Aug. 29, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue women's golf team is the highest ranked Big Ten team in the Golf World/NGCA Preseason Coaches' Poll, earning a ranking of 22nd after finishing ninth in the 2012 NCAA Championships.
The Boilermakers welcome back four golfers who were instrumental in last year's successful campaign and have added two talented freshmen. Leading the way are seniors Laura Gonzalez-Escallon, Paula Reto and Kishi Sinha. Sophomore Aurora Kan is expected to continue her growth as a collegiate player and freshmen Brooke Beegle and Margaux Vanmol will be counted on to contribute.
Devon Brouse's most highly decorated returners are Gonzalez-Escallon and Reto.
Gonzalez-Escallon is coming off a highly successful junior campaign that included second team All-America honors by both the NGCA and Golfweek, Big Ten Player of the Year, a second Big Ten individual title and the Mary Fossum Award for low season stroke average in the conference. The La Hulpe, Belgium, native also earned first team All-Big Ten for the third time in her career, two Big Ten Golfer of the Week awards and her second Big Ten All-Championships Team recognition. For the second-straight year, Gonzalez-Escallon finished third as an individual at the NCAA Championships.
Reto earned a quarterfinal finish at the 2012 U.S. Women's Amateur Championship, falling in match play 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 internationally coming into the U.S. Women's Amateur. As a junior, Reto picked up her second Golfweek Player of the Week award of the season on March 19 after shooting a school- and tournament-record eight-under 64 in the final round of the Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate to finish with a school-record 207 total, winning the individual title by 10 shots.
Alabama, the 2012 NCAA champions are the top-ranked team in the preseason coaches' poll, followed by UCLA at No. 2 and Southern California ranked third. Ohio State, Michigan State, Illinois and Michigan are all receiving votes.
The women's golf team gets the season going Sept. 15 and 16 at the Mary Fossum Invitational at Michigan State.