Purdue | Women’s Golf Aims for NCAA Bid in Alabama

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Courtesy of Purdue Athletics

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue women’s golf team has its sights set on its 17th NCAA Championship bid in the last 21 seasons, heading to Birmingham, Alabama for an NCAA Regional set for Thursday through Saturday at the Shoal Creek Club. The top six teams and top three individuals advance to the national championships, set for May 20-25 at the Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Oregon.

THE FIELD

The Boilermakers were tabbed as the No. 9 seed in the Alabama Regional, joining third-ranked and top-seeded host Alabama, second-seeded 2016 Big Ten Co-Champion Northwestern and third-seeded Big 12 Champion Oklahoma State.

(NCAA Seed) Team                                       GolfWeek             GolfStat

No. 1 Alabama                                                 3                                1

No. 2 Northwestern                                     11                             8

No. 3 Oklahoma State                                  8                                9

No. 4 California                                               16                             16

No. 5 Iowa State                                             19                             17

No. 6 Florida State                                         26                             22

No. 7 Tennessee                                            25                             25

No. 8 Missouri                                                 30                             32

No. 9 Purdue                                                   38                             36

No. 10 Notre Dame                                       35                             40

No. 11 Vanderbilt                                           36                             41

No. 12 Clemson                                              46                             47

No. 13 Michigan                                              52                             51

No. 14 Middle Tennessee State               47                             53

No. 15 New Mexico State                           75                             77

No. 16 Eastern Kentucky                             —                               —

No. 17 Oakland                                               —                               —

No. 18 Alabama State                                   —                               —

THE COURSE: Shoal Creek Club

The Shoal Creek Club will play host to the Alabama Regional, set up for par-72, 6,470 yards for this week’s competition. Designed by Hall Thompson and Jack Nicklaus and opened in 1977, the venue has played host to two PGA Championships (1984, 1990), the 1986 U.S. Amateur, the 2008 U.S. Junior Amateur and was the home of Regions Tradition from 2011 to 2015.

AT THIS EVENT

Purdue has played in 20 consecutive NCAA Regionals, including 19 as a team, and advancing to the national championships on 16 occasions. The Boilermakers tied for fifth place in South Bend, Indiana last season to earn a trip to Bradenton, Florida, and last won a regional title in 2006 at Washington National Golf Club in Auburn, Washington. August Kim paced the Boilermakers’ regional efforts in 2015, tying for eighth place individually at two-over, 218, riding a second-round three-under, 69. Anna Appert Lund and former teammate Aurora Kan joined Kim for the Boilermakers’ solid second-round push, posting matching scores of two-under, 70, while Marta Martin turned in a team score in two-of-three rounds to help the qualification as well.

THE PLAYERS (Career Stats)

PLAYER                               HOMETOWN                    RDS.       AVG.     TOP-10     LOW 18         LOW 54

Linn Andersson               Jonkoping, Sweden      40           74.9        1                  69                   213

Anna Appert Lund         Bromma, Sweden          120         74.9        17               66                   209

August Kim                       St. Augustine, Fla.          891         75.7        5                  67                   207

Marta Martin                   Madrid, Spain                  62           75.0        2                  69                   216

Melati Putri                      Denpasar, Bali                 27           77.3        1                  69                   220

Cova SanJuan                  Aviles, Spain                     19           74.8        1                  69                   214

#BOILERNOTES

  • The Boilermakers have placed in the top-five of five consecutive events heading into the regional championships, coming off of a third-place showing at the Big Ten Championships on April 22-24 at The Fort Golf Club in Indianapolis
  • Junior August Kim became the eighth player in program history to win a Big Ten Championship, shooting a career-best 67 in the final round to finish nine-under, 207, for the tournament
  • Kim’s 54-hole score is the best in Big Ten Championship history and tied for the second-lowest round in Boilermaker history
  • Senior Anna Appert Lund and sophomore Marta Martin shot even-par, 216, to tie for 17thin the individual standings at the Big Ten Championships
  • Appert Lund is averaging 215.7 strokes over her last three tournaments, placing in the top-10 at both the MountainView Collegiate and Red Raider Invitational
  • Kim and Appert Lund have been outstanding in the opening round of tournaments this season, averaging 72.3 and 72.4 strokes, respectively
  • Martin’s Big Ten score is the best 54-hole mark of her collegiate career, including two rounds of par or better and a team-high 38 pars for the event
  • Martin had a streak of 25 straight holes of par or better between the first and second days at Big Ten’s, shooting four-under between No. 6 on day one and No. 12 on day two
  • Freshman Melati Putri has shown solid improvement over her last two events, finishing ninth at the Red Raider Invitational and posting a third-round, one-over, 73, at Big Ten Championships
  • Putri posted a career-best three-under, 69, in the second round at the Red Raider Invitational
  • Fellow rookie Cova SanJuan has shot 73 or better in four of her last six rounds of tournament play, counting a team score in five-of-six rounds

 

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