Women's Golf Begins NCAA Regional Action On Thursday

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM The Boilermakers must finish in the top eight to advance to the finals.
The Boilermakers must finish in the top eight to advance to the finals.

May 8, 2012

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue women's golf team begins NCAA Central Regional action Thursday in Columbus, Ohio, at the Ohio State University Golf Club's Scarlet Course. The tournament format is 54-holes, 18 holes each day on May 10 to 12. The 33rd-ranked Boilermakers are the No. 11 seed and will be paired with Florida State and Arkansas when they tee off from hole No. 10 at 8 a.m. ET on Thursday.

Purdue is appearing in its16th NCAA Regional, in 16-consecutive seasons and is looking for a top-eight finish in order to advance to a 13th-straight NCAA Championships.

The Boilermakers are led by Big Ten Player of the Year, Laura Gonzalez-Escallon who is ranked No. 20 as an individual by Golfweek. The junior won her second Big Ten Championships medal on April 29, which was the fifth-straight for Purdue and helped the Boilermakers to a second-place finish. Junior Paula Reto is ranked No. 28 and has won two tournaments this season. She set the Purdue single-round and 54-hole tournament records when she fired a 64 for a 207 to win the Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate.

Junior Kishi Sinha and freshmen Aurora Kan and Vicky Scherer will round out the five-golfer team for Purdue. Sinha is averaging 76.5 strokes per round and her best finish of the season was a tie for eighth at the Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate. Kan has a 79.0 stroke average and has three top-40 finishes this season, including a tie for 40th at the Big Ten Championships. Scherer joined the team in January and had the best showing of her young career at Big Tens with a tie for 14th.

Third-ranked Southern California is the top seed in the Central Regional; with No. 6 seed Ohio State serving as the tournament host. The Scarlet Course will be set up as a par-72, 6,264-yard venue for the event.

The remainder of the 24-team field includes fifth-ranked Auburn (SEC), No. 10 Georgia, No. 12 Vanderbilt, No. 15 Tennessee, No. 22 Oregon, No. 24 North Carolina State, No. 25 Florida State, No. 27 Virginia, No. 31 Arkansas, No. 35 Mississippi, No. 41 Kentucky, No. 45 Texas State, No. 48 UTSA (Southland), Butler (Horizon League), East Carolina, Harvard (Ivy League), Michigan, Notre Dame, Siena (Metro Atlantic Athletic), South Florida (Big East) and UNC Wilmington (Colonial Athletic Association). Conference automatic qualifiers are indicated in parentheses next to the institution and rankings are from the most recent Golfweek/Sagarin Ratings.

Six golfers will compete as individuals in each regional and the individuals invited to the Central Regional are Madeleine Shiels of Nebraska, Alex Buelow from Stetson, Rika Park and Leticia Ras-Anderica from Miami (Fla.), Brittany Henderson of Coastal Carolina and Gabriella Wahl from East Tennessee State.

All three regional tournaments will be conducted May 10 to 12 to determine the championships field. Penn State is playing host to the East Regional while the West Regional will be held at the Colorado National Golf Club in Erie, Colo., hosted by Colorado. Regional tournaments are considered preliminary rounds of NCAA championships competition. Eight teams and two individuals will advance from each regional to the championships finals to be held May 22 to 25 at the Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn., hosted by Vanderbilt.

The link to the NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championship program is here. Live scoring will be available on golfstat.com and a daily recap will be posted to purduesports.com.