WGOLF Chases Title at B1G Championships
April 19, 2017


Live Results / Tournament Info / 2016-17 Season Stats 

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue women's golf team heads to Maineville, Ohio, this weekend for the 36th-annual Big Ten Championships, hosted by the conference office at TPC River's Bend Friday through Sunday. Head coach Devon Brouse and his Boilermakers aim to contend for their seventh Big Ten title, and their first since 2013, while senior August Kim looks to defend her individual crown from 2016.

The Boilermakers are slotted as one-of-three front runners to contend for the team title alongside Northwestern and Ohio State. The Wildcats and Buckeyes have tied for the last two team titles, and Ohio State has earned a share of three straight, tying with Michigan State in 2014. Purdue already has head-to-head wins over Northwestern and Ohio State this season, topping the Wildcats and Buckeyes at the Windy City Collegiate Championship.

Kim aims to become the 10th player in conference history to win multiple Big Ten Championships, and just the eighth to do so consecutively. She set a conference championship record on her way to the 2016 title, shooting a career-best nine-under, 207, including her final-round five-under, 67. Her 54-hole score matched the second-best in Purdue history, while her 18-hole mark is No. 12 all-time at Purdue and the second-best ever by a Boilermaker at the conference championships. Kim's top contenders for the overall crown include two-time defending Big Ten Player of the Year Hannah Kim of Northwestern, Wisconsin's Brooke Ferrell and Michigan State's Sarah Burnham. Ferrell was two shots back from August Kim last season in third place, while Burnham tied for seventh and Hannah Kim tied for ninth. Ohio State's Katja Pogacar and Jessica Porvasnik are names to watch as well, each posting top-10 finishes in both of the last two seasons.

Tournament play is scheduled to begin Friday morning, with live results available via GolfStat.com. The Big Ten Network will air the final round of competition via tape delay Saturday, April 29, at noon ET.

THE FIELD
The Big Ten Conference Championships will feature 12 of the top-100 teams in the nation, including six of the top-50. Northwestern headlines the field in the national rankings at 14 and 13 respectively in the GolfWeek and GolfStat polls, while Ohio State sits in front of the Boilermakers on GolfWeek at 29, but just behind No. 24 Purdue on GolfStat at 31. Other potential contenders include Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin who all hold spots in the top-50. The Boilermakers have already had tournament play against 10 Big Ten opponents, holding a 10-1 mark against the field. Purdue's only loss to a conference foe this season came at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic, where Michigan finished ninth to the Boilermakers' 11th-place effort.

Team GolfWeek GolfStat
Northwestern 14 13
Ohio State 29 31
Purdue 33 24
Illinois 36 29
Michigan 40 33
Wisconsin 48 52
Michigan State 60 64
Maryland 62 61
Penn State 70 77
Minnesota 83 86
Iowa 89 84
Indiana 97 100
Nebraska 113 118
Rutgers 143 137

THE COURSE: TPC River's Bend
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. This weekend's championship will be the first Big Ten event in Ohio since 2004, and the fourth time ever in the Buckeye State.

AT THIS EVENT
Purdue is tied for the sixth-most Big Ten Championships all-time, winning six conference titles, all coming between 2000 and 2013. The Boilermakers have earned eight individual Big Ten championships, most recently by August Kim last year at The Fort Golf Resort in Indianapolis. Purdue owns individual tournament records for lowest 72-hole score (Laura Gonzalez Escallon, 280) and lowest 54-hole score (August Kim, 207) and has the lowest team 72-hole score (1,158, 2010).

THE PLAYERS (Season Stats)

PLAYER HOMETOWN RDS. AVG. TOP 10 LOW 18 LOW 54
Linn Andersson Jonkoping, Sweden 16 74.8 2 69 212
Micaela Farah Lima, Peru 13 75.2 0 70 219
August Kim St. Augustine, Fla. 22 72.1 6 68 210
Marta Martin Madrid, Spain 22 75.7 1 71 217
Melati Putri Denpasar, Bali 15 75.3 1 71 214
Cova SanJuan Aviles, Spain 19 74.1 1 69 218

#BOILERNOTES
• Senior August Kim has been named Big Ten Women's Golfer of the Week twice this spring, earning the honor in back-to-back weeks after a third-place effort at the 3M Augusta Invitational and medalist honors at the Henssler Financial Intercollegiate
• Kim has shot a season-best 68 on two occasions this season, both tied for the 22nd-best round in program history
• Kim has played 68.2 percent of her tournament rounds at par or better this season, good for a team-high 15 rounds at the mark
• Kim owns the Boilermakers' only two eagles of the season
• Kim advanced to Stage III of the LPGA Qualifying Tournament in the fall, one-of-11 amateurs to reach the final stage
• Sophomore Covadonga SanJuan and freshman Micaela Farah posted consecutive top-20 individual finishes at the 3M Augusta Invitational and the Henssler Intercollegiate, with SanJuan posting fifth and 12th-place showings, and Farah placing 11th and 14th
• SanJuan was the Boilermakers' top finisher in two straight tournaments, shooting four-over, 220, and tying for 16th at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic and posting a two-over, 218, to tie for 18th at The Dickson in Houston
• Farah is eligible for the Big Ten Freshman of the Year award, aiming to become the first Boilermaker to earn the honor since Laura Gonzalez Escallon in 2010, and the seventh player in program history
• Farah has turned in a qualifying team score in each of her first 13 rounds as a Boilermaker, including a career-best 70 in the opening round at the 3M Augusta Invitational
• Purdue is 10-1 against Big Ten opponents in stroke play this season
• The Boilermakers have placed two individuals in the top-10 of four of seven stroke-play tournaments this season, including three straight in the fall and the 3M Augusta Invitational last weekend
• Purdue has won a pair of tournaments this season, taking the season-opening Minnesota Invitational and earning the team title at Augusta with a 54-hole score of 14-over, 878
• The Boilermakers matched the eighth-best 18-hole team score in program history at The Dickson, shooting a six-under, 282, in the opening round
• The Boilermakers are 4-2 in match play this season, going 3-0 at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic and taking fourth place at the Gifford Great 8 Match Play, hosted by UCLA, in Purdue's only other match-play event of the year
GolfWeek.com's Lance Ringler picked the Boilermakers to win the Big Ten Conference this season
• Purdue has four players currently on the LPGA Tour, including tour rookie Laura Gonzalez Escallon who tied for eighth at the 2017 season-opening LPGA Pure Silk Bahamas event, and Maude-Aimee Leblanc who tied for seventh at the 2017 ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open


 

 

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