AUGUSTA, Ga. -
The No. 7 Purdue women's golf team is tied with No. 2 Alabama and No. 6 UCLA for third place with an 873 after three rounds of the NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championships in Athens, Ga. On Thursday, the Boilermakers were 12-over par after nine holes, but recorded 14 birdies on the back nine to finish with a plus-seven 295.
Top-ranked Southern California (284-276-285=845, -19) has a 17-stroke lead over No. 3 Duke (286-289-287=862, -2) with one round remaining in the NCAA Championships. Purdue will be paired with the Trojans and Blue Devils on Friday by virtue of recording the lowest third round team score of the third place teams. The Boilermakers are playing in the final pairing of the final round of the NCAA Championships for the fourth-consecutive year.
Southern Cal freshman Annie Park (70-67-70=207, -9) is in first place after firing a two-under par 70 and leads Alabama's Stephanie Meadow (69-67-73=209, -7) and Mississippi State's Ally McDonald (70-69-70=209, -7) by two strokes.
The Boilermakers (289-289-295=873) were led by senior Paula Reto who recorded a hard-fought two-under par 70 in the third round. Reto was four-over par after seven holes, including a triple-bogey on hole No. 4, but shot six-under the rest of the way to finish the round in a tie for seventh with a two-under par 214 (71-73-70, -2). The Big Ten individual medalist is Purdue's highest ranked golfer at No. 13 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Ratings.
Senior Laura Gonzalez-Escallon recorded three birdies in the final nine holes for an even-par 72. The La Hulpe, Belgium, native is tied for 17th place with a one-over par 217 (72-73-72, +1). Gonzalez-Escallon has been Purdue's low finisher in the last two NCAA Championships, finishing in third place in each.
Sophomore Aurora Kan (71-71-77=219) was two-under par coming into the third round and is tied for 24th after recording a 77 on Thursday. Freshman Margaux Vanmol had four straight birdies on holes No. 13 to 16 and ended the day with two pars for a four-over par 76. She has a three-round total of 228 and is tied for 82nd. Vanmol shot an even par 72 yesterday after opening with an 80.
Redshirt senior Kishi Sinha recorded a 77 and is tied for 61st place at 225 in her third NCAA Championships appearance. The New Dehli, India, native's best round was a one-over par 73 on Wednesday. She shot a 75 in the first round.
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 who were members of the 2010 NCAA title team, Gonzalez-Escallon and Reto, playing in their final NCAA Championships. 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. Purdue has finished in the top 10 in seven-straight NCAA Championships and only Southern Cal can also make that claim.
Purdue will be in the final grouping with Southern Cal and Duke and will tee off on hole No. 1 beginning at 12:59 p.m. ET on Friday. Live scoring and a live video web stream can be found on NCAA.com and daily recaps will be posted to purduesports.com.