BOILERMAKERS IN THE PROS
A Boilermaker from 2006 to 2008, Christel Boeljon joined the professional ranks in 2009, playing on the Ladies European Tour, and added the LPGA to her resume in 2011. She was the 2007 NCAA Individual Runner-Up and a nominee for the Honda Sports Award, and earned All-America honors in each of her three seasons with the Boilermakers. She led Purdue to Big Ten team titles in 2006 and 2008, was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2006, and earned a trio of First Team All-Big Ten awards. Purdue had three top-10 NCAA Championship showings in her tenure, finishing second in 2007 and fourth in 2008, and she helped the Boilermakers to 12 event titles in her career.
Laura Gonzalez Escallon earned her LPGA card for the 2017 after three years on the Symetra Tour and a fifth-place tour finish in 2016. She had a stellar Purdue career that included an NCAA Individual third-place finish and the 2010 NCAA team championship. A two-time All-American, she won a pair of Big Ten individual championships (2010, 2012), and earned both Big Ten Player of the Year and the Mary Fossum Award (low strokes season average) in 2012. The 2010 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, she was a First Team All-Big Ten award winner in all four years at Purdue, Gonzalez Escallon still holds several high marks in the Boilermaker record books. She's tied for second all-time with a round of 65 (-7) at the 2012 Lady Puerto Rico Classic and owns the best 72-hole score in Purdue history with an eight-under, 280 (71-70-70-69), at the 2012 NCAA Championships. The Boilermakers finished in the top three at the NCAA Championships in three of her four years, winning the 2010 team title, finishing second in 2011 and taking third in 2013.
A 2011 All-American, Numa Gulyanamitta has played professionally since 2012, when she earned her LPGA card on her first attempt. She was a four-time First Team All-Big Ten honoree for the Boilermakers with a banner campaign in 2011, where she won the individual conference title, was named Big Ten Player of the Year and earned the Mary Fossum Award (low season strokes average). The Boilermakers finished in the top 10 at the NCAA Championships in all four of her seasons, winning the 2010 NCAA title, finishing second in 2011, and taking fourth in 2008. Gulyanamitta helped the Old Gold and Black to 15 event titles in her tenure, including back-to-back-to-back Big Ten team titles from 2008 to 2010.
Maria Hernandez qualified for the LPGA Tour in first attempt in 2010, after an amazing Boilermaker career that included the 2009 NCAA Individual Championship. Hernandez won the 2009 Honda Sports Award, the 2009 NGCA Player of the Year award and was named the 2009 Big Ten Suzy Favor Female Athlete of the Year, in addition to a trio of First Team All-America honors and was a three-time WGCA All-Scholar Team honoree. She won a pair of Big Ten individual titles (2008, 2009), took home Big Ten Player of the Year recognition three times (2008, 2009, 2010) and earned the first three Mary Fossum Awards (low season strokes average) in conference history. Hernandez secured First Team All-Big Ten plaudits four times and Academic All-Big Ten honors three times. She led the Boilermakers to three Big Ten team titles (2006, 2008, 2009) and a runner-up finish at the 2007 NCAA Championships.
A member of the Boilermakers' 2010 NCAA Championship team, Maude-Aimee LeBlanc started playing professionally in 2014, on the Symetra Tour. She earned All-America honors in 2008, 2009 and 2010, and shared the 2009 Big Ten individual title with teammate Maria Hernandez in 2009. She took home a variety of other Big Ten awards including the 2008 Big Ten Freshman of the Year award, the 2010 Mary Fossum Award (low season stroke average) and three First Team All-Big Ten honors. She shares the second-best 72-hole score in school history, shooting a seven-under, 281 (67-73-70-71), at the 2010 NCAA Championships.
Paula Reto joined the LPGA tour in 2014, after playing a season on the Symetra Tour in 2013 and earning her tour card on her first attempt. One of three First Team All-Americans in Purdue history (Maria Hernandez, Maude-Aimee LeBlanc), Reto was recognized nationally in 2012 and 2013, in addition to winning the Big Ten individual crown in 2013. She earned the 2013 Mary Fossum Award (low season strokes average), and was a three-time First Team All-Big Ten pick as well. She owns the Purdue records for both 18 and 54 holes, shooting an eight-under, 64, at the 2012 Insperity Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate, and firing a 10-under, 216 (71-69-66), at the 2013 NCAA West Regional Championships. She took third, individually, at the 2013 NCAA Championships, and played on the 2010 NCAA Championship squad as well.