No. 7 Purdue Wins Administaff Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Senior Numa Gulyanamitta tied her season low with a 68 on Monday.
Senior Numa Gulyanamitta tied her season low with a 68 on Monday.

March 14, 2011

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The seventh-ranked Purdue women's golf team played like defending national champions in the final round of the Administaff Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate, shooting a school-record low 275 on Monday to come from two-strokes back to win by 21 strokes. The Boilermakers three-round total of 859 (290-294-275, -5) is the fourth-lowest score in school history for a 54-hole tournament.

Paula Reto continued to lead Purdue, firing the low round of the day and a personal-best 66 in the final round. Reto recorded eight birdies on Monday to finish in second individually at 210 (73-71-66, -6). The native of Cape Town, South Africa, had a chance to tie Rebecca Burkhart's school record low round of 65, a record that's been on the books for over 15 years. Reto was seven-under par after a birdie on 17, but bogeyed the final hole for her 66.

Augusta State's Casey Kennedy finished with a 71 in the final round to win the individual medal. She shot 68, 66, 71 for a three-round total of 205 and a five-stroke margin of victory. Augusta State finished in second place as a team with a total of 880 (289-293-298, +16).

Reto was Purdue's top finisher in second place, but all five Boilermakers finished in the top 13 as individuals. Four of Purdue's golfers were even par or better in the final round and three - Reto (66), Numa Gulyanamitta (68) and Laura Gonzalez-Escallon (69) - were in the 60s.

Gulyanamitta finished seven strokes behind Reto with a 217 (76-73-68, +1), which was good for third place. The native of Thailand had an impressive round of her own on Monday with a four-under par 68, tying her season-low round.

Freshman Alex Stewart carded an even-par 72 in the final round and finished tied for fifth at 219 (72-75-72, +3). Stewart had a very consistent tournament, including 16 pars in the final round. Stewart led the field with 39 pars for the 54-holes.

Laura Gonzalez-Escallon moved up to a tie for 13th with a three-under par 69. She shot a 222 for the tournament after opening with a 73 and shooting an 80 in the second round yesterday. Senior Maude-Aimee LeBlanc also tied for 13th at 222 (72-75-75). She fired a 75 in the final round, finishing with a birdie on No. 18 to finish three-over par for the day.

Senior Thea Hoffmeister competed as an individual and tied for 20th, improving her score each round. The native of Berlin, Germany, opened with a 78, followed by a 74 yesterday afternoon and carded a one-over par 73 in the final round for a 225. Hoffmeister was the highest finisher among the individual golfers.

The Boilermakers will continue to train in Georgia before traveling to San Diego for the Battle at Rancho Bernardo Inn hosted by San Diego State on March 20 to 22 at the Championship Golf Course at Rancho Bernardo Inn Golf Resort and Spa, a par-72, 6,336-yard venue.