Oct. 12, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The No. 9/16 Purdue women's golf team shot a 293 in the opening round of the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championships in Knoxville, Tenn., and is in fifth place, just two strokes off the lead with two rounds remaining.
With team totals of 291, Penn State and No. 25 Texas A&M are tied for the lead and behind them is a tightly bunched group. There are nine schools within nine shots of the leaders, with five - including the Boilermakers - within three strokes of first place.
Northwestern's Hana Lee is in first place as an individual after carding a 69 and has a one-stroke advantage over three players who each shot a 70 on Friday: Sarah Beth Davis of Texas A&M, Erica Popson from host Tennessee and Laura Wearn of Furman.
The Boilermakers were led by Paula Reto. The Cape Town, South Africa, native opened with a 71 and is tied for fifth place. Reto is currently the Boilermakers' highest ranked individual at No. 26 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings and has been Purdue's low golfer in the first two tournaments this season.
All five Boilermakers are in the top 45 as individuals. Aurora Kan is tied for 12th after carding a season-low 73 on Friday. The sophomore from Chichester, Pa., recorded a team-high six birdies but five bogeys and a double-bogey gave her a one-over par 73 for the day. Freshman Margaux Vanmol is just one stroke behind Kan but is tied for 22nd after turning in a 74 in the first round. Redshirt senior Kishi Sinha shot a 75 and is tied for 31st place while senior Laura Gonzalez-Escallon is tied for 43rd after opening with a 76.
Freshman Brooke Beegle is competing as an individual and also shot a 76 in the first round to tie for 43rd place.
Play resumes Saturday at 9 a.m. and Purdue will be paired with Texas-San Antonio and Florida State with tee times beginning at 9:50 a.m. on hole No. 1 at the Holston Hills Country Club, a par-72, 6,447-yard venue. Live scoring is available at golfstatresults.com and daily recaps with full results will be posted on purduesports.com.