Oct. 13, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The No. 9/16 Purdue women's golf team improved its score in the second round of the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championships by two strokes from the opening day, moving up two spots on the leaderboard to third, but losing ground by two strokes on the leader, Penn State. The Boilermakers shot a 291 on Saturday after carding a 293 on day one for a total score of 584. The Lady Lions and the host school Tennessee each shot a 289 in the second round. Penn State (580) has a one stroke lead over the Lady Vols (581).
For the second straight tournament Paula Reto has recorded 71s in the first two rounds. The Cape Town, South Africa, native is tied for third with a score of 142 with one round remaining. The senior recorded an eagle on No. 17 to move to one-under par for the day. She trails the leader, Furman's Laura Wearn (70-68=138) by four strokes.
Aurora Kan shot back-to-back 73s and is tied for 11th with a total of 146. The sophomore from Chichester, Pa., recorded two birdies on the front nine, but had three bogeys on the back to finish one-over par for the day. Freshman Margaux Vanmol is tied for 21st after two straight 74s. Vanmol has a two-round total of 148.
Senior Laura Gonzalez-Escallon is the only member of Purdue's five-player team that did not record identical numbers in both rounds of the Mercedes-Benz Championships. The reigning Big Ten Player of the Year improved by three strokes, shooting a 73 on Saturday after opening the event with a 76. She is tied for 32nd with a total of 149. Redshirt senior Kishi Sinha is at 150 with two 75s and is tied for 36th place.
Freshman Brooke Beegle followed the Boilermaker trend, scoring a second-straight 76 and is tied for 45th with a 152. The Fishers, Ind., native is competing as an individual.
Purdue is well within striking distance with one round remaining at the Holston Hills Country Club in Knoxville, Tenn. Holston Hills has been set up as a par-72, 6,447-yard venue for the tournament.
The Boilermakers will tee off from hole No. 1 on Sunday, beginning at 10:40 a.m. ET and will be paired with Penn State and Tennessee. A final recap will be posted to purduesports.com and live scoring is available at golfstatresults.com.