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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue women’s golf team is set for its 17th NCAA Championship appearance, opening play at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Illinois on Friday. The Boilermakers earned their championship bid with a fifth-place performance at the NCAA Columbus Regional on May 10, and return to the national tournament in a team capacity for the second time in the last three seasons.
The Boilermakers’ championship efforts are led by veteran senior August Kim, who makes her third straight trip to the NCAA finals. Kim advanced with the team in 2015, helping Purdue qualify for the fourth round and finish 12th overall, and then made it to NCAA’s as an individual in 2016, where she played the full 72 on the strength of an opening-round 68 at the Eugene Country Club.
Junior Marta Martin is the only other Boilermaker with NCAA Championship experience, playing as a freshman alongside Kim at Concession Golf Club in Florida in 2015. Martin had the Boilermakers’ top individual score at the 2015 national championships, finishing tied for 25th at 13-over par in her only collegiate 72-hole outing. Martin is coming off her best performance of the season, tying for third at the Columbus Regional at one-over par.
The Boilermakers will play the first 36 holes of NCAA’s in familiar company, set to tee off with Ohio State and Michigan in the first two rounds. The trio is scheduled for the opening group off No. 1 at 7:30 a.m. CT on Friday, and will tee off at noon Saturday off the back-nine.
The NCAA Championships features 24 teams, welcoming the top-six finishers from each of the four regional championships. Eight of the top-10 ranked teams in the nation made the championships, while just nine of the next 15 squads on the ranking list advanced as well. A record five Big Ten teams are making the trip to Rich Harvest Farms, including the 2017 conference champions from Michigan State, who were not slotted to receive a regional bid before earning the Big Ten’s automatic spot.
THE COURSE: Rich Harvest Farms
Rich Harvest Farms plays host to the 2017 NCAA Championships, listed at par 72, 6,343 yards for the event. The home course of Northern Illinois University, it opened in 1999, and has played host to a variety of outstanding events. Before hosting this year’s national field it welcomed the 2015 Western Amateur, the 2015 Palmer Cup, the 2014 NCAA Men’s Midwest Regional and the 2009 Solheim Cup.
AT THIS EVENT
The Boilermakers have competed at a high level on the national scene over the last 20 years, winning the 2010 NCAA Championship and turning in four other top-five team performances. Purdue was the national runner-up in 2007 and 2011, and posted a third-place finish in 2013. In addition to its team success, Maria Hernandez captured individual medalist honors at the 2009 NCAA Championships, Maude-Aimee LeBlanc tied for third in 2010, and Paula Reto took third in 2013.
THE PLAYERS (Season Stats)
|PLAYER||HOMETOWN||RDS.||AVG.||TOP 10||LOW 18||LOW 54|
|Micaela Farah||Lima, Peru||19||75.5||0||70||219|
|August Kim||St. Augustine, Fla.||28||72.5||7||68||210|
|Marta Martin||Madrid, Spain||28||75.4||2||70||217|
|Melati Putri||Denpasar, Bali||21||75.8||1||71||214|
|Cova SanJuan||Aviles, Spain||25||75.2||1||69||218|
• The Boilermakers put three players on the 2017 All-Big Ten teams as senior August Kim and freshman Micaela Farah earned first-team honors and sophomore Cova SanJuan grabbed a second-team award
• Kim is the 13th player in program history to earn at least two First Team All-Big Ten honors in her career
• Kim’s 72.5 stroke average this season is currently the third-best single-season average in program history, trailing only Maria Hernandez’s mark from 2007-08 of 71.43, and Paula Reto’s 2013 mark of 72.35
• Kim was 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 64 percent of her tournament rounds at par or better this season, good for a team-high 16 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
• SanJuan and 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 the first Purdue freshman to earn First Team All-Big Ten honors since Laura Gonzalez Escallon in 2013, and the sixth freshman in program history to secure the award
• Farah has turned in a qualifying team score in each of her first 16 rounds as a Boilermaker, including a career-best 70 in the opening round at the 3M Augusta Invitational
• Junior Marta Martin is coming off a season-best performance at the NCAA Columbus Regional, where she shot an opening-round 70 and final-round 71 to tie for third place
• Martin and Kim are the only two Boilermakers’ to play a 72-hole event in their collegiate careers
• Sophomore Melati Putri is in the lineup for the third straight tournament after sitting out back-to-back events to close the regular season and not playing in the five-player lineup since late February
• The Boilermakers placed two individuals in the top-10 of four of nine stroke-play tournaments this season, including three straight in the fall and the 3M Augusta Invitational
• 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
• 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