WILMINGTON, N.C. -
The seventh-ranked Purdue women's golf team recorded the third-lowest round in school history on Thursday, an eight-under par 280 and is in first place with one round to play at the 2010 NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championships.
"I told the team after yesterday's round that every team here, every player here is going to have one round out of the four that they're not going to be very happy with," head coach Devon Brouse said. "Let's just say Wednesday was our round, six-over, and let's go to work in round three."
The Boilermakers hold a seven-stroke lead over Southern California (282-288-295=865) after the Trojans fired a seven-over par 295 in round three. Arizona State (288-293-290=871) and Alabama are tied for third (289-288-294=871) at seven-over par for the tournament.
"You come here to play four rounds and we felt like yesterday we didn't play our best," Brouse said. "We played a good round today and now we've got another round to play. There are some good teams back there and nobody's going to hand it to us. We've got to go play tomorrow."
Four of Purdue's five golfers recorded below par rounds and the non-counting score on the day was a 73. The Boilermakers put the finishing touch on the round by recording four birdies and an eagle on hole No. 18.
Purdue was led by freshman Laura Gonzalez-Escallon's three-under par 69. It is just the second 69 of her young collegiate career. Her first came in the final round of the Big Ten Championships en route to the individual title. Gonzalez-Escallon is even par for the tournament, tied for 10th with a total of 216. Her round three score is an eight stroke improvement over her 77 on Wednesday.
Junior Maude-Aimee LeBlanc is tied for third with a six-under par 210. The Sherbrooke, Quebec, native fired a two-under par 70 and had four birdies on the day. LeBlanc opened with a bogey, but recovered nicely by recording a birdie on the par-three second hole.
Numa Gulyanamitta recorded an eagle on the par-five 18th hole after smashing a drive down the fairway and hitting her second shot six-feet from the pin. The junior from Thailand carded a 70 in round three and is in fifth place with a 212.
Thea Hoffmeister continues to move up the leaderboard after opening the tournament with an 80. The junior from Germany was Purdue's highest finisher at the NCAA Central Regional, tying for fourth. She currently is tied for 65th with a three-round total of 226after firing a one-under par 71 in the third round. Hoffmeister recorded a team-best five birdies on Thursday.
Freshman Paula Reto scored her lowest round of the tournament with a 73 and is tied for 74th with a 227. The Cape Town, South Africa native recorded four birdies in the third round, but had a bogey and two double-bogeys to go one-over par for the day.
The Boilermakers will be in the last grouping on Friday and will tee off from hole No. 1 beginning at 1:25 p.m. ET at the Country Club of Landfall, a par-72, 6,368-yard Pete Dye designed course in Wilmington, N.C.
Purdue's highest team finish occurred in 2007 when the Boilermakers were runners-up at the NCAA Championships. Last year, Purdue's Maria Hernandez won the NCAA individual title.
A live video web stream from holes 16, 17 and 18 will be shown from noon to 7 p.m. ET on NCAAsports.com and is available by clicking here. Live scoring can be followed at golfstat.com and the daily recap will be posted to purduesports.com.