June 7, 2006
Big Ten champion Purdue closed out its memorable season with a ninth-place finish at the NCAA Women's Golf Championship, marking the fifth-straight year a conference team has finished in the top 10. The Boilermakers, who concluded the season ranked eighth nationally, fired a 1203 (301-295-300-307) at their seventh-straight NCAA Championship, but placed just one stroke shy of a sixth-place tie and three strokes short of a top-five finish.
The event was held from May 23-26, on Ohio State's Scarlet Course in Columbus, Ohio.
Big Ten Athlete of the Year Onnarin Sattayabanphot (74-71-77-75--297) finished her Boilermaker career tied for 21st with teammate Maria Hernandez (76-72-71-78--297). The conference's Freshman of the Year, Christel Boeljon (75-76-73-78--302), tied for 43rd. Rounding out the Purdue lineup was Myrte Eikenaar (T-88th, 76-78-79-78--311) and Whitney Frykman (T-95th, 78-76-83-76--313).
The 2005-06 season will go down as the most successful in Purdue women's golf history. The Boilermakers won two of their last three tournaments and a school-record six events during the 2005-06 season. After winning the Big Ten Championships on April 30, Purdue went on to win the 2006 NCAA West Regional in Auburn, Wash., on May 13. Devon Brouse was the Big Ten Coach of the Year, his second such honor from the conference, with the previous coming in 2000, and was also named National Coach of the Year from the National Golf Coaches Association following the NCAA Championships. His Boilermakers finished no worse than third in 12 of 13 tournaments in 2005-06.
In addition to the Boilermakers finishing the season ranked eighth in the country by Golfweek/Sagarin, three other Big Ten schools ended the year ranked among the top 50. Ohio State and Michigan State finished 23rd and 24th, respectively, while Northwestern was 46th.