Nov. 23, 2006
KAUAI, Hawaii - After two rounds of play at the Aloha Purdue Collegiate Invitationals in Kauai, Purdue is in first place in the men's tournament while Pepperdine holds a five stroke lead over the women's field.
The third and final round of the 54-hole event is today at the par-70 Kiahuna Golf Club. The tournaments are hosted by Purdue University.
For the women, Pepperdine's one-stroke lead expanded to five shots after Leanne Bowditch recorded the only round under par thus far in the tournament. Her second round 69 helped her team to 590 yesterday. Purdue's 295-300=595 total is just one stroke better than UNLV 296-300=596 and Kent State at 296-303=599.
Natasha Krishna owns a one-stroke individual lead in the women's tournament. Her first round 72 was followed by a 71 for a two round total of 143. Right behind her is UNLV's Bowditch who started the tournament with a 75 but followed with 69.
Purdue and Texas were tied for the lead after the first round, but Purdue pulled ahead by three strokes on the men's side with a seven-over par 279-288=567 total. The Longhorns stand second at 279-291=570 and Clemson holds down third at 292-280=572.
Individually, Purdue's Peter Richardson and Texas' Farren Keenan are battling for medalist honors. Richardson holds a three-stroke lead after carding a tournament low 63 in the first round followed by a one-over 71 in the afternoon. Keenan shot a steady 69-68=137 yesterday.
Individually for Purdue in the women's tournament all five golfers are in the top 20. The Boilermakers are led by Whitney Frykman who is in fourth place after carding 73-73=146. Maria Hernandez is tied for eighth with 74-75=149 while Christina Boeljon and Fabienne In-Albon are tied for 15th with two round scores of 151. Myrte Eikenaar is just one stroke behind but tied for 19th with 152.