Laura Gonzalez-Escallon Named Top 10 Player to Watch by Golf World

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Paula Reto won two tournaments last season and owns the Purdue record for low round (64).
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Paula Reto won two tournaments last season and owns the Purdue record for low round (64).
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Purdue golfers Laura Gonzalez-Escallon and Paula Reto have picked up more preseason accolades. The two seniors both have been named to Golf World's Top 50 College Players to Watch List.

Gonzalez-Escallon, the 2012 Big Ten Golfer of the Year is No. 9 on the list of players to watch while Reto is in the top 50.

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 won the second of her two tournament titles last season with a school- and tournament-record eight-under 64 in the final round of the Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate, totaling a school-record 207 for three rounds. For the second-consecutive season the Cape Town, South Africa, native was named first team All-Big Ten. The three-time Big Ten Golfer of the Week tied for 14th at the NCAA Championships and picked up national recognition with third team Golfweek All-America and honorable mention NGCA All-America honors. This summer, 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.

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.

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