March 21, 2014
BATON ROUGE, La. - The Purdue women's golf team got off to a fast start at the LSU Tiger Classic on Friday, shooting a nine-over, 297 to lead the tournament after the first round of play at the University Club. Junior Aurora Kan leads the tournament with a one-under, 71 after 18 holes while two other teammates are tied for ninth at two-over, 74.
The Boilermakers' team score marks the fourth consecutive round of improvement, shaving three strokes off their final round score at the 3M Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate last weekend in Augusta, Ga. Kan's 71 was backed by matching 74's from sophomore Vinh-Hoa Ngo and freshman August Kim, while sophomore Anna Appert Lund rounded out the team score tied for 33rd at six-over, 78.
Starting on the back-nine, Kan made par on her first three holes before scoring bogey on No. 13 and No. 15 and finishing the first nine holes at two-over. Things changed rapidly as she went back to the front side, posting an eagle on the par-four, first hole and going on to birdie No. 3 and finishing one-under for the day. She holds a one-shot lead on LSU's Madelene Sagstrom and Denver's Elyse Smidinger, who each shot even-par, while five others are two shots back at one-over.
Ngo and Kim were up-and-down through their rounds, making two and three birdies, respectively, and remain just three shots off the lead heading into tomorrow. Appert Lund made birdie four times on the day, but was over-par on seven holes to finish tied for 33rd place.
SMU is two shots back from the Boilermakers in second place, while Kentucky and fourth-ranked Arkansas are tied for third at 14-over.
The tournament was originally scheduled for three days, but with the threat of inclement weather on Sunday, they will play 36 holes tomorrow and conclude competition. Action starts at 9:30 a.m. (ET) with a shotgun start.