April 26, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The ninth-ranked Purdue women's golf team shot a five-over par 293 in the first round of the 2013 Big Ten Women's Golf Championships on the Donald Ross Course of the French Lick Resort in French Lick, Ind. The Boilermakers trail No. 24 Northwestern by six strokes. The Wildcats carded a one-under par 287 to open play on Friday.
Purdue senior Paula Reto is tied with Northwestern's Kaitlin Park for second place. Both golfers shot a one-under par 71 to start things off. The Wildcats' Hana Lee has a three-stroke lead in the first round after shooting a four-under par 68.
Five of Purdue's six golfers are in the top 25 after the first round. In addition to Reto's second place status, redshirt senior Kishi Sinha is tied for fifth by firing a one-over par 73. Sinha led the field with 15 pars on Friday.
Sophomore Aurora Kan, who has finished in fifth in her last two outings, is tied for seventh with an opening round 74.
Senior Laura Gonzalez-Escallon, the defending Big Ten medalist and defending Big Ten Player of the Year shot a 75 and is tied for 13th, while freshman Margaux Vanmol carded a 76 and is tied for 22nd. Freshman Brooke Beegle shot an 84 and is in 69th place. It is just the second team appearance for the Fishers, Ind., native this season.
The Boilermakers outperformed the field on day one as the average score for the first round was 77.81 on the par-72, 6,121-yard Donald Ross Course. Gonzalez-Escallon was the top performer on par fives, averaging a score of 4.25, finishing three-under par on the par-fives in the first round.
The Boilermakers have won five Big Ten team titles (2000, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010) and the last five individual championships, which is a conference record. Michigan State earned the team title the last two seasons, with Purdue finishing in second place both times.
Purdue will be paired with Northwestern and third place Penn State (296, +8) on Saturday, with tee times beginning at 10 a.m. ET. Live scoring is available on golfstatresults.com and a recap will be available on purduesports.com at the conclusion of the day's round.