ATHENS, Ga. -
The No. 7 Purdue women's golf team shot a 300 in the fourth and final round of the 2013 NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championships to earn sole possession of third place. Three Boilermakers finished in the top 25 as individuals, led by senior Paula Reto in third place, sophomore Aurora Kan tied for 15th and senior Laura Gonzalez-Escallon tied for 23rd.
Top-ranked Southern California (284-276-285-288=1133, -19) won the national championship in record-breaking fashion and Southern Cal's Annie Park (70-67-70-71=278, -10) became just the seventh freshman in NCAA history to win the individual title. No. 3 Duke (286-289-287-292=1154, +2) was the runner up, 21 strokes behind Southern Cal. Purdue (289-289-295-300=1173, +21) finished one stroke ahead of fourth-place UCLA (289-287-297-301=1174, +22) and No. 13 Arizona State (293-287-296-305=1181, +29) finished fifth.
Purdue extended its streak of consecutive top 10 finishes at the NCAA Championships to eight years, Purdue had an individual finish third for the third year in a row and Gonzalez-Escallon and Reto played in the final group on the final day for the fourth-straight time. The Boilermakers were paired with Southern Cal and Duke on Friday.
"Third place in this kind of competition is not bad at all," head coach Devon Brouse said. "I'm especially proud of our program. I'm very proud of this group of players and especially the three seniors. They've done a lot."
Reto shot a 72 on Friday for a total score of two-under par 286 (71-73-70-72). The Cape Town, South Africa, native had four birdies and four bogeys in her final round as a collegiate golfer. Reto's third place finish was a career-best in the NCAA Championships.
"I'm pretty excited and very pleased with my team and myself," Reto said. "I think we played pretty solid for the most part. Here and there I had some up and down holes, but I think I did a good job of playing pretty well. I just tried to be patient out there and that's what kept me going."
Kan had a strong final round, shooting a 73 to earn a tie for 15th place. The Chichester, Pa., native finished with a four-round total of 292 (71-71-77-73). Gonzalez-Escallon shot a 77 in the fourth round, but birdied the final two holes to help Purdue claim third place. She had a double-bogey on No. 16, but recovered with two birdies to finish five-over par on the day. The La Hulpe, Belgium, native tied for 23rd with a total of 294 (72-73-72-77).
Redshirt senior Kishi Sinha tied for 68th with a four-round score of 304. Sinha shot a 79 on Friday after rounds of 75-73-77. Freshman Margaux Vanmol was the fourth counting score in the final round with a 78. Her tournament total of 306 (80-72-76-78) put her in a tie for 80th. The Rhode-Saint-Genese, Belgium, native recorded an eagle on the par-five hole No. 12.
Purdue was making its 14th consecutive NCAA Championships appearance, all under coach Brouse who is in his 15th year as the director of golf operations and men's and women's golf coach for the Boilermakers. He led Purdue to the national title in 2010. The NCAA Championships were held at the University of Georgia Golf Course in Athens, Ga., a par-72, 6,372-yard course.
Photo galleries from each round of the tournament can be viewed on the Purdue Golf Facebook page.