WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Purdue women's golf team finished in second place at the NCAA West Regional on Saturday.
The ninth-ranked Boilermakers advanced to its 14-consecutive NCAA Championships with a team total of 860 (291-286-283).
The No. 4 seed Boilermakers shot a 283 on Saturday and finished just one stroke behind top-ranked and top-seeded Southern California (290-289-280=859).
Purdue was led by Big Ten individual champion Paula Reto (71-69-66, -7), who fired a five-under par 66 to tie with Southern Cal's Annie Park for first place at 206. Reto's 66 is two off her career-low, school-record round of 64 that she shot last season at the Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate on a par-72 course, but the 206 breaks Reto's own school record for low 54-hole tournament score. She recorded a 207 at the Lady Jaguar last year. The Cape Town, South Africa, native had an impressive performance on the final day with five birdies, no bogeys and 13 pars.
Reto is the first Boilermaker to earn medalist honors at an NCAA Regional since Maria Hernandez tied for first at the NCAA Central Regional in Austin, Texas, on May 10, 2008.
It was the 17th NCAA Regional appearance for the Boilermakers and their best finish since placing second at the 2009 NCAA Central Regional. Purdue's only NCAA regional victory came in 2006 in the West. The Boilermakers have earned top-10 finishes in the last seven NCAA Championships, including the title in 2010.
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