April 17, 2014
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue women’s golf team plays its final regular season tune-up this weekend, heading to Big Ten rival Ohio State for the 34th-Annual Lady Buckeye Invitational. The 54-hole event will be played on the Scarlet Course at the Ohio State University Golf Club, and will play par-72, 6,268 yards.
The Boilermakers are one of seven Big Ten teams in their final warm-up for the conference championships, set for next weekend in French Lick, Ind. Joining Purdue and the host Buckeyes in Columbus are Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan State and Nebraska, along with five other squads from the Big 12 and Mid-American Conference. The remainder of the field is comprised of Kansas, Kent State, Ohio, Texas Tech and Toledo. Michigan State is the top-ranked squad in the field at 24th, while Ohio State is 31st and Kansas is 39th.
Purdue junior Aurora Kan is the second-ranked individual in the field, playing at 48th in the NCAA, while Ohio State freshman Jessica Porvasnik is the top-ranked player in Columbus this weekend at 39th. The reigning Big Ten Women’s Golfer of the Week, Kan will be joined in Columbus by junior teammate Johanna Tillström, sophomores Anna Appert Lund, Brooke Beegle and Vinh-Hoa Ngo and freshman Ashley Yarbrough.
Beegle is hot off of her second-best round of the season as she finished second behind Kan at the Purdue Rainy Day Shootout in West Lafayette last weekend. She shot matching rounds of 76 at the 36-hole event, finishing three shots behind Kan. Appert Lund returns to the lineup after missing last weekend’s tournament, looking to improve upon her 76.7 strokes per round average.
The Boilermakers returned to the Lady Buckeye Invitational last spring, finishing second behind Michigan State, while former Boilermaker Laura Gonzalez-Escallon captured the individual title with a 54-hole score of five-over, 221. It was Purdue’s first appearance at the event since 2007, when the Boilermakers captured the team title.
Action begins Saturday at 8:30 a.m. with a shotgun start, as the teams will play 36 holes, and continues Sunday with another 8:30 a.m. tee time. Live results will be available throughout the tournament at GolfStat.com.