April 9, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The No. 11/14 Purdue women's golf team won the web.com Invitational in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., by eight strokes over No. 29 Iowa State on Tuesday. Boilermaker senior Paula Reto won the individual medal in a playoff, while all five Purdue team members finished in the top 50, including three in the top five.
The web.com Invitational title is Purdue's second team win in a row, after capturing the Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate on March 17 and its third tournament championship this season.
Purdue held a five stroke lead at the end of the second round Monday and was able to extend its advantage over the field in the final round by shooting the lowest team score of the tournament with a 283. The Boilermakers finished with an 857 (290-284-283, -7), the third lowest 54-hole tournament score in school history. Iowa State totaled a one-over par 865 (289-290-286) and No. 16 Texas Tech finished third at 869 (293-287-289, +5).
Reto and Texas Tech's Gabriella Dominguez finished tied at 212 in regulation, and Reto captured the individual title by besting Dominguez in a playoff. Purdue's senior from Cape Town, South Africa, shot a 70 on the final day after carding a pair of 71s on Monday. It was Reto's second individual championship this season and the fourth of her career.
Just behind Reto was classmate Laura Gonzalez-Escallon, who tied for third with a three-under par 213. Gonzalez-Escallon fired a 71 in the third round after posting an even par 72, followed by a two-under 70 on the opening day. Rounding out the top five individuals was sophomore Aurora Kan. The Chichester, Pa., native shot the lowest round for Purdue on Tuesday with a three-under 69 to finish in fifth place with a one-under par 215. Her 54-hole tournament score of 215 is a personal best.
Freshman Margaux Vanmol tied for 31st with a 223. The Rhode-Saint-Genese, Belgium, native carded a 78 in the final round, but had an even-par 72 to start things off, followed by a 73 in Monday's afternoon wave. Redshirt senior Kishi Sinha finished with her best round of the tournament with a 73 to tie for 43rd place with a score of 226. Sinha opened 75-78.
Freshman Brooke Beegle tied for 63rd competing as an individual. She closed with a 78, after carding 75-77 on Monday for a total of 230.
Jacksonville University served as the host for the web.com Intercollegiate, partnering with East Carolina and Central Florida at the par-72, 6,056-yard Marsh Landing Country Club.
The Boilermakers have one regular-season tournament remaining, the Lady Buckeye Invitational at Ohio State on April 20 and 21. Purdue then will head to French Lick, Ind., for the Big Ten Championships on April 26 to 28.