Boilers Struggle, in Eighth After Day One at Big Ten Championships
April 26, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
FRENCH LICK, Ind. - The Purdue women's golf team had a tough opening round at the 2014 Big Ten Championships, shooting a 28-over, 315 on Friday at the Pete Dye Course at French Lick. Sophomore Vinh-Hoa Ngoturned in the best Boilermaker score of the afternoon, shooting a five-over, 77 as the team is 14 shots off the team lead with 36 holes to play.
The difficult course and conditions got the best of the Boilermakers on Friday as they managed just three birdies as a team, and didn't get their first one until after about 60 holes of golf. Purdue wasn't the only one to have a tough day as no players in the field finished under par, and just one player, Nebraska's Cassidy Stelzmiller, finished even.
"The course beat us today," said Purdue head coach Devon Brouse. "The rain and wind was tough on everyone, but we let it get the better of us. We let some opportunities get away from us, and on a course like this and conditions like we had today, you can't let those escape and expect to score well."
Ngo had a fairly steady day for the Boilermakers, earning par on 14 of her 18 holes, and sitting at just two-over after 14. However a double-bogey on No. 6 and a bogey on No. 9, her final hole, dropped her five shots off the lead and tied for 17th heading into tomorrow. Junior teammate Johanna Tillstrom finished just behind Ngo at six-over, 78 and tied for 20th, while junior Aurora Kan shot a seven-over, 79 and is tied for 28th. Sophomore Anna Appert Lundposted the Boilermakers' fourth and final team score of the day at nine-over, 81.
Ohio State holds the team lead after the first day at 13-over, 301, paced by Jessica Porvasnik and Zoe-Beth Brake. Despite making seven birdies on Friday, Porvasnik shot a one-over, 73, while Brake is tied with Michigan State's Allyssa Ferrell for third at two-over, 74. Seven individuals finished at three-over, while five more shot four-over, marking 19 players within five shots of the lead. Nebraska is second in the team standings, just one shot back from the Buckeyes, and the Spartans are in third place, remaining four shots off the lead.
The Boilermakers tee off on the back-nine again tomorrow, starting a 9 a.m. (ET), and are paired with Iowa and Wisconsin. Sophomore Brooke Beegle will be the first Purdue player off the tee, and live results remain available at GolfStat.com.