Courtesy of Purdue Athletics
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Purdue women’s golf team struggled at the opening day of the NCAA Regional Championships at the Shoal Creek Country Club, shooting 25-over, 313 to sit in 15th place overall. Junior August Kim put up the top individual performance for the Boilermakers, shooting two-over, 74, and is tied for seventh, individually, heading into day two.
Shoal Creek proved incredibly difficult for the field Thursday afternoon, as the team lead is held by Big Ten rival Northwestern at eight-over, 296, as only the Wildcats, Oklahoma State and Florida State played the course under 300 for the day. The Boilermakers are 10 shots back from a qualifying spot in the NCAA Tournament as New Mexico State currently sits sixth at 15-over, 303.
Kim almost made it out of the first day just off the lead as her trio of birdies left her even-par after 17 holes, including a stretch of 10 straight holes without a bogey between No. 4 and No. 13. However, a double bogey on the final hole pushed her a few strokes back and logged her first round over par since April 9. Birdies were scarce for the field on Thursday, as senior Anna Appert Lund and freshman Cova SanJuan made two apiece, while sophomores Marta Martin and Linn Andersson each only made one. Despite making just nine birdies as a team, the Boilermakers boasted the fourth-most in the field Thursday. SanJuan finished at five-over, 77, while Martin and Appert Lund had the final two team scores at nine-over, 81.
Vanderbilt’s Jennifer Hahn holds the individual lead at two-under, 70, holding a two-shot lead on Northwestern’s Kacie Komoto and Oklahoma State’s Maddie McCrary, who finished even-par, 72. There are three players tied for fourth at one-over, 73, and Kim is one of nine players tied at two-over par.
Play resumes tomorrow at 7:30 a.m. CT, with the Boilermakers projected to start play on the back-nine.