73, in the opening 18.

THE PLAYERS (Career Stats)

Micaela Farah Lima, Peru 49 74.7 3 69 214
Lauren Guiao Evansville, Ind. 18 78.2 0 73 227
Marta Martin Madrid, Spain 123 75.2 5 69 211
Mela Putri Bali, Indonesia 78 75.8 3 68 210
Covadonga SanJuan Aviles, Spain 71 75.3 2 69 214
Inez Wanamarta Surabaya, Indonesia 27 73.1 3 67 206

• Purdue owns the fourth-most conference titles in Big Ten history, winning six times, and has the third-most individual medalists in conference championships, boasting nine Big Ten champions
• Boilermaker head coach Devon Brouse is tied for the third-most tournament championships in Big Ten history, leading Purdue to all six of its team titles
• Wanamarta and Farah tied for the Boilermakers’ top score last time out, tying for fourth place at three-over par, 219, at the Lady Boilermaker Classic
• Wanamarta is the top-ranked freshman in the Big Ten at No. 79 in the nation via GolfStat.com, and aims to become the seventh Boilermaker to earn conference freshman of the year honors
• Both Wanamarta and Farah enter Big Ten’s as top-10 ranked players in the field, with Wanamarta sitting No. 8 overall and Farah at No. 10
• Junior Covadonga SanJuan is coming off her best individual performance of the spring, shooting five-over par, 221, to place seventh at the Lady Boilermaker Classic
• SanJuan tied Wanamarta for the Boilermakers’ low individual round at Ackerman-Allen for the tournament, shooting one-under par, 71, in the final round
• Six different Boilermakers have posted top-10 individual performances this season, led by three apiece from Wanamarta and Farah
• Wanamarta has placed in the top 20 in 7-of-10 tournaments this season
• Senior Marta Martin has a pair of top-20 showings at the conference championships on her resume, tying for 17th in 2016 and tying for fifth in 2015
• Martin is averaging 73.7 strokes per round at the Big Ten Championships over her career, with three rounds of par or better
• The Boilermakers have played eight of their last 10 team rounds at five-over par (293) or better




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