After 884 golf shots, you wouldn’t expect that two teams would end up in a tie, but that’s exactly what happened over the weekend as 2010 PIAA champion Aurora Kan out of Chichester and her Purdue Boilermakers shared the Big Ten team title with Northwestern.
There was no denying Purdue’s Paula Reto, the senior from South Africa, the individual title as she tamed the 6,121-yard, par-72 Donald Ross Golf Course at French Lick, Ind. with rounds of 71, 71 and 70 for a 4-under 212 total that was seven shots clear of the field.
Reto helped the ninth-ranked Boilermakers put up team scores of 293, 294 and 297 as they made up a five-shot deficit on the Wildcats in the final round.
In the tense final three holes with the title on the line, Reto had two pars and a birdie and Kan, redshirt senior Kishi Sinha and freshman Margaux Vanmol parred out to enable the Boilermakers to secure their piece of the title.
Sinha, a native of New Delhi, India, finished in a tie for seventh with rounds of 73, 73 and 77 for a 223 total. Kan, a sophomore and three-time Daily Times Player of the Year at Chichester, continued her strong play this spring as she was a shot back of Sinha in a tie for ninth with rounds of 74, 76 and 74. Vanmol, a freshman from Belgium, had rounds of 76, 74 and 76 for a 226 total that left her in a tie for 16th.
It was a bit of a disappointing weekend for Laura Gonzalez-Escallon, the senior from Belgium who was the defending individual champion. She had rounds of 75, 77 and 81 for a 233 total that left her in a tie for 35th. Freshman Brooke Beegle, out of Fishers, Ind., had rounds of 84, 76 and 83 for a 243 total that left her in a tie for 59th.
Don’t be surprised to see Gonzalez-Escallon bounce back in a big way as the Boilermakers head west after learning Monday night they will be the fourth seed at the NCAA West Regional May 9-11 at the Stanford Golf Course at Stanford University.
Jackie Calamaro, the 2009 PIAA champion at Radnor, had a decent wrapup of her 2012-13 campaign as a redshirt sophomore at Illinois at the Big Ten Tournament.
Calamaro had steady rounds of 79, 83 and 80 for a 243 total that left her in a tie for 59th.
The Illini were led by junior Ember Schuldt (78-76-75—232, tied 32nd), redshirt sophomore Samanatha Postillion (77-80-79—237, tied 45th) and sophomore Michelle Mayer (77-81-83—237, tied 45th) as they ended up in 12th place with rounds of 311, 318 and 317 for a 946 total.
Shattuck ends up tied for 14th at CAA tourney
Braden Shattuck, the 2011-12 Daily Times Player of the Year at Sun Valley, wrapped up a strong freshman season at Delaware with a tie for 14th at the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament at the 7,069-yard, par-72 Reserve Club course at St. James Plantation in Southport, N.C.
Shattuck faltered in the final round with an 82 after opening the tournament with rounds of 74 and 75. Shattuck saw his streak of four straight top-10 finishes snapped.
The Blue Hens were by senior captain Ben Conroy, who saved his best for last, a final-round of even-par 72 enabling him to finish in a tie for 10th at 228.
Conroy also helped Delaware post a final-round 305, which, combined with its first two rounds of 309 and 311 enabled it to finish fifth in the team standings at 925.
Led by individual champion Payne McLeod (73-67-75—215), UNC-Wilmington claimed the team title with rounds of 305, 283 and 300 for an 888 total.
Terzian finishes tied for 21st at CAA tourney
Speaking of Delaware, the CAA women’s tourney was held a week earlier at the Reserve Course at St. James Plantation and Episcopal Academy product Amanda Terzian, a sophomore with the Blue Hens, finished in a tie for 21st with rounds of 82, 85 and 79 for a 246 total.
Delaware was led by freshman Nathalie Filler (81-85-79) and sophomore Baralee Theinthong (77-80-88), both of whom finished in a tie for 17th.
Another shot back among the players tied for 21st at 246 with Terzian was Delaware freshman Vimonthip Benjasupawan (77-82-87).
Delaware had rounds of 316, 331 and 328 to finish fifth at 975.
Led by individual champion Shabril Brewer (76-68-81—225), James Madison captured the team title with rounds of 321, 298 and 323 for a 942 total.
Cox, Kim are winners on Junior Tour
The Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour was in Berks County Saturday at Galen Hall Golf Club and Dalton Cox made quite an impression among the nine-holers by finishing first with a 47.
Gabriella Kim, headed for the Radnor varsity next fall, topped the 13-to-15 age group with an 88. Kaitlyn Lees of Bryn Mawr was second with a 92 and Caitlin Bullock of Wayne finished sixth with a 122.
In the boys 13-15 division, John Updike of Wayne finished second with an 87. Jacob Liberman of Radnor was ninth with a 94.
Robert Olseski III of Wayne finished third in the 16-18 division with an 89.
A little later in the week, we’ll be back at it with a wrapup of the Villanova men at the Big East Tournament and a few thoughts from the U.S. Open Media Day Monday at Merion. My playing partner was none other than Chris Berman of ESPN fame and while I played horribly, the company was good and Boomer didn’t play badly at all.