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NCAA Women's Golf Championship Preview

As frustrating as some of Purdue’s spring sports teams have been, the women’s golf team has had a successful season. Purdue grabbed one of the last at-large NCAA Regional spots in Palo Alto, and they were fighting to be one of four teams out of twelve in the regional to advance to the NCAA Championship. Even though they were ranked as the eighth best team coming into the regional, they hung right around the cut line for the whole event. When the main fifty-four holes were over, Purdue was tied for the final spot with Northwestern. It went down to a playoff on the 10th hole where the better combined score would win. Purdue had a combined score of +1 while Northwestern’s score was +3, so the Boilermakers earned their eighteenth trip to the NCAA Championships, which start on Friday.

Full list of competitors:

Albuquerque Regional: #2 Oregon, #13 Texas, #28 Georgia, #33 Texas Christian

Ann Arbor Regional: #5 San Jose State, #8 Virginia, #20 Arkansas, #18 Michigan

Franklin Regional: #35 Vanderbilt, #9 Alabama, #4 Wake Forest, #15 Texas A&M

Stanford Regional: #12 Southern California, #14 Louisiana State, #1 Stanford, #48 Purdue

Stillwater Regional: #17 Baylor, #7 Arizona State, #6 Oklahoma State, #19 Auburn

Tallahassee Regional: #16 Florida State, #10 California-Los Angeles, #3 South Carolina, #34 Mississippi State

Expected Purdue Roster:

Kan Bunnabodee—Junior: 73.08 average score, 2 top-10 finishes, 3 top-20 finishes

Danielle Du Toit—Senior: 75.30 average score, 1 top-10 finish, 2 top-20 finishes

Ashley Kozlowski—Sophomore: 75.16 average score, 2 top-10 finishes, 2 top-20 finishes

Sifat Sagoo—Junior: 76.33 average score, 0 top-10 finishes, 1 top-20 finish

Inez Wanamarta—Grad Student: 73.59 average score, 1 top-10 finish, 4 top-20 finishes

*Note that all stats are from the 2022 season.

Preview:

As the only team ranked outside of the top-40 in this tournament, most people do not expect Purdue to do much. Honestly, even if Purdue doesn’t do much in this tournament, it still would have been a reasonably good season. Purdue is one of only two "northern" NCAA Tournament teams, which should help cement Purdue as a strong golf school. However, the Boilermakers already had to beat #25 Kentucky, #26 Texas Tech, and #36 Iowa State to make the fourth-place tiebreaker, and they beat #37 Northwestern in that tiebreaker, so there is some positive momentum for the Boilermakers. It is worth mentioning that all NCAA Tournament appearances for the women’s golf team have come while Devon Brouse has been at the helm, so his experience could be useful. It would take a lot for Purdue to win their second ever NCAA Women’s Golf Championship, but the opportunity is there. Hopefully the Boilermakers set themselves up for future success with a good performance.

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