June 3, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -
Purdue head coach Devon Brouse has led the Purdue women's golf team to unprecedented success in his 15-year tenure at Purdue. The Purdue alumnus has taken the Boilermakers to 14-straight NCAA Championships, a feat only two other schools have accomplished - Arizona State and Southern California. The Boilermakers are in even more elite company as they and Southern Cal are the only two women's golf programs to have earned a top-10 finish at each of the last eight NCAA Championships.
This year's senior class led seventh-ranked Purdue to a third-place finish at the NCAA Championships and for the fifth year in a row a Boilermaker finished third or better as an individual. Laura Gonzalez-Escallon and Paula Reto were freshmen on Purdue's 2010 NCAA championship team and positioned the Boilermakers into the top three, and therefore in the final group, on the final day of all four NCAA Championships. In the last four years, Purdue has finished first, second, ninth and third at the national championships. Additionally, Purdue won two Big Ten championships, had two second-place finishes, Reto won one Big Ten individual medal and Gonzalez-Escallon two.
In 2010, Purdue became the first Northern based school to win an NCAA title and this came just one year after Honda Sports Award winner and three-time first team All-American Maria Hernandez won the individual NCAA championship.
Under Brouse, the Boilermakers have earned 32 All-America honors, with the mostrecent a first team Women's Golf Association All-American accolade for Reto this season. Hernandez was a three-time WGCA first team All-American, as well as a two-time Golfweek first team All-American and Maude-Aimee LeBlanc earned Golfweek first team in 2010.
Brouse has twice been named the WGCA and Golfweek National Coach of the Year (2006 and 2010) and he is the only person to be inducted into both the men's and women's golf coaches associations Halls of Fame.
Purdue has won six Big Ten Championships, including a share of the title this season. More impressively, the Boilermakers have won a conference record six-straight Big Ten individual championships and have won every Mary Fossum Award for low season stroke average in the Big Ten since the inception of the award in 2007. Since 2000, Purdue has had seven Big Ten Players of the Year, six Big Ten Freshmen of the Year and coach Brouse has won five Big Ten Coach of the Year honors. Brouse has guided his golfers to 34 first team All-Big Ten honors and 12 second team accolades. In the same timeframe, the Purdue women have placed student-athletes on the Academic All-Big Ten list 44 times and the national All-Scholar team 16 times.
Brouse has been highly successful sending his golfers on to the professional ranks. Four Boilermakers are currently active on the LPGA Tour, Christel Boeljon, Numa Gulyanamitta, Hernandez and LeBlanc. Boeljon and Hernandez also have found success in the Ladies European Tour, and Boeljon has won four LET tournaments and represented Europe in the 2011 Solheim Cup. Additionally Onnarin "Moo" Sattayabanphot has experienced success on the Japanese LPGA.
Nearly all the individual and school records have been set during Brouse's tenure and the on-campus golf training center and golf courses have seen multi-million dollar upgrades. The Kampen Course, which has hosted a men's and women's NCAA Championships is consistently ranked as one of the top-five college courses in the nation.