Oct. 11, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The No. 16 Purdue women's golf team is on the road again this weekend heading to Knoxville, Tenn., on Oct. 12 to 14. The Boilermakers are one of 16 teams slated to compete in the 54-hole Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship hosted by Tennessee. The tournament will be played at the Holston Hills Country Club which is a set up as a 6,447-yard, par-72 course.
The 16th edition of the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship has Purdue and two other Big Ten schools also ranked in the top 40 of theGolfweek poll: No. 18 Northwestern and No. 37 Penn State. No. 25 Texas A&M, No. 29 Tennessee, No. 24 East Carolina, Chattanooga, Eastern Kentucky, Florida State, Furman, Iowa State, James Madison, Memphis, Miami, Mississippi State and Texas-San Antonio round out the 16-team field.
While this is the first time Purdue is competing at this venue, the Boilermakers earned a second place team finish in 2007 when the Mercedes-Benz Championship was held at the Cherokee Country Club in Knoxville. The Boilermakers' best finish in the event was in 2001 when they won the tournament.
Purdue is coming off a 13th place finish at the Liz Murphey Fall Preview in Athens, Ga. Senior Paula Reto tied for 14th place, moving her up to No. 26 in the Golfweek individual rankings. Reto will join classmates Laura Gonzalez-Escallon and Kishi Sinha, sophomore Aurora Kan, and freshman Margaux Vanmol in the five golfer lineup. Freshman Brooke Beegle will compete as an individual.
In support of breast cancer awareness month, the field, including Purdue, will be sporting pink ribbons on their golf bags. Tennessee has partnered with the Knoxville affiliate of Susan G. Komen to raise funds for breast cancer research throughout the weekend.
The three-round tournament format allows one round per day with the four low individual scores each round counting toward the team's total. Teams will begin competing in waves starting at 9 a.m. on Friday from holes one and 10. Purdue is paired with Texas A&M and Furman on hole one and will begin teeing off at 9 a.m. Additional tee times and live scoring will be available at golfstat.com and daily recaps will be posted to purduesports.com.