WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – After a week off from the season opener, Purdue Women’s Golf returns to the course for back-to-back tournaments in the state of Illinois. The consecutive weeks of competition begins with the Windy Collegiate Classic, featuring five of the Top 10 teams in the country.
- Monday, Oct. 3: Rounds 1 and 2 (9:42 a.m. ET off No. 10)
- Tuesday, Oct. 4: Round 3 (Tee Times TBD)
Momo Sugiyama – So. (10:18 a.m. ET off No. 10)
- In her Purdue debut, tied for 21st to lead the Boilermakers at the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship with a 1-over 214 (73-73-68)
- Making her second appearance as a Boilermaker but playing in her 13th collegiate tournament
- Transferred to Purdue after earning First Team All-Big West accolades as a freshman at Hawaii
- Set new Hawaii single-season records for stroke average (73.4), rounds of par-or-better (13), birdies (85) and 54-hole score (211)
- Captured the individual title at the Couer d’Alene Collegiate, where she carded a 1-under 212 total that included a final round 3-under 69
- Cracked the Top 10 in eight of the 11 tournaments
Danielle du Toit – Sr. (10:09 a.m. ET off No. 10)
- Preseason B1G honoree
- Making her 36th appearance as a Boilermaker, the most on the team
- Fired a 69 (-2) in the second round of the season-opening Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship
- Won a men’s tournament over the summer, capturing the IGA Challenge Tour’s Road to #5 at Akasia Golf Club in her home country of South Africa
- Led Purdue at the 2022 NCAA Stanford Regional, tying for 14th with a season-low 215 (71-73-71)
- Earned Second Team All-Big Ten honors as a freshman during the 2018-19 season
Jocelyn Bruch – R-Fr. (10:00 a.m. ET off No. 10)
- Making her 12th appearance as a Boilermaker, including the second of the season
- Played in 10 tournaments last season, recording a 76.52 stroke average
- Tied for ninth at the 2022 Michigan PGA Women’s Open over the summer, competing against professionals; her performance featured a hole-in-one during the opening round
- Started last spring by going 3-0 in Big Ten Match Play, helping Purdue finish runner-up
- 2021-22 Academic All-Big Ten
Ashley Kozlowski – Jr. (9:51 a.m. ET off No. 10)
- Preseason B1G honoree
- Making her 2022-23 debut but playing in her 18th tournament as a Boilermaker
- Recorded a 75.06 stroke average over 12 tournaments last season
- Led Purdue in birdies (86) and pars (379) throughout the 2021-22 season
- Finished in the top 10 twice as a sophomore, both sixth-place performances (Illini Invitational, Indiana Invitational)
- 2021-22 Academic All-Big Ten
Jade Gu – R-Fr. (9:42 a.m. ET off No. 10)
- Playing in her second tournament of the season which also matches her career appearances as a Boilermaker
- Tied for 26th in her Purdue debut, second best on the team, at the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship with a 3-over 216 (73-71-72)
- Finished runner-up at the 2022 Pennsylvania Women’s Am
- Tied for 16th at the 2022 Canadian Women’s Am
- Redshirted a season ago
THE FIELD (Rankings – WGCA Coaches Poll)
#14 Arizona State
#4 South Carolina
- Exmoor Country Club is a par 72 that measures 6,442 yards.
- Donald J. Ross, considered the “Dean” of American golf course architects, designed the Exmoor golf course in 1915.
- The layout features design antecedents to the great courses of Scotland: imaginative grass-faced bunkers, challenging green complexes and 18 holes shaped in natural ways by the land on which they were built.
HISTORY AT THE TOURNAMENT
- Purdue is playing in the Windy City Classic for the ninth consecutive season.
- The tournament annually features one of the toughest fields in the nation, and the Boilermakers’ best finish during the stretch was a sixth-place performance during the 2016-17 campaign.
- This season’s tournament features nine teams ranked in the Top 25 of the WGCA Coaches Poll, including five Top 10 teams.
- Two Boilermakers new to the Purdue lineup led the team at the season-opening Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship (Sept. 19-20).
- Momo Sugiyama, the first signee by head coach Zack Byrd, proved to make an immediate impact for Purdue Women’s Golf in her debut.
- The Hawaii transfer carded a final-round 68 (-3) and finished tied for 21st to lead the Boilermakers with a 1-over 214 (73-73-68).
- Redshirt-freshman Jade Gu was right behind Sugiyama, placing 26th at 3-over (73-71-72—216) in her first tournament for Purdue.
- After a double bogey on her first hole, Gu played the final 35 holes of the opening day even par to pace the Boilermakers through two rounds.
- Gu parred 40 of the 54 holes to rank second in the 78-player field in pars.
BYRD ERA BEGINS
- Following the retirement of legendary coach Devon Brouse, Zack Byrd was named the new head coach of Purdue Women’s Golf.
- One of the top recruiters in the country, Byrd made the move to West Lafayette after spending four seasons at Ole Miss.
- Byrd helped the Rebels capture the 2021 NCAA National Championship, the first women’s team national championship in Ole Miss history.
- Prior to beginning his coaching career, Byrd spent 10 years as a professional golfer; his career featured an appearance in the 2011 U.S. Open and qualifying for the final stage of PGA Tour Q School.
- Byrd hired Lauren Guiao as assistant coach; Guiao made the move to coaching and returned to the program after playing in 20 tournaments over her Purdue career (2017-21).
PRESEASON B1G HONOREES
- A trio of Boilermakers were named Big Ten Preseason Women’s Golf Honorees, the conference office announced ahead of the season. Kan Bunnabodee, Danielle du Toit and Ashley Kozlowski received the recognition.
- Bunnabodee earned First Team All-Big Ten honors a season ago, becoming the first Boilermaker to land on the league’s first team since 2018; she will miss the fall due to injury.
- Du Toit is the veteran of the group, playing in 34 tournaments as a Boilermaker; she played her best golf late last spring and looks to continue that momentum into her senior season.
- Kozlowski played in a team-high 12 tournaments during the 2021-22 campaign; the Littleton, Colorado, native led the Boilermakers in birdies (86) and pars (379) throughout the season.
- Purdue is going through the fall campaign with 2022 First Team All-B1G golfer Kan Bunnabodee sidelined due to injury.
- Bunnabodee, the first Boilermaker to earn first team honors since 2018, will miss the entire fall after getting surgery over the summer.
NEXT ON THE TEE
- The Boilermakers waste no time returning to action with another tournament in Illinois next week. Purdue heads to historic Medinah Country Club for the Illini Invitational (Oct. 10-11).
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