Kan wins title, Boilers tie for sixth at Lady Puerto Rico Classic

Photo Courtesy: Purduesports.com
Photo Courtesy: Purduesports.com

RIO GRANDE, P.R. (Purdue Sports) – The Purdue women’s golf team climbed two more spots to finish tied for sixth at the 14th annual Lady Puerto Rico Classic, hosted by the Boilermakers at the Rio Mar Country Club River Course. Competition wrapped Tuesday as junior Aurora Kan birdied on her final hole to tie for first individually at five-under (71-68-72=211), while the team finished at 893, +27.

The Boilermakers continued to improve on their slow first-round start, carding ten less strokes on their final round than their first-round finish (306-291-296=893, +29). Kan was joined on the scorecard by freshman August Kim, and sophomores Anna Appert Lund and Brooke Beegle who shot 73 (+1), 75 (+3) and 76 (+4), respectively.

Kan finished day two in first place on the individual leaderboard, but Alabama’s Stephanie Meadow (75-68-68=211) had a two-day surge that put her within striking distance of first place. Meadow shot four-under in the final round to put her on top of the board, but a Kan birdie on the final hole let her hold onto a piece of the individual title.

Freshman August Kim gave the Boilermakers a strong final round with a career-best 73, +1 on Tuesday. After opening play with a bogey, Kim made three birdies over a span of six holes and ended the tournament tied for 34th with teammate Appert Lund. Appert Lund added a pair of birdies to finish three-over on the final round, her best mark of the tournament. Beegle and junior Johanna Tillström both chipped in three birdies apiece to finish tied for 59th and 63rd, respectively. Freshman Ashley Yarbrough played individually and finished tied for 46th at 230, +14.

Arkansas paced the field during the entire tournament posted a tournament-best 283 during the second day of play, ending the day five-under. A 295 post on the final round gave the Razorbacks a final score of 867, +3. Augusta State finished 14 strokes behind Arkansas in second place with 881, +17, and Big Ten rival Northwestern finished third with 886, +22.

The Boilermakers will be off for the next month, returning to action March 14 at the Lady Jaguar Invitational in Augusta, Ga.

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