ATHENS, GA (WLFI) - The No. 7 Purdue women's golf team shot a 300 in the fourth and final round of the 2013 NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championships to earn sole possession of third place. Three Boilermakers finished in the top 25 as individuals, led by senior Paula Reto in third place, sophomore Aurora Kan tied for 15th and senior Laura Gonzalez-Escallon tied for 23rd.
Top-ranked Southern California (284-276-285-288=1133, -19) won the national championship in record-breaking fashion and Southern Cal's Annie Park (70-67-70-71=278, -10) became just the seventh freshman in NCAA history to win the individual title. No. 3 Duke (286-289-287-292=1154, +2) was the runner up, 21 strokes behind Southern Cal. Purdue (289-289-295-300=1173, +21) finished one stroke ahead of fourth-place UCLA (289-287-297-301=1174, +22) and No. 13 Arizona State (293-287-296-305=1181, +29) finished fifth.
Purdue extended its streak of consecutive top 10 finishes at the NCAA Championships to eight years, Purdue had an individual finish third for the third year in a row and Gonzalez-Escallon and Reto played in the final group on the final day for the fourth-straight time. The Boilermakers were paired with Southern Cal and Duke on Friday.
"Third place in this kind of competition is not bad at all," head coach Devon Brouse said. "I'm especially proud of our program. I'm very proud of this group of players and especially the three seniors. They've done a lot."
Reto shot a 72 on Friday for a total score of two-under par 286 (71-73-70-72). The Cape Town, South Africa, native had four birdies and four bogeys in her final round as a collegiate golfer. Reto's third place finish was a career-best in the NCAA Championships.
"I'm pretty excited and very pleased with my team and myself," Reto said. "I think we played pretty solid for the most part. Here and there I had some up and down holes, but I think I did a good job of playing pretty well. I just tried to be patient out there and that's what kept me going."
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