April 18, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The 10th-ranked Purdue women's golf team will play in its final regular season tournament April 20 and 21 at the 33rd annual Lady Buckeye Invitational in Columbus, Ohio. The two-day, 54-hole event will be held on the par-72, 6,268-yard Scarlet Course of The Ohio State University Golf Club.
Hosted by Buckeyes, this tournament will give the Boilermakers a feel for their Big Ten competition one week before the Big Ten Championships. Eight conference teams are set to compete along with Purdue in Columbus. No. 19 Northwestern, No. 42 Penn State, No. 47 Ohio State, Indiana, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan State and Wisconsin will be joined by Augusta State, Kent State, and Youngstown State to comprise the 12-team field.
The Boilermakers last competed in the Lady Buckeye Invitational in 2007, taking home both the team and individual titles. Maria Hernandez earned medalist honors as a sophomore by firing a one-under par 215.
Purdue is coming off back-to-back championships, winning the Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate on March 17 and the web.com Invitational on April 9. Senior Paula Reto earned a first place finish at the web.com Invitational in a playoff against Texas Tech's Gabriella Dominguez. Classmate Laura Gonzalez-Escallon finished tied for third, and sophomore Aurora Kan came in fifth with a personal best 54-hole tournament score of 215.
Reto is ranked No. 26 in the Golfweek poll and just picked up her third Big Ten Golfer of the Week award after her win at the web.com Invitational. As further preparation for the Big Ten Championships, the Lady Buckeye will be played as six-golfer teams with the top four scores counting toward the team total each round. The Boilermaker six will be freshman Brooke Beegle, Gonzalez-Escallon, Kan, Reto, Kishi Sinha and freshman Margaux Vanmol.
This is the final event for the Purdue women's golf team before the 2013 Big Ten Championships in French Lick, Ind., on April 26 to 28.
Play will begin for the first of two rounds on Saturday with a shotgun start from holes No. 1 and No. 10 at 8:30 a.m. ET. Live scoring will be available at golfstatresults.com and daily results along with a recap will be posted on purduesports.com at the conclusion of play each day.