April 24, 2014
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue women's golf team sets its sights on a seventh conference title as they head to the Pete Dye Course in French Lick, Ind., for the 2014 Big Ten Championships, set for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Boilermakers enter the 54-hole tournament as the sixth-highest ranked team in the GolfStat.com, while junior Aurora Kan is the second-highest ranked player in the field.
Kan is ranked 48th in this week's GolfStats.com individual women's rankings, averaging just fewer than 74 strokes per round with four scores of par or better and a 31-29 record against the top-100 players in the nation. Joining Kan in the Boilermakers' six-player lineup is fellow junior Johanna Tillström, sophomores Anna Appert Lund, Vinh-Hoa Ngo and Brooke Beegle and freshman August Kim.
Tillström is coming off of a red-hot round of 72 in the third and final 18 of the Lady Buckeye Invitational, marking her third score of par or better this season, and Appert Lund is the only other Boilermaker ranked in the top-250 individuals in the nation at 228, averaging 76.9 strokes per round this year. Ngo had Purdue's second-lowest 18 last weekend, opening with a one-over, 73 in Columbus, and Beegle offered up an incredibly consistent 14-over tournament (77-77-76=230) for her fourth top-20 showing of the season.
Northwestern enters the tournament as the top-ranked squad in the field at 19th, while Michigan State is 25th and Ohio State is 27th. Wisconsin and Minnesota are 49th and 58th, respectively, while the Boilermakers are just one spot ahead of Penn State at 61st. The Big Ten features seven of the top-100 players in the country, led by No. 37 Jessica Porvasnik of Ohio State. Kan is the second-highest of the group, followed by the Northwestern pair of Kaitlin Park and Hana Lee at 55th and 69th. Michigan State's Liz Nagel and Allyssa Ferrell are 76th and 80th, respectively, and Ohio State's Katja Pogacar rounds out the group at No. 86.
Action begins tomorrow (Friday) at 9 a.m., with half the field starting on the first tee and the other half beginning on Hole 10. Live results will be available throughout the tournament via GolfStat.com.