Gonzalez-Escallon, Reto, Vanmol Named Big Ten Players to Watch

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Laura Gonzalez-Escallon tied for third at the 2012 NCAA Championships.
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Laura Gonzalez-Escallon tied for third at the 2012 NCAA Championships.
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Purdue women's golfers Laura Gonzalez-Escallon, Paula Reto and Margaux Vanmol were named Big Ten Players to Watch as announced by the conference office Tuesday.

Gonzalez-Escallon, the 2012 Big Ten Player of the Year, and Reto both were named first team All-Big Ten last season. Vanmol is a talented freshman who is expected to make an impact this season.

Gonzalez-Escallon is coming off a highly successful junior campaign that included second team All-America honors by both the NGCA and Golfweek, 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 2102 U.S. Women's Amateur Championship, falling in match play to eventual champion and the top-ranked amateur, Lydia Ko of New Zealand. Reto earned honorable mention All-American last season, won two tournaments and was named Golfweek Player of the Week 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.

Vanmol won the 2011 British Amateur Girls Championship and the 2011 Belgian Women's Amateur Match-Play Championship. This summer, the Rhode-Saint-Genèse, Belgium, native finished second in the Belgian National Stroke Play Championship.

For the full list of men's and women's players to watch, please check out BigTen.org.

The Purdue women's golf team starts the season Sept. 15 and 16 at the Mary Fossum Invitational at Michigan State. The Boilermakers are ranked No. 12 in the preseason by Golfweek and No. 22 in the Golf World/NGCA Preseason Coaches' Poll.