May 22, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The No. 29 Purdue women's golf team is tied for seventh with No. 5 LSU after recording a team score of 293 in the first round of the 2012 NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championships in Franklin, Tenn. The Boilermakers trail No. 2 Alabama by seven strokes. The Crimson Tide hold the lead after opening play with a two-under par 286 on Tuesday.
Purdue junior Laura Gonzalez-Escallon carded a five-under par 67 and is in second place, one stroke behind Portland Rosen of Virginia who fired a 66. Gonzalez-Escallon recorded three birdies and an eagle on No. 14 for her five-under par round.
No. 25 Virginia is in second place with an even-par 288, No. 8 Duke (289) is third, No. 6 North Carolina (290) is fourth and top-ranked and defending national champion UCLA is tied with No. 4 Arizona State for fifth after each recording a 292.
All five Boilermakers turned in rounds below 80, but Gonzalez-Escallon was the only one to finish below par for the day.
Junior Paula Reto is tied for 27th after finishing with a 73. The Cape Town, South Africa, native recorded two birdies and three bogeys to go one-over on the day. Junior Kishi Sinha carded a 76 and is tied for 70th, while freshman Aurora Kan earned the fourth counting score with a 77 on Tuesday. Kan is tied for 85th with three rounds to play. Freshman Vicky Scherer who joined the Boilermakers in January, fired a 79 and is tied for 104th.
Virginia would have held the lead, but Elizabeth Brightwell signed an incorrect score for hole No. 4 and her first round score was disqualified. She can play in rounds two, three and four.
The 2012 NCAA Championships are being held at the Vanderbilt Legends Golf Club in Franklin, Tenn. The Boilermakers will tee off from hole No. 1 on Wednesday beginning at 8:30 a.m. ET and again will be paired with Pepperdine and Texas. Live scoring is available at ncaa.com and daily recaps will be posted on purduesports.com.