Sept. 16, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The No. 22/12 Purdue women's golf team won the Mary Fossum Invitational, the first event of the fall season in impressive fashion as all five Boilermakers placed in the top 25 en route to a seven-stroke victory over host Michigan State on Sunday. Purdue shot an 11-over par 875, tying the 54-hole record for the Mary Fossum Invitational. The Boilermakers earned a score of 297 in the final round after recording 288 and 290 in the two rounds Saturday. Senior Paula Reto and freshman Margaux Vanmol led the Boilermakers by tying for fourth place as individuals with scores of 219.
Senior Laura Gonzalez-Escallon was right behind Reto and Vanmol, tied for sixth with a three-round total of 220. Senior Kishi Sinha was eighth with a 221 and sophomore Aurora Kan finished 24th with a score of 228. Freshman Brooke Beegle competed as an individual and tied for 88th with a 252.
Gonzalez-Escallon fired the low round of the day for Purdue with a 71 after opening with a 74 and 75. Vanmol shot a 73 to move into a tie for fourth. She shot a 74 and then an even-par 72 on Saturday. Kan shot a 76, splitting the difference between her 78 and 74 in rounds one and two. Reto and Sinha were tied for first going into the final round. On Sunday, Reto carded a 77 to tie for fourth (69-73-77=219) while Sinha shot a 79 and finished eighth (71-71-79=221). Beegle fired an 84 in all three rounds to finish with her score of 252.
Purdue's victory marks the first time since the 2006-07 season that the Boilermakers have opening the season with a win. That year, Purdue won its four of its first five tournaments and did not finish lower than third in an event until a ninth place finish at the NCAA Championships.
Michigan State finished in second place with an 882 (297-289-296), while Notre Dame was third in the 17-team field at 887 (298-290-299).
The Mary Fossum Invitational was held on the Forest Akers West Golf Course, a par-72, 6,236-yard venue for the tournament.
The Boilermakers will be idle until the Liz Murphey Fall Preview on Oct. 5 to 7 in Athens, Ga. That event will give Purdue an opportunity to play on the course that is the site of the 2013 NCAA Championships and will pit the Boilermakers against the top teams in the country.