April 21, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The 10th-ranked Purdue women's golf team fell just short of a third-straight tournament victory with a second place finish at the Lady Buckeye Invitational in Columbus, Ohio. The Boilermakers shot a 306 in the third and final round to get edged out by No. 27 Michigan State (308-298-298=904) for the team title.
In the second round, Purdue (310-295-306=911) shot the lowest round of the tournament with a 295. No. 19 Northwestern (310-297-310=917) finished third, while host Ohio State (314-301-304=919) was in fourth place and Indiana (312-311-312=935) claimed the fifth-place spot.
Defending Big Ten Championship medalist Laura Gonzalez-Escallon won the first individual title of her senior season with a 221 on Sunday. The La Hulpe, Belgium, native carded a pair of 73s on Saturday and closed with a 75 in the final round to earn a three-stroke win against Ohio State's Amy Meier (79-72-73=224). It is the fourth career individual tournament championship for Gonzalez-Escallon, including two Big Ten Championships wins.
Teammates Paula Reto and Aurora Kan tied for fifth place. Reto turned in the low score for Purdue in round three with a 74. She shot an 80 in the first round, but rebounded with a 73 in the afternoon for a total score of 227. Kan earned her second-straight fifth place finish with a 76 in the final round. The Chichester, Pa., native carded a 77 followed by a 74 for her 227 total.
Redshirt senior Kishi Sinha shot a 236 to tie for 26th place. Sinha carded an 81 on Sunday, after going 80-75 in rounds one and two. Freshman Brooke Beegle finished in 48th place in a field heavily populated with Big Ten Conference teams. Beegle closed with an 86 for a score of 245. The Fishers, Ind., native carded 81-78 on Saturday. Just one stroke behind Beegle was freshman Margaux Vanmol who tied for 49th with a 246. Vanmol shot an 84, 79 and finished with an 83.
The 33rd-annual Lady Buckeye Invitational was held on the par-72, 6,268-yard Scarlet Course at the Ohio State University Golf Club. Sunday's shotgun start was delayed until 10 a.m. due to frost. The 54-hole tournament was set up as a play six, count the top four scores format, similar to the Big Ten Championships which will be held April 26 to 28 in French Lick, Ind. Both the men's and women's conference golf tournaments will be held that weekend.
The Boilermakers last competed in the Lady Buckeye Invitational in 2007, winning both the team and individual titles. As a sophomore, Maria Hernandez captured medalist honors firing a one-under par 215.