May 17, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The No. 7 Purdue women's golf team is headed to Athens, Ga., for the 2013 NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championships hosted by the University of Georgia from May 21 to 24. The Boilermakers are making their 14th-consecutive appearance in the NCAA finals, a feat matched by only two other schools, Arizona State and Southern California.
Twenty-four teams and six individuals will compete at the University of Georgia Golf Course, a par-72, 6,372-yard venue, in search of team and individual titles.
The teams joining No. 7 Purdue, the 2013 Big Ten co-champions are top-ranked Southern California, No. 2 Alabama, No. 3 Duke, No. 4 Oklahoma, No. 5 Arkansas, No. 6 UCLA, No. 8 Vanderbilt, No. 9 Arizona, No. 10 Stanford, No. 11 Florida, No. 13 Arizona State, No. 14 Oklahoma State, No. 15 Tulane, No. 16 Texas, No. 20 Northwestern, No. 23 UC Davis, No. 25 Michigan State, No. 33 South Carolina, No. 35 Auburn, No. 38 Oregon, No. 45 Mississippi State, No. 53 San Jose State and No. 56 Wisconsin.
The six individuals in the field are Emilie Burger of Georgia, Jennifer Ha from Kent State, Olafia Kristinsdottir of Wake Forest, Ying Luo from Washington, Kelly Shon (Princeton) and Erica Popson, Tennessee.
Purdue head coach Devon Brouse has led the Boilermakers to a top 10 finish each of the last seven seasons, including the school's first women's golf national championship in 2010 and a runner up finish in 2011. In addition to the team's success, Maria Hernandez won the individual title as a senior in 2009 and Christel Boeljon tied for second place in 2007. The Boilermakers finished in second place as a team in 2007 as well.
Purdue's five golfer team consists of three seniors, Laura Gonzalez-Escallon, Paula Reto and Kishi Sinha; a sophomore, Aurora Kan and freshman Margaux Vanmol. The Boilermakers finished second at the NCAA West Regional on May 11, one stroke behind top-ranked Southern Cal. Reto, the 2013 Big Ten medalist, tied for first with Southern Cal's Annie Park at the West Regional.
The four-round tournament begins Tuesday, May 21, but the event gets underway with practice rounds on Sunday and Monday. All participants will compete throughout the entire 72 holes of championship stroke-play competition. In the team competition, the low four scores for each team will count in each day's total score.
Purdue will be paired with Oklahoma and Tulane in the first and second rounds and will tee off from hole No. 1 beginning at 12:58 p.m. ET on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the trio will tee off on hole No. 10 beginning at 8:25 a.m. Thursday and Friday's tee times are based on team standings.
For ticket information, call 877-542-1231 or visit ncaa.com/tickets. Live scoring from the entire championship as well as live streaming of holes 17 and 18 during the final two rounds of competition can be found online at ncaa.com. Additionally, highlights and a recap of play will be provided after competition concludes on Thursday and Friday, May 23 and 24. Daily recaps of Purdue's results will be posted to purduesports.com.