Season Statistics / 2017-18 Schedule
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue women's golf team wrapped up the fall season last weekend and head into the winter break ranked No. 15 by GolfStat.com and No. 19 by GolfWeek.com. The Boilermakers have three players ranked in the individual national top-100, paced by junior Covadonga SanJuan who is fresh off an 11th-place finish at the Landfall Tradition.
Purdue opened the fall with a third-place effort at the Minnesota Invitational, posting one of the top team 54-hole scores in program history at 10-under par, 854. The Boilermakers followed with a seventh-place effort at the Windy City Collegiate Classic and capped off the season with a ninth-place showing at a rain-shortened Landfall Tradition.
SanJuan, classmate Ida Ayu Indira Melati Putri and freshman Inez Wanamarta all boast stroke averages at or near par after the fall season, paced by Wanamarta's 72.0 mark after eight rounds. Wanamarta tied the Boilermakers' 54-hole record at Minnesota, sharing medalist honors with a score of 10-under par, 70-69-67=206. Her final round of five-under par, 67, matches the 12th-lowest 18-hole score in program history and is tied for third-best by a Purdue freshman. She was honored by the Big Ten Conference as women's golfer of the week for her efforts and went on to record a team score in all eight rounds for the fall.
Putri has broken out in her third season with the Boilermakers, averaging 72.1 strokes per round, posting a score of par or better in five-of-eight rounds and finishing in the top-20, individually, in the first two tournaments of the season. She's the first player in program history to open a season with five rounds of par or better over her first two events, and leads the team in birdies (25), par-four scoring (4.06) and par-five scoring (4.81).
SanJuan has been as steady as they come in 2017-18, averaging 72.6 strokes per round and never finishing higher than four-over par through eight rounds this fall. She placed in the top-25 at the Windy City Collegiate, shooting seven-over par, 220, and matched a collegiate-best total for 18 holes in the opening round at Landfall with a three-under par, 69.
Senior Marta Martin and sophomore Micaela Farah finished the fall on a high note, posting two of the Boilermakers' top-three scores at Landfall. Farah was especially impressive, posting an opening-round two-under par, 70, on her way to her fifth career top-20 tournament finish. Martin finished the fall with a 74.6 stroke average and aims to finish an outstanding Boilermaker career in strong fashion in the spring.
The Boilermakers' No. 15 ranking at the fall season's conclusion marks the second straight season they've entered the spring in the top-15, logging a No. 13 mark last year. Despite the loss of 2017 senior August Kim, head coach Devon Brouse has the Boilermakers still playing among the elite teams in the nation and ready to compete for another trip to the NCAA Championships.
Kim wrapped her first professional season this fall, finishing 26th on the Symetra Tour despite playing just 13 events. Fellow Boilermaker alumna Laura Gonzalez Escallon is having an outstanding season on the LPGA Tour, currently 68th on the Race to CME Globe list, while Paula Reto and Maude-Aimee LeBlanc are approximately 100 points outside of the top-100. Leblanc leads the LPGA in average driving distance, logging 279 yards per drive.
The Boilermakers get back to business in February, hosting the 16th-annual Lady Puerto Rico Classic at the Rio Mar Country Club in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.