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.
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.