April 20, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The No. 10 Purdue women's golf team is in first place with a one-stroke lead over Michigan State with one round remaining at the Lady Buckeye Invitational in Columbus, Ohio. The Boilermakers were paced by senior Laura Gonzalez-Escallon who shot a pair of 73s on Saturday to earn a two-stroke lead as an individual with a two-round total of 146 (+2).
Purdue opened the tournament with a 310, but then shot the lowest team total of the day with a 295 in the afternoon for a two-round score of 605. The Spartans shot 308-298 and are in second place at 606. No. 19 Northwestern is in third place with a total of 607 (310-297).
Gonzalez-Escallon leads Michigan State's Liz Nagel and Northwestern's Elizabeth Szokol who are tied for second place at 148.
Sophomore Aurora Kan continued her strong play and is tied for fifth place. She totaled a 151 in the first two rounds, opening with a 77 and firing a 74 in the second round. Senior Paula Reto carded a 153 (80-73) and is tied for eighth place. Kishi Sinha is tied for 17th with a 155, opening with an 80 and improving to a 75 in the afternoon.
The Lady Buckeye Invitational, as a warmup to the Big Ten Championships, is a six-golfer format, with the top four scores each round counting toward the team total. The tournament is being held on the Scarlet Course of the Ohio State University Golf Club, which is set up as a par-72, 6,268-yard venue.
Sunday's shotgun start has been delayed to 10 a.m. ET due to the forecast for heavy frost in the morning and the Boilermakers will be paired with Michigan State and Northwestern on holes No. 1 through 4. Live scoring is available on golfstat.com and final results along with the day's recap will be posted to purduesports.com.