ATHENS, Ga. -
The seventh-ranked Purdue women's golf team used a strong finish in the first round of the 2013 NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championships to move into a tie for fifth place on Tuesday in Athens, Ga. The Boilermakers, who have finished in the top 10 at NCAA Championships for seven-straight years, shot a 289 to open play and are tied with No. 6 UCLA.
The Boilermakers had seven birdies and an eagle on the back nine to finish tied for fifth. Three players, senior Laura Gonzalez-Escallon, sophomore Aurora Kan and senior Paula Reto each birdied No. 17 and Gonzalez-Escallon finished with an eagle on No. 18 to go along with her birdies on No. 10 and No. 17. Reto led Purdue through the final nine holes with three birdies and one bogey. Kan had two birdies (No. 16 and 17) and no bogeys on the back nine.
Purdue trails the leaders, top-ranked Southern California and No. 53 San Jose State by five strokes. No. 3 Duke is in third place after recording a 286 and No. 2 Alabama is in fourth with an even-par 288.
San Jose State's Regan De Guzman shot a career-best five-under par 67 to hold the individual lead.
The Boilermakers were led by Reto and Kan in the opening round. Both recorded one-under par 71s to tie with 12 other golfers for sixth place. Gonzalez-Escallon finished with a birdie and an eagle to move to even-par with a score of 72 and a tie for 20th. Redshirt senior Kishi Sinha shot a 75 and is tied for 64th while freshman Margaux Vanmol is tied for 116th after carding an 80 in her first NCAA Championships appearance.
Twenty-four teams and six individuals are competing at the University of Georgia Golf Course, a par-72, 6,372-yard venue for the four-day tournament. All participants will compete throughout the entire 72 holes of championship stroke-play competition. In the team competition, the low four scores for each team will count in each day's total score.
Purdue has two golfers playing in their final NCAA Championships who were members of the 2010 NCAA title team - Gonzalez-Escallon and Reto. The Boilermakers are making their 14th-consecutive NCAA Championships appearance, all under head coach Devon Brouse. Only two other schools - Arizona State and Southern California - have matched that feat.
On Wednesday, Purdue again be paired with Oklahoma and Tulane and will tee off on hole No. 10 beginning at 8:25 a.m. ET. Thursday and Friday's tee times are based on team standings after the first two rounds. Live scoring can be found on NCAA.com and golfstatresults.com and daily recaps will be posted to purduesports.com.