Women’s golf heads to Medina for the Illini Invitational

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue Women’s Golf returns to Illinois for the second straight week, playing in the Illini Invitational at the historic Medinah Country Club (October 10-11).

TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

  • Monday, October 10: Rounds 1 & 2 (9:30 a.m. ET Shogun Start)
  • Tuesday, October 11: Round 3 (shotgun starts at 10 a.m. ET)

RANGE
Momo Sugiyama – So. (10:18 a.m. ET on #10)

  • Led Purdue in both tournaments as a Boilermaker, including a fourth-place finish (75-74-69—218) last time out at the Windy City Collegiate Classic
  • Leads the team in scoring average (72.00), birdies (20) and pars (70)
  • Produced the lowest scoring four of six rounds this season, including a pair of final rounds in the 60s
  • In his Purdue debut, tied for 21st to lead the Boilermakers to the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship with a 1 of 214 (73-73-68)
  • Making his third appearance as a Boilermaker but playing in his 14th collegiate tournament
  • Transferred to Purdue after earning first-team All-Big West accolades as a rookie in Hawaii
  • Set new Hawaii single-season records for stroke average (73.4), rounds of par or better (13), birdies (85) and 54-hole scoring (211)
  • Made the Top 10 in nine of 13 tournaments throughout his college career

Ashley Kozlowski – Jr. (9:51 a.m. ET on #10)

  • B1G pre-season winner
  • Participates in her 19th tournament as a Boilermaker
  • Tied for 24th (75-73-76—224) in Windy City Collegiate Classic competition, debuting in 2022-23
  • Recorded an average of 75.06 shots over 12 tournaments last season
  • Tied for sixth at last year’s Illini Invitational with a 211 under 5 (73-70-68)
  • Led Purdue in birdies (86) and pars (379) throughout the 2021-22 season
  • Finished twice in the top 10 as a sophomore, both sixth-place performances (Illini Invitational, Indiana Invitational)
  • 2021-22 Academic All-Big Ten

Jocelyn Bruch – R-Fr. (10:00 a.m. ET on #10)

  • Make his 13th appearance as a Boilermaker, including his third of the season
  • Played in 10 tournaments last season, averaging 76.52 shots
  • Tied for ninth at the 2022 PGA of Michigan Women’s Open over the summer, competing against professionals; his performance featured a hole-in-one in the first round
  • Started last spring going 3-0 in the Big Ten Match Play, helping Purdue finish second
  • 2021-22 Academic All-Big Ten

Gu Jade – R-Fr. (9:42 a.m. ET on #10)

  • Playing in her third tournament of the season which also matches her career appearances as a Boilermaker
  • Tied for 26th in Purdue debut, second best on team, in Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship with 3 of 216 (73-71-72)
  • Finished second at Pennsylvania Women’s Am 2022
  • Tied for 16th at the 2022 Canadian Women’s U.S. Championship
  • a season ago

Danielle du Toit – Sr. (10:09 a.m. ET on #10)

  • B1G pre-season winner
  • Making his 37th appearance as a Boilermaker, the team’s most
  • As a freshman, helped Purdue win the 2018 Illini Invitational with a top 10 at 6 under (69-71-70)
  • Shot 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 route to #5 on the IGA Challenge Tour at Akasia Golf Club in his home country of South Africa
  • Led Purdue to the 2022 NCAA Stanford Regional, tied for 14th with a season-low 215 (71-73-71)
  • Earned All-Big Ten second-team honors as a rookie during the 2018–19 season

THE COURT (Rankings – WGCA Coaches Survey)

Alabama
#22 Auburn
East Tennessee
Georgia
Illinois (Host)
Kentucky
North West
Oklahoma
#19 Oklahoma State
Oregon State
Purdue

#13 San Jose State
Tennessee
TOS
Texas technology

THE LESSON

  • The tournament will be played on the Medinah Country Club’s No. 2 course, a par-72 course measuring 6,166 yards.
  • The Medinah Country Club is one of the nation’s premier private country clubs, located just 25 miles west of downtown Chicago.
  • The famous No. 3 course has hosted many major championships and prestigious international golfing events, such as three US Opens (1949, 1975, 1990), two PGA Championships (1999, 2006) and a Ryder Cup (2012). Medina is set to host the 2026 Presidents Cup.

TOURNAMENT HISTORY

  • Purdue had success at the Illini Invitational with two of the three lowest 54-hole scores in program history at the fall tournament.
  • The Boilermakers won the 2018 Illini Invitational, finishing atop the standings at 27 under par. The 54-hole total of 837 (278-279-280) set a new school record.
  • Last season, Purdue placed third at 14 under (284-282-284—850), the third best team score in program history.
  • Both on the program this year, Danielle du Toit and Ashley Kozlowski won top 10 performances in Medina; Kozlowski finished tied for sixth, a personal best, at last year’s tournament. Du Toit placed 10th when she helped Purdue win the 2018 event as a rookie.

MO BIRDIES

  • Second year transfer Momo Sugiyamafirst signatory of Zack Byrdhas had an immediate impact since joining the Hawaii Boilermakers, leading Purdue in both fall tournaments so far.
  • The Aussie paced Purdue at the Windy City Collegiate Classic, tied for fourth against a competitive field; his last round 69 (-3) was his second round in the 60s this season and included seven birdies.
  • Sugiyama had a team-high 20 birdies this season, while leading the Boilermakers in pars (70) as well.
  • She also produced the lowest score in the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Classic season opener with a 1 of 214 (73-73-68) which featured a final round 68, her lowest round as a Boilermaker. .

THE BYRD ERA IN PROGRESS

  • Following the retirement of legendary coach Devon Brouse, Zack Byrd was named the new head coach of Purdue Women’s Golf.
  • One of the nation’s top scouts, Byrd moved to West Lafayette after spending four seasons with Ole Miss.
  • Byrd helped the Rebels win the 2021 NCAA National Championship, the first Women’s National Tag Team Championship in Ole Miss history.
  • Before beginning his coaching career, Byrd spent 10 years as a professional golfer. his career was highlighted by an appearance at the 2011 US Open and qualification for the final stage of the PGA Tour Q School.
  • Byrd hired Lauren Guiao as assistant coach; Guiao transitioned into coaching and returned to the program after playing in 20 tournaments during her career at Purdue (2017-21).

B1G PRESEASON HONORED

  • A trio of Boilermakers have been named Big Ten Preseason Women’s Golf Honorees, the preseason conference office announced. Kan Bunnabodee, Danielle du Toit and Ashley Kozlowski received recognition.
  • Bunnabodee earned All-Big Ten first-team honors a season ago, becoming the first Boilermaker to land in 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 is looking to build on 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.

MISSING BUNNABODEE

  • Purdue drives through 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 all of the fall after undergoing surgery over the summer.

NEXT ON THE TEE

  • The Boilermakers conclude their fall campaign at the Landfall Invitational in Wilmington, North Carolina (October 28-30).