Oct. 5, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The No. 2/9 Purdue women's golf team is tied for 12th after firing a 300 in the opening round of the Liz Murphey Fall Preview on Friday. Senior Paula Reto led the Boilermakers, carding a one-under par 71 to earn a tie for sixth.
Purdue is tied with Tulane, one stroke behind 10th-place Oklahoma and Texas A&M. No. 13 Auburn holds the top spot with a team total of 287. UCLA, the 2011 national champion is in second place with a 294 and Southern Cal is tied for third with Denver with a score of 295. The 2012 national champion, Alabama is tied with the host team, Georgia at 296 with two rounds remaining.
UCLA's Erynne sits atop the individual leaderboard after opening with a four-under par 68.
Reto, ranked No. 33 as an individual by Golfweek, recorded three birdies and two bogeys on the first day for her one-under par mark. Senior Laura Gonzalez-Escallon is tied for 26th with a first-round score of 74. The La Hulpe, Belgium, native had one birdie and three bogeys on Friday. Redshirt senior Kishi Sinha shot a 77 and is tied for 54th while sophomore Aurora Kan was one stroke behind with a 78 and is tied for 72nd. Freshman Margaux Vanmol, who was Purdue's top-ranked individual at No. 32 after a tie for fourth at the Mary Fossum Invitational, is tied for 83rd after firing an 80.
The 54-hole tournament is being held at the University of Georgia Golf Course in Athens, Ga., which is set up as a 6,335-yard, par-72 venue for the event. The tournament offers the 18-team field an opportunity to play on the course that will serve as the site for the 2012 NCAA Championships.
The Boilermakers will be paired with No. 28 Tennessee and No. 4 Duke and will tee off from hole No. 10 beginning at 8:50 a.m. ET on Saturday. Live scoring is available at golfstatresults.com and a recap of the second round will be posted to purduesports.com.
Purdue is coming off a team victory at the Mary Fossum Invitational but is facing some of the nation's top teams at the Liz Murphey.