Feb. 16, 2014
RIO GRANDE, P.R. - The Purdue women's golf team opened its spring season on Sunday, firing a team score of 306 (+18) in the first round of the Lady Puerto Rico Classic, hosted by the Boilermakers at the Rio Mar Country Club River Course. Junior Aurora Kan paced the Boilermakers with an impressive 71, one-under par round, and is tied for second in the individual standings.
Sophomore Anna Appert Lund, freshman August Kim and junior Johanna Tillström backed Kan on the Boilermakers' scorecard, posting rounds of 76 (+4), 77 (+5) and 82 (+10), respectively. Sophomore Brooke Beegle finished with a score of 86 (+14), while freshman Ashley Yarbrough played individually and posted an outstanding round of 74 (+2).
Kan's first nine was a crazy one as she offered up three birdies and four bogies to make the turn at one-over. However she calmed down on the back nine, making birdies on 11 and 18 to come in with her first round of the year under par and finish just three-back from the individual leader, Arkansas' Emily Tubert.
Appert Lund played a very solid round through 14 holes, sitting just one-over with a birdie on three, but had some troubles down the stretch with bogies on 15, 16 and 17 to come in four-over and tied for 37th place individually. Kim and Tillström both made a pair of birdies to highlight their respective rounds, while Yarbrough made three birdies on the day to keep herself in individual contention. Four of the six Boilermaker individuals turned in a birdie on the par-3, 132-yard third hole.
Led by Tubert, who turned in six birdies on the day, Arkansas holds the team lead with a score of even-par, 288. Alabama is seven shots back at 295, followed closely by Iowa State at 296 and North Carolina State and Augusta State , both at 297. Big Ten rivals Northwestern and Michigan are in ninth and 10th, respectively, with scores of 301 and 304.
Action resumes tomorrow at 7 a.m. (ET) with another shotgun start on the River Course. The Boilermakers will start tomorrow on the back-nine.