Dec. 4, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Several former Purdue women's golfers are competing in the professional golf ranks, with alumna Numa Gulyanamitta winning the most recently. The native of Thailand won the Taiwan LPGA Trust Open on Nov. 10. Gulyanamitta shot an impressive 11-under par 205 for the victory. Prior to the TLPGA tournament, Gulyanamitta had a fourth place finish at the Sanya Ladies Open 2012 on Nov. 2 to 4 and also earned two top 25 finishes in LPGA tournaments this season.
This is Gulyanamitta's second year among the professional ranks, as she earned her LPGA tour card after winning the LPGA Qualifying tournament in Dec. 2011. Gulyanamitta earned exemptions to play in professional events prior to capturing the victory in Q-School.
Earning professional status alongside Gulyanamitta was teammate Maude-Aimee LeBlanc. LeBlanc competed in just eight tournaments this season before requesting a medical leave due to a stress fracture. At the time of her injury in Aug. 2012, LeBlanc was the longest hitter in the LPGA with an average driving distance of 282 yards.
Gulyanamitta and LeBlanc joined three other former Boilermakers at the professional level. Christel Boeljon captured first place at the opening event of the Ladies European Tour season on Feb. 5, the Gold Coast RACV Ladies Masters tournament, with a one-stroke victory. On May 13, Boeljon won the Turkish Airlines Ladies Open with a seven-under par 285. It was the second-consecutive victory for Boeljon at the Turkish Airlines Ladies Open.
Boeljon's classmate Maria Hernandez, the 2009 NCAA individual champion, is playing primarily on the Ladies European Tour, and 2006 Big Ten Player of the Year Onnarin Sattayabanphot is playing on the Ladies Asian Golf Tour. Sattayabanphot finished 13th at the Thailand Ladies Open 2012 on Feb 12.