Women's Golf in Third at NCAA West Regional

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Kishi Sinha had a team-high three birdies in the first round.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM
Kishi Sinha had a team-high three birdies in the first round.
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May 9, 2013

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The No. 9 Purdue women's golf team is in third place after recording a 291 in the first round of the 2013 NCAA West Regional at Stanford Golf Course in Palo Alto, Calif., on Thursday. The fourth-seeded Boilermakers trail the leader, No. 3 seed Vanderbilt by just two strokes and are one stroke behind top-seed and top-ranked Southern California.

Southern Cal freshman sensation Annie Park is the individual leader. She carded a four-under par 67 on Thursday to hold a one-stroke lead over Georgia's Emilie Burger.

All five Purdue golfers are in the top 50 individually after the first day. Senior Paula Reto shot an even-par 71 and is tied for eighth place. The Cape Town, South Africa, native turned in a steady round with 16 pars, one birdie and one bogey. The 2013 Big Ten medalist is Purdue's highest ranked golfer at No. 21.

Laura Gonzalez-Escallon is tied for 15th with a one-over par 72. The senior from La Hulpe, Belgium, recorded back-to-back birdies on holes 16 and 17 before making a bogey on No. 18. Purdue started the round on hole No. 10, so Gonzalez-Escallon had pars on eight of the final nine holes, spoiled only by a double bogey on No. 8.

Redshirt senior Kishi Sinha led the Boilermakers with three birdies. Sinha is tied with freshman teammate Margaux Vanmol and seven others for 36th with a first-round score of 74. Sophomore Aurora Kan is tied for 46th after carding a 75 on Thursday. The Chichester, Pa., native started things off with a birdie on hole No. 10, followed by six-consecutive pars. She bogeyed six of the next seven holes, but earned a birdie on No. 7 to finish four-over par.

Purdue is making its 17th NCAA regional appearance, but just the second in the West. The Boilermakers won the 2006 regional, in their only other West Regional draw.

Second round action gets underway Friday on the par-71, 6,267-yard Stanford Golf Course beginning at 10:30 a.m. ET. The Boilermakers will tee off from hole No. 1 starting at 3:56 p.m. ET and again will be paired with No. 5 seed Stanford and No. 6 seed Georgia.

Live scoring is available at golfstatresults.com and a recap will be available on purduesports.com at the end of the second round. The 54-hole tournament concludes Saturday, May 11.

The top eight teams and the top two individuals from non-advancing teams will move on the the 2013 NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championships to be held at the University of Georgia Golf Course in Athens, Ga., on May 21 to 24.