WOODBURY, Minn. – Freshman Inez Wanamarta opened her Boilermaker career in grand fashion this week, shooting a final-round, five-under 67, tying for medalist honors at the Minnesota Invitational, hosted by the Golden Gophers at Prestwick Golf Club on Monday and Tuesday. Her three-round total of 10-under par, 206, ties the program record for 54 holes as she led the Purdue women's golf team to a third-place effort in the tournament, finishing 10-under par, 283-285-286=854.
The Boilermakers' team score is the third-lowest in program history, and their best since shooting a 54-hole low 845 at the 2010 Mason Rudolph Championship. Wanamarta's career-opening score tied Paula Reto's school-record mark set at the 2013 NCAA West Regional, and her final-round 67 is the lowest total by a Purdue freshman since Numa Gulanamitta posted the same mark at the 2008 Indiana Invitational.
Wanamarta's outstanding effort was bolstered by a career-best showing from junior Ida Ayu Indira Melati Putri, who carded a six-under par, 210, for the tournament, including a final-round, one-under 71, to tie for seventh individually. The top-10 performance is the third of Putri's career. Junior Covadonga SanJuan and sophomore Micaela Farah turned in the other two team scores Tuesday, as SanJuan shot one-over par, 73, and Farah finished three-over par, 75.
Wanamarta played without a blemish on her scorecard Tuesday, making five birdies and 13 pars, and had just four bogeys for the entire tournament. With a shotgun start, she opened with a birdie on No. 4, and followed with another on No. 8 before making the turn. She dropped back-to-back birdies on No. 12 and 13, but was unable to come up with any more on the backside to return to the front at nine-under with three holes to play and remaining one shot back from USC's Muni He. Wanamarta made par on No. 1 and No. 2, and came through in the clutch on her final hole, needing just two stroke to hole out the 148-yard par three. He had three holes to counter Wanamarta, but made par on each to share medalist honors with the Boilermaker rookie.
USC took home the team title, shooting an amazing 26-under par, 838, to end the Boilermakers' two-year streak at Minnesota. Michigan State was second at 17-under par, 847, and Notre Dame shot seven-under par as a team on the final day to tie Purdue for third place.
The Boilermakers are off for the next two weeks, returning to action Oct. 3-4 at the Windy City Collegiate Classic, hosted by Northwestern at Northmoor Country Club in Highland Park, Illinois.