Aurora Kan, the 2010 PIAA champion as a senior at Chichester, was Purdue’s low finisher as the Boilermakers wrapped up the fall portion of their 2013-14 season Sunday at the Landfall Tradition, hosted by UNC-Wilmington at the Country Club of Landfall.
Kan, a junior, wrapped her fall season in style with an even-par 72. Combined with her first two rounds of 76 and 81 that gave her a 13-over 229 total that left her in a tie for 32nd. Kan is one of the elder statesmen on a young Purdue team and it struggled to a 15th-place finish in the team standings, although the Boilermakers lowered their team total each day.
Kan’s final-round 72 helped Purdue post a 303. The Boilermakers opened with a 316 and posted a 309 in the middle round.
The rest of the Purdue lineup was tightly bunched behind Kan as sophomore Vinh-Hoa Ngo (82-72-77) was in a tie for 42nd at 231, sophomore Brooke Beegle (79-79-77) was in a tie for 57th at 235 and freshman August Kim (80-79-78) and junior Johanna Tillstrom (81-79-77) were in a tie for 65th at 237.
Purdue will open the spring half of its schedule when it hosts the Lady Puerto Rico Classic at the Rio Mar Country Club’s River Course in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico Feb. 16 to 18.
Meanwhile, Kan’s scholastic rival Jackie Calamaro, the 2009 PIAA champion as a senior at Radnor, and her Illinois teammates were just down the coast at Kiawah Island, S.C. last weekend, wrapping up their fall season with another strong showing, finishing in a tie for fifth in the Palmetto Intercollegiate at Turtle Point Golf Course.
The Illini have been playing so well this fall that their coach, Renee Sloan, was a little disappointed by the finish. She was particularly annoyed with the completion of the second round, which was suspended by darkness Sunday night. Sloan felt the Illini left some shots out on the course during that stretch.
The middle round was their highest total at 302. Illinois opened with a 301 and finished up with a299. The Illini’s 902 total left them tied for fifth with the College of Charleston. They were just a shot behind fourth-place finisher GRU-Augusta and three shots back of third-place finisher East Tennessee St.
Calamaro, a redshirt junior, struggled a little with rounds of 84, 79 and 81 for a 244 total that left her in a tie for 85th.
Illinois was led by senior Ember Schuldt (77-70-77), who finished in a tie for 16th at 224, freshman Stephanie Miller (76-75-75) and redshirt junior Samantha Postillion (73-80-73), both of whom were among the players tied for 22nd at 226, and freshman Emily Joers (75-78-74), who finished in a tie for 26th at 227.
Bucknell senior Lauren Bernard, the Notre Dame product and Aronimink Golf Club member, had a strong showing at Turtle Point with rounds of 81, 75 and 78 that left her in a tie for 58th at 234. The Bison finished last in the 19-team field at 957.
Maryland senior Emily Gimpel, a former Mount St. Joseph standout, had rounds of 79, 76 and 74 and finished in a tie for 36th at 229. The Terps finished three shots behind Illinois in seventh place at 905.
Jaster, Fahey help Dartmouth take fifth
The Dartmouth men’s team finished its season a couple of weekends ago in the Ivy League match play at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J.
Freshman Sean Fahey, the former Episcopal Academy standout, picked up a point in a 4-3 victory over Cornell and another point in a 4.5-2.5 win over Penn. Freshman Scott Jaster, the three-time Haverford School All-Delco earned a half-point in a 4.5-2.5 loss to Columbia and grabbed a point for Dartmouth in the win over Cornell.
Yale claimed the team title, followed by Harvard, Columbia, Princeton, Dartmouth, Penn, Brown and Cornell.
Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour
The Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour continued its fall series with a trip to Greate Bay Country Club in Somers Point, N.J. last weekend and Delco’s top performers were some of the youngsters in the nine-hole division.
Hayden Smith of Havertown was fourth with a 51, James Quinn of Radnor was sixth with a 53 and Joseph Morganti of Havertown was seventh with a 54.
In the boys 13-to-15 age group, D.J. Colleran of Radnor finished in a tie for ninth with a 93 and Connor Hale of Garnet Valley finished 15th with a 112.
Maggie Cass of Wayne finished third in the girls 13-to-15 age group with a 116 and Kimmy Sanna of Swarthmore also had a 116 as the only finisher in the girls 16-to-18 group.
Private School state tourney
I ran out of room in my mention of last weekend’s Pennsylvania Independent School Athletic Association Tournament held at Stonewall Golf Club in the Fall Sports Notebook in the Thursday print edition of the Daily Times and just wanted to add a couple of the strong finishes by two Malvern Prep entrants.
Senior Michael Davis finished second, a shot behind Episcopal Academy’s Trey Croney, with a 74. Davis also finished second a week earlier at the Bert Linton Inter-Ac League Tournament held at Merion Golf Club’s famed East Course. And Malvern Prep’s Brendan Bacskai capped a strong junior season by taking third with a 76.
The event marked the final scholastic appearances for Davis, a Newtown Square resident and Aronimink Golf Club member, and Haverford School senior Cole Berman, the reigning Daily Times Player of the Year.
The two have dominated the Inter-Ac the last four years. Davis won the Inter-Ac individual title as a freshman in May of 2011, the last time the Inter-Ac played a spring schedule, and led the Friars to the team title this fall. Berman, who is headed for Georgetown next fall, won Inter-Ac individual titles in 2011 and 2012 and helped the Fords win three straight Inter-Ac team titles.