Women's Golf Climbs Two Spots, Sits Sixth at Big Ten Championships
April 26, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
FRENCH LICK, Ind. - The Purdue women's golf team made a big improvement at the second day of the Big Ten Championships, shaving 13 strokes off its day one score and climbing two spots to sixth place in the team standings on Saturday. The Boilermakers shot a 14-over, 302, as three players came in a three-over, 75, and junior Johanna Tillströmowns the squad's top individual score at nine-over, 153 for the tournament.
Joining Tillström at 75 on Saturday was fellow junior Aurora Kan and sophomore Anna Appert Lund, as all three played fairly consistent on the day. Appert Lund made a pair of birdies over her first nine holes, evening out a double-bogey on No. 15, and made 12 pars on the day. Kan had just one birdie, but made 14 pars on the day, while Tillström had one birdie and 13 pars. Sophomore Vinh-Hoa Ngoturned in the final team score of the day, matching her first-round score of five-over, 77. Ngo posted the Boilermakers' biggest highlight of the day, jarring her second shot on the par-four at No. 5 for an eagle.
At nine-over, Tillström is tied for 13th place overall, while Kan and Ngo are one-shot back and tied for 16th. Appert Lund made a big jump in the individual standings, jumping 12 spots to 32nd at 12-over for the tournament. Ohio State's Zoe-Beth Brakes and Jessica Porvasnik share the individual lead at one-over, 145, holding a four-shot lead on the rest of the field. Michigan's Grace Choi and Michigan State's Allyssa Ferrell are tied for third at five-over, 149, while three players are tied for fifth at six-over, 150.
At 315-302=617, the Boilermakers are 19 shots off the lead, which is shared by Michigan State and Ohio State at 22-over, 598. Purdue shot the fifth-best second-day total, and had the second-best improvement between the first two days, behind Illinois' 20-stroke swing. The Boilermakers are just nine shots behind third-place Northwestern, which heads into the final day at 32-over, 608.
The conference tournament concludes tomorrow with the final round, which is scheduled for an 8 a.m. (ET) start. The Boilermakers will begin on the front nine for the first time this weekend, and are paired with Penn State and Illinois.