No. 6 Purdue Improves To Ninth

Laura Gonzalez-Escallon shot a career-low 68 on Monday.

Laura Gonzalez-Escallon shot a career-low 68 on Monday.

Feb. 28, 2011

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue sophomore Laura Gonzalez-Escallon shot a career-low 68 on Monday to move into a tie for sixth and to help elevate the Boilermakers to a tie for ninth with one round to play at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate Golf Championship in New Orleans, La.

No. 6 Purdue is tied with fourth-ranked LSU for ninth place with a two-round total of 593. Purdue opened with a 303 in very windy conditions on Sunday but recorded a 291 in the second round to move up two spots in the team standings.

The tournament is being held at the English Turn Golf and Country Club, a par-72, 6,105-yard venue.

Top-ranked Alabama is in first place with a 582 (295-287, +6) and the Crimson Tide's Stephanie Meadow (72-66=138) holds a one-stroke lead over top-ranked Megan McChrystal (69-70=139) from LSU. Second-ranked LSU is tied for second with tournament host Tulane at 586.

Gonzalez-Escallon rebounded from her only bogey of the day with an eagle on No. 6. That along with three birdies gave her a 68, the third-lowest round of the day and a seven-stroke improvement from her opening round. The La Hulpe, Belgium, native is in a four-way tie for sixth with a one-under par 143 to lead the Boilermakers.

Senior Numa Gulyanamitta is tied for 19th after recording an even-par 72 on Monday for a score of 147 (75-72, +3). Gulyanamitta had an up-and-down round opening with three birdies on her first four holes, followed by a bogey on her fifth hole, No. 14. She would end up with five birdies, three bogeys and a double-bogey for her even-par round.

Maude-Aimee LeBlanc was the only Boilermaker not to improve her score in the second round. The senior from Sherbrooke, Quebec, opened with a 72 but shot a 76 today to tie for 25th with a two-round score of 148.

Sophomore Paula Reto moved up to a tie for 70th with a 75 in the second round, a five-stroke improvement from day one. She is 11-over par with a 155 total.

It is a tightly contested tournament as the Boilermakers trail the leader by just 11 strokes and are just four strokes out of fifth place.

Final round action will begin with a shotgun start at 9:15 a.m. on Tuesday. Live scoring is available at and final results will be posted to