Oct. 7, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The No. 2/9 Purdue women's golf team improved one spot on the final day to finish 13th at the Liz Murphey Fall Preview in Athens, Ga. For the second-consecutive round, the Boilermakers turned in a team score of 301, givning them a three-round total of 902.
North Carolina won the tournament, which was held at the University of Georgia Golf Course, the site of the 2013 NCAA Championships, by shooting a 290 on Sunday for a total score of 876. The Tar Heels moved up from third place for the win, defeating defending national champion Alabama (296-289-295=880) by four strokes. Auburn (287-293-303=883), the leader in the first and second rounds, fell to a tie for third with Southern California (295-297-291=883) after firing a 303 on the final day. The host team Georgia (296-299-292=887) finished in fifth place on its home course.
Texas A&M's Mary Michael Maggio came from a tie for 15th to medalist honors by firing a five-under par 67 in the final round, for a three-under par 213 total.
Purdue was steady throughout the Liz Murphey, but fell short of excellence, opening with a 300 and then shooting 301 the final two rounds.
Senior Paula Reto led the Boilermakers with a tie for 14th place. She was in second after two rounds, but recorded a 76 on the final day for a total score of 218 (71-71-76, +2).
Senior Laura Gonzalez-Escallon recorded the low round of the day with a 74. The La Hulpe, Belgium, native finished tied for 45th with a final score of 227 (74-79-74, +11).
Sophomore Aurora Kan and redshirt senior Kishi Sinha were among the five players tied for 67th at 231. Kan (78-77-76=231) shot her best round on Sunday, recording a 76 while Sinha turned in a 79 after opening with a 77, followed by a 75 on Saturday.
Freshman Margaux Vanmol also turned in her best round of the tournament on Sunday, carding the second lowest number of the day for Purdue with a 75. The Rhode-Saint-Genese, Belgium, native was 75th with a three-round total of 233 (80-78-75).
Head coach Devon Brouse and the Boilermakers will quickly return to action, competing in the Mercedes-Benz Championship on Oct. 12 to 14 in Knoxville, Tenn.