RALEIGH, N.C. – Purdue Women’s Golf outperformed its No. 9 seed and nearly made a return to the national championship stage. The Boilermakers placed sixth at the NCAA Raleigh Regional, finishing at 9-over par (287-291-295—873) and only three shots back of qualifying for the NCAA Championships.
Ashley Kozlowski led the Boilermakers throughout the tournament, including the final round. She fired a final round 70 (-2) to move up the individual leaderboard and tie for fourth at 3-under (71-72-70—213). The 54-hole total was Kozlowski’s season best, securing her third Top 10 of the season and the fifth of her career. She made 13 birdies and played the par 3s 2-under throughout the week, ranking second in the field in both categories.
Using the slope on the left side of the first green, Kozlowski nearly chipped in for eagle and settled for a tap-in birdie to start her round. The junior added another birdie at the par-4 fifth, playing a bogey-free front nine and making the turn 2-under. Following three straight pars to start the back, Kozlowski threw a dart into the 13th green for her third birdie of the day. She alternated birdies with bogeys over a four-hole stretch before parring her final two holes to produce Purdue’s best round of the day.
Seniors Kan Bunnabodee and Danielle du Toit shot matching 74s (+2) in the final round. Bunnabodee’s round featured a trio of birdies, while du Toit made two on each side for a total of four. Tying for 20th, Bunnabodee cracked the Top 20 for the sixth time this spring.
Du Toit got hot towards the end of the front nine, recording back-to-back birdies at the seventh and eighth before adding another at No. 10 for three birdies in a four-hole stretch. Playing in her 127th round Purdue, du Toit drained her putt on No. 18 to birdie her last hole as a Boilermaker. She placed 30th in her final collegiate tournament.
The Boilermakers’ season comes to an end at regional play, but they had plenty of positives from the 2022-23 campaign under first-year head coach Zack Byrd. Purdue made the NCAA postseason for the eighth straight year and also captured the first team tournament title in five years with a win…
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