No. 7 Boilermakers Win Battle at Rancho Bernardo

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Laura Gonzalez-Escallon took home the individual title after a final round 68.

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Laura Gonzalez-Escallon took home the individual title after a final round 68.
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March 22, 2011

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The seventh-ranked women's golf team maintained their seven-stroke lead over top-ranked Southern California to win the Battle at Rancho Bernardo. Purdue posted a 292 for the victory on Tuesday for a three-round total of 879 (295-292-292, +15), after the Trojans couldn't recover from a first round 299.

Southern California finished second after recording a final round 292 for a total of 886 (299-295-292, +22), while second-ranked UCLA finished one stroke back in third, shooting a final-round best 290 and totaling 887 for the tournament (293-304-290, +24).

Purdue sophomore Laura Gonzalez-Escallon took home the individual title after leading by one-stroke heading into Tuesday. The La Hulpe, Belgium, native fired a four-under par 68 in the final round, tying her season-low round. She also posted a season-low tournament total of 209 (70-71-68, -7) for a six-shot victory over Southern California's Lizette Salas and UNLV's Therese Koelbaek.

The Boilermakers placed four golfers in the top-15, including senior Thea Hoffmeister who tied for eighth individually despite her score not going toward the team total. The native of Berlin, Germany, opened with a 73, followed by a 74 yesterday afternoon and carded a one-over par 73 in the final round for a 220. Hoffmeister was the highest finisher among the unattached golfers for the second straight week.

Senior Numa Gulyanamitta finished tied for sixth after starting the day in ninth place, shooting a one-under final round 71 to finish the tournament with a total of 219 (73-75-71, +3). Maude-Aimee LeBlanc, finished in a tie for 13th after shooting a final round 75 to finish with a 223 (77-71-75=222) helping Purdue place four golfers with totals of seven-over or better.

Freshman Alex Stewart and sophomore Paula Reto tied for 55th after both totaled 234 for the tournament. Stewart carded a 82 on the final day to come to her 234 total (75-77-82=234), while Reto shot a final round 78 to total 234 (81-75-78=234). Reto struggled just a week after firing a final round 66 to finish second at the Administaff Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate.

This year's Battle at Rancho Bernardo was held at the Rancho Bernardo Inn Golf Course in San Diego, Calif., and was set up as a par-72, 6,33-yard venue.