The Purdue women’s golf team turned in an eighth-place finish at the 2014 Big Ten Championships, held on the Pete Dye Course at French Lick, Ind., over the weekend.
The Boilermakers shot a 315-302-307=924 at the 54-hole event, finishing 29 shots behind the team champions. Junior Aurora Kan offered up the top individual effort for the Old Gold and Black, tying for 18th place at 14-over, 230 for the tournament.
After a vast improvement on Saturday, the Boilermakers stumbled on the final day of competition with a 19-over, 307, dropping two spots in the final team standings.
Sophomore Anna Appert Lund turned in the best score of the final day, carding a three-over, 75, while Kan was one shot back at four-over, 76. Junior Johanna Tillström and sophomores Brooke Beegle and Vinh-Hoa Ngo shot matching rounds of six-over, 78, highlighted by Ngo’s second eagle of the tournament as she needed just three shots to find the cup on the par-five 18th hole.
Appert Lund and Tillström tied for 23rd in the final individual standings, followed by Ngo in 28th. Ohio State’s Jessica Porvasnik took the individual crown at even-par, 216, while Buckeye teammate Zoe-Beth Brake was second at three-over, 219. Porvasnik was also honored with the Mary Fossum Award, honoring the conference’s player with the lowest stroke average (73.21) relative to par this season.
The Buckeyes tied Michigan State for the team title, marking Ohio State’s first team championship since 2005, and giving the Spartans their third team title in the last four years. Finishing ahead of Indiana in the final standings gives Purdue another point in the Governor’s Cup and a 9-7 lead on the year with just four points left on the table.
The Boilermakers await word of their postseason eligibility as the 2014 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championships selections will be announced live via the Golf Channel Monday, April 28, during Golf Central which will air that evening from 6 to 7 p.m. (ET). Additionally, the show will be streamed live on the Golf Channel website and posted afterwards on the NCAA website at ncaa.com.