May 29, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Women's Golf Coaches Association announced the 2012-13 All-American Teams for Division I women's golf on Wednesday and senior Paula Reto was named to the first team.
The Cape Town, South Africa, native earned third place at the 2013 NCAA Championships in Athens, Ga., and finished the year ranked No. 12 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Player Rankings. Purdue finish third as a team, extending its streak of top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships to eight, a feat only 2013 NCAA champion Southern California has matched.
Reto becomes the first Purdue golfer since Maria Hernandez to be named to the coaches' first team All-America list. Hernandez, the 2009 NCAA individual champion was a three-time first team All-American from 2007 to 2009.
Reto had an outstanding senior season after a highly successful career. She won the Big Ten individual title this year by seven strokes, was named the Mary Fossum Award winner for low stroke average in the conference, earned Big Ten All-Championships Team honors and was named first team All-Big Ten for the third time. Reto finished the season with a team and career-low stroke average of 72.35. Including the Big Ten title, she won four tournaments this season, most recently a tie for first with PING WGCA Player of the Year, Annie Park at the NCAA West Regional.
A freshman on the 2010 NCAA championship team, Reto was part of two Big Ten championships (2010 and 2013), was named Big Ten Golfer of the Week seven times, including three honors this season and as a junior was named honorable mention NGCA All-American and third team All-American by Golfweek. She won a total of six tournaments as a Boilermaker.
Reto holds the school record for low individual round, firing an eight-under par 64 in the final round of the 2012 Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate. Her tournament-winning three-round total of 207 in the event also was a school record.
Reto and freshman Margaux Vanmol also earned WGCA All-Region for the West Region.