CHANDLER, Arizona – Following the cancellation of the Baton Rouge Regional last week, the women’s golf team will have a second chance to end their 2021 season on the Barstool Sports Let Them Play Classic (LTP Classic) course. The two-day, 54-hole event will take place Thursday and Friday at the two courses at the Whirlwind Golf Club. The Boilermakers will play 18 holes each on the Cattail course and the Devil’s Claw course on Thursday and close the competition on Friday with a final 18 holes on Cattail. The event takes place in Chandler, Arizona, just minutes from the NCAA Championship in Scottsdale.
All 12 schools and three people who were denied the opportunity to play for a chance to qualify for the NCAA Championship Baton Rouge due to inclement weather were invited to LTP Classic. Some schools not being able to send their full contingent of players, the teams score has been changed to take the three best individual scores (not the usual four) from each round to be used collectively for the group score.
The NCAA waiver, which was only approved on Monday, provides an exception to the rules of the competition, allowing participants affected by the cancellation of the Baton Rouge Regional to play in an end-of-season event such as the LTP Classic in women’s golf.
In their last action, the Boilermakers placed seventh in the Big Ten Championship May 10-12 at TPC River River’s Bend in Maineville, Ohio.
THE FIELD (Invited teams)
Eastern Tennessee State
Sam Houston State
Kan Bunnabodee, Second year
- Appearing in his eighth event of the 2021 season.
- On average 74.0 strokes per round this year.
- Has done better six times this year and 10 times in 10 career tournaments.
- The low round of 2021 is a 5-under-67 in the final 18 at the ICON Invitational in February.
- The best score out of 54 holes is a par 216 at ICON.
- Scored the lowest, best round eight times and posted the best team be score on 54 holes at the Heroes Ladies Intercollegiate in February.
- Lead the team with 239 pars and a pair of eagles in 2021.
- Is second on the team with 54 birdies.
Danielle du Toit, Junior
- Appearing in his sixth event of the year and the 25th of his career.
- Is averaging 74.2 strokes per round in 2021.
- Has drawn at par or better three times in 2021 and 26 times in three seasons with the Boilermakers.
- The low round of the year is a 1-under 71 in the second round of the Valspar Invitational and the Big Ten Championship.
- The low score of 54 holes in 2021 is a 2 of 218 at Valspar in which she played as an individual.
- Has 160 pars over the year, 40 birdies and an eagle.
Ashley Kozlowski, First-year student
- Make his fifth appearance for the Boilermakers this season.
- Is averaging 76.0 strokes per round.
- Pulled at par or better twice in 2021.
- The low round of the year is a 1-under 71 at the ICON Invitational in February.
- The low score on 54 holes in 2021 is 10 of 226 at the Valspar Invitational in March.
- Has 119 pars and 32 birdies in 12 rounds this season.
Sifat sagou, Second year
- Appearing in his eighth event of 2021 and the 13th of his college career with Purdue.
- At an average of 73.6 strokes per round, the team’s best this season.
- Did better five times in 2021 and 11 times in his college career.
- The low round of the year is a 2-under 70 at the Indiana Invitational in April.
- The best 54-hole score this season is an even par 216 at the Indiana Invitational in which she tied for sixth.
- Is second on the team with 238 pars and third with 44 birdies in 2021.
Inez Wanamarta, Senior
- Appearing in his sixth event this season and the 36th of his college career.
- Is averaging 73.8 strokes per round in 2021.
- Has passed the par or better five times in 15 rounds this season.
- The 2021 low round is a 2-under-70 at the ICON Invitational in February.
- The low score of 54 holes of the year is 2 of 218 at the Valspar Invitational in March.
- Is third on the team with 191 starts in 2021 and has recorded 28 birdies this season.
THE COURSE (Whirlwind Golf Club)
Built into the ancient native landscape is a 36-hole championship golf course designed by renowned architect Gary Panks. A true test of golf, the Cattail and Devil’s Claw courses are truly desert golf, evolved. Staffed with talented and dedicated professionals, the Whirlwind Golf Club has grown into one of the best golfing facilities in the Southwest. Cattail will play the first round by 72 to 6,187 yards and Devil’s Claw to par 72 and 6,170 yards. The last 18 holes will be on Cattail playing to 6,312 yards.
Cattails (from golfarizona.com)
The Cattail Course opened in the fall of 2002. It complements the Devil’s Claw but gives a whole new flavor to championship golf at Whirlwind. While Devil’s Claw features high mounds and significant elevation changes on the fairways, the distaff’s challenge lies in its deep canyons and pristine lakes.
Devil’s Claw (from golfarizona.com)
The Devil’s Claw course mirrors the Gila River’s native palette of plants – Mesquite, Saguaro, Palo Verde, and Cottonwood blend with native grasses to recreate the Gila River as it was when the waters still flowed over the reserve . Its design is dominated by gradual elevation changes, multi-level greens, and tough bunker design.
Thursday May 20 – Mainly sunny, high of 98, ZERO percent chance of rain, winds from the SW at 10-20 MPH.
Friday May 21 – Mostly sunny, high of 88, ZERO percent chance of rain, winds from the SW at 10-20 MPH.
Thursday, May 20 – 11:24 a.m. ET (Hole 1)
Friday May 21 – to be confirmed
The live score can be found by clicking here.