Aug. 16, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue women's golf team earned a top 10 finish at the 2012 NCAA Championships, but did not rest on its laurels. Instead the golfers stayed busy this summer with practice and competition, both in West Lafayette and around the world.
With Maria Hernandez' NCAA individual title in 2009, the team championship in 2010 and a runner up finish in 2011 at the NCAA Championships, the bar has been set very high for head coach Devon Brouse's program and summer tournaments are a great way to gain experience and hone skills.
Senior Paula Reto earned a quarterfinal finish at the 2102 U.S. Women's Amateur Championship, falling in match play 3 and 1 to eventual champion and the top-ranked player in the Women's World Amateur Golf Ranking, Lydia Ko of New Zealand. Reto, who earned honorable mention All-American last season, was ranked No. 27 coming into the U.S. Women's Amateur. The U.S. Women's Amateur is one of 13 national championships conducted by the United States Golf Association, of which 10 are strictly for amateurs. This year's tournament was held at the 6,512-yard, par-72 course at The Country Club in Cleveland, Ohio.
Sophomore Aurora Kan and senior Kishi Sinha teamed up at the Pure Silk Women's Collegiate Team Championship presented by the National Golf Coaches Association in late July and finished 12th out of 54 teams. The three-day 54-hole tournament featured a different format each day. First was alternate shot, second was best ball and the final day was team stroke play. Kan and Sinha finished seven-over par for the tournament, just seven strokes off the lead.
On the international front, incoming freshman Margaux Vanmol and senior All-American Laura Gonzalez-Escallon each had a strong showing at the Belgian National Stroke Play Championship in early July. Vanmol earned a second-place finish, just one stroke behind the medalist, with a four-round total of 301. The Rhode-Saint-Genèse, Belgium, native recorded her best round with a 71 on the first day. Gonzalez-Escallon finished in fourth with a 303. The reigning Big Ten Player of the Year got off to a strong start with a 70 and a 73, but struggled a bit in her final two rounds, still managing a top-five finish.
The Purdue women's golf team starts the season Sept. 15 and 16 at the Mary Fossum Invitational at Michigan State. For the full schedule, please click here.