April 20, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Purdue women's golf team turned in a fourth-place finish at the Lady Buckeye Invitational this weekend, posting a team score of 304-308-297=909 at the two-day, 54-hole event. Junior Aurora Kan turned in the Boilermakers' top individual effort, tying for sixth place with a score of 77-75-75=227 at 11-over par, while classmate Johanna Tillström posted Purdue's top individual round of the tournament, firing an even-par, 72 in the third and final round.
The Boilermakers finished the first 18 holes in third place, one shot behind eventual tournament team champion Ohio State at 304, and seven shots behind first-round leader Kent State. The second 18 holes dropped the Boilermakers back as their 308 was 10 shots worse than the Buckeyes, but Purdue remained tied for fourth place with Kansas heading into the final round. The Old Gold and Black's final-round 297 was the third-best team total of Sunday's competition, separating themselves from the Jayhawks, but unable to erase the gap with the top-three of Ohio State, Michigan State and Kent State.
Kan repeated yesterday's second-round effort with a three-over, 75 on Sunday, while Tillström' S 72 was one of just six rounds of the day to be even-par or better, and one of just nine for the tournament. Sophomore Anna Appert Lund recovered from a tough first day to record the Boilermakers' second-best score of the day at two-over, 74, and fellow sophomore Brooke Beegle finished up a consistent tournament effort with a four-over, 76 to mark the final team score of the round.
Tillström finished tied for 13th individually at 79-78-72=229, while Beegle was just behind her at 77-77-76=230, tied for 15th. Sophomore Vinh-Hoa Ngo came in tied for 18th at 73-79-79=231, while Appert Lund was tied for 24th at 79-80-74=233 and freshman Ashley Yarbrough tied for 31st at 77-78-80=235.
Ohio State's tournament championship came on the strength of four top-10 individual showings, while Michigan State finished eight shots back at 305-303-292=900. Kent State broke up the Big Ten parade, matching Michigan State for second place at 297-300-303=900, led by individual champion Jennifer Ha, who shot 72-75-71=218.
The Boilermakers enter postseason action next weekend, heading down to French Lick, Ind., for the Big Ten Championships.