Mar. 14, 1997

Women's Golf Takes Title at Snowbird

TAMPA, Fla. - The Purdue women's golf team claimed first place at the Northern Illinois Snowbird Intercollegiate in Tampa, Fla. Friday. The Boilers were best in the 18-team field with a score of 607 in the 36-hole tournament. Missouri came in second (613), while the College of Charleston finished third (615).

The Boilers were led by sophomore Angie Blythe. Blythe finished in second place in the field of 98 golfers. She shot a 71 in the first round and followed it up with a 74 Friday, giving her a 36-hole total of 145. She trailed the medalist, Shannon Nagy of Florida Southern by three strokes.

Freshman Stacy Orschell and junior Colleen Cashman were also crucial to Purdue's title. Orschell placed in a tie for seventh after shooting back-to-back 76s for a final total of 152. Cashman finished all alone in 10th place with a two-round score of 153.

Head coach Bob Prange was happy with his team's performance in the two-day competition.

"I think for it being only our second tournament of the year that it was a real good finish," Prange said. "We're starting to score better and we got some consistent play from Angie, Colleen and Stacy. This just shows we have the ability and talent to go into any tournament and compete against any team."

Also competing for the Boilers were junior Heather Hasselberg and freshman Kelly Beth Simmons. Both tied for 32nd with scores of 162.

Purdue returns to action on March 24-25 in the South Florida River Wilderness Invitational in Bradenton, Fla.