Look for the Purdue women’s golf team to start moving back up in the rankings after the Boilermakers completed a strong week in Tucson, Ariz. Saturday by taking third in the MountainView Collegiate hosted by Missouri at the MountainView Golf Club.
Purdue entered the week ranked 45th by Golfweek, but after completing a solid fifth-place finish Tuesday in the Wildcat Invitational, the Boilermakers put together an outstanding final round of 2-under 286 to finish third in the MountainView.
Purdue trailed the two top-20 teams in the field as powerhouse Georgia, ranked fifth, cruised to the title with a final round of 1-over 289 to finish at 5-under 859, seven shots clear of 16th-ranked Iowa State, which had an even-par 288 in the final round to finish at 2-over 866.
August Kim, a junior from St. Augustine, Fla., had accounted for Purdue’s low round in five straight tournament rounds, but such was the effort by the Boilermakers in the final round that they were able to toss Kim’s 3-over 75.
Covadonga SanJuan, a freshman from Spain, fired a 3-under 69 over the 6,227-yard, par-72 MountainView layout, tied for the second-best score of the day, to finish tied for fifth overall at 2-under 214. Anna Appert Lund, Purdue’s senior leader from Sweden, also broke par with a 2-under 70 to move into a tie for ninth at 1-over 217. Linn Andersson, a sophomore from Sweden, had a 1-over 73 and finished tied for 45th at 10-over 226. And Marta Martin, a sophomore from Spain who had a tough day in Friday’s double round, bounced back with a 2-over 74 to finish tied for 69th at 232.
Kim’s 75 left her in a tie for 13th at 2-over 216 in another in a series of strong showings.
Ida Ayu Indira Melati Putri, a freshman from Bali, competed as an individual for Purdue and her final-round 79 enabled her to finish in a tie for 79th at 237.
Georgia, meanwhile, was making a pretty strong statement all weekend, particularly Jillian Hollis, a freshman from Rocky River, Ohio. Hollis was a mere mortal with an even-par 72 in the final round, but, combined with the 66 and the 67 she fired Friday, she still easily rolled to the individual title at 11-under 205.
The Bulldogs’ Bailey Tardy, a freshman from Peachtree Corners, Ga. and a member of the U.S. Curtis Cup team, had a 71 and finished tied for third 3-under 213.
Rounding out the effort for the Bulldogs were Harang Lee, a junior from Spain who had a 73 to finish tied for 17th at 3-over 219, Sammi Lee, a junior from Winter Park, Fla. who had a 73 to finish tied for 24th at 6-over 222, and Rinko Mitsunaga, a freshman from Roswell, Ga. who had a 75 to finish tied for 61st at 230.
Mitsunaga teamed with Stanford recruit Mika Liu to capture the inaugural U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball at Bandon Dunes in Oregon nearly a year ago, the same event in which District One standouts Brynn Walker of Radnor and Madelein Herr of Council Rock North reached the semifinals. Liu will be one of Tardy’s teammates on a U.S. Curtis Cup team dominated by teen standouts.
Iowa State’s runnerup showing was highlighted by a runnerup finish in the individual standings by Chayanit Wangmahaporn, a freshman from Thailand. Wangmahaporn had the best round of the final day, a sparkling 4-under 68. She couldn’t catch Hollis, but Wangmahaporn was the best of the rest at 6-under 210.
Joining Tardy in a tie for third at 3-under 213 was Texas State’s Lora Assad, a senior from South Africa who had a final-round 70.
Joining Purdue’s SanJuan in the tie for fifth at 2-under 214 were Colorado State’s Katrina Prendergast, a freshman from Sparks, Nev. who matched par with a 72 in the final round, and Kansas State’s Madison Talley, a junior from Clarksville, Ark. who went 1-under 71 in the final round.
Rounding out the top five in the team standings were host Missouri, which had a final-round 294 to finish a shot back of Purdue in fourth place at 11-over 875, and New Mexico State, which grabbed fifth place with a final-round 291 and a 13-over 877 total.