April 10, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The 32nd-ranked Purdue women's golf team moved up to a fourth-place finish at the Knights and Pirates Invitational, in part behind the play of Paula Reto who shot a two-under par 70 to finish in second place.
Reto, ranked No. 31 by Golfweek, has won two tournaments this season, the Landfall Tradition and the Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate. This was her first runner-up placement of the year. The Cape Town, South Africa, native carded a one-under par 215 to finish two strokes behind the medalist, Deborah DeVilla of Texas Tech.
Tournament co-host UCF won the team title with a three-round total of 877 (293-292-292). The Boilermakers recorded an 888 (305-295-288) for fourth place, saving the best for the final round with the low number of the day at 288. Texas Tech led after two rounds but ended up second at 878 (287-294-297) and Wisconsin was third with an 881 (289-302-290).
All five Boilermakers finished in the top-50 individually. Laura Gonzalez-Escallon tied for 15th after carding a 74 in the final round for a 54-hole total of 223 (79-70-74). The La Hulpe, Belgium, native was ranked No. 18 as an individual heading into the tournament.
Kishi Sinha turned in the low round of the day for Purdue with a three-under par 69, a personal best 18-hole score. The redshirt junior finished tied for 32nd with a 227 (80-78-69).
Freshman Aurora Kan tied for 39th with a 78 on Tuesday. The Chichester, Pa., native recorded a 229 (74-77-78), that included a career-best score in the opening round. Vicky Scherer carded a 75 to finish tied for 48th with a three-round total of 231 (81-75-75).
Freshman Kendall Dusenberry competed as an individual and finished 87th with a 289 (96-94-99).
The Knights and Pirates Invitational was held in Melbourne, Fla., at the Suntree Country Club's Classic Course which was set up as a par-72, 6,145-yard venue for the event.
Purdue will not compete again until traveling to French Lick, Ind., for the Big Ten Championships. For the first time, the men's and women's conference tournaments will be held at the same time at a neutral site.