March 18, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Just three and a half weeks after Laura Gonzalez-Escallon tied the school record for single round score, Paula Reto broke it with a 64 on Sunday that gave her a 10-stroke victory at the Insperity Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate in Augusta, Ga.
Reto carded a season-low 68 in the second round and was in second place with one round remaining.
Saving the best for last, the junior from Cape Town, South Africa, shot a school and tournament record eight-under par that included nine birdies and just one bogey. Responding despite the pressure of making history, she scored five of those birdies on the last six holes, including a birdie on each of the last four holes. Reto three-round total of 207 (75-68-64, -9) also is a school record.
"I called my coach (Caroline Haase) over on No. 13 and asked her why I was hooking my shots, and she told me to complete my backswing," Reto said. "I did, knocked a nine-iron to five feet, and it was smooth sailing into the clubhouse. I kept giving 100 percent all the way in, taking it one shot at a time and really staying in the moment."
The Boilermakers finished in third place with a score of 887 (299-293-295, +23). Texas-San Antonio took the team title with a total of 880 (298-286-296, +16) and the host team, Augusta State edged out Purdue by one stroke for second place with an 886 (299-289-298, +22).
Freshmen Aurora Kan and Kendall Dusenberry tied for 61st and 68th. Kan recorded an 81 on Sunday for a total score of 240 (82-77-81) and Dusenberry, who joined the team in January after graduating from high school early, carded an 82 in the final round for a total of 245 (83-80-82).
Freshman Vicky Scherer, who also joined the team at the start of the spring semester, competed as an individual and tied for 22nd. Scherer was consistent throughout the weekend, recording a 76 in all three rounds for a total of 228.
Reto finished in second place at last year's Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate after a then personal-best 66 on the final day. In six rounds at Forest Hills Golf Club, Reto has shot 73-71-66-75-68-64, a stroke average of 69.5.
The Boilermakers will return to action at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic in Athens, Ga., on March 30 to April 1.