Boilermakers win Landfall Tradition by 14 shots
Monday, October 31, 2011
Purdue posted a tournament-low 297 in the final round to win the 10th-annual Landfall Tradition by 14 strokes over Auburn. The event was hosted at the Country Club of Landfall in Wilmington, N.C., the same site where Purdue won the NCAA Championship two years ago. The Landfall Tradition was played at the Nicklaus Course, while the NCAAs were played on the Dye Course.
Head coach Devon Brouse called the Nicklaus course a more penal setup. Fall weather made it a much different tournament than May’s NCAA final.
“It was cold, it was windy, greens were fast,” Brouse said. “It was truly a severe test.”
Landfall Tradition was just Purdue's third start of the fall season. The Boilermakers, which had beaten just two teams in their previous two starts this year, finished last at the Mason Rudolph Fall Preview and tied for 12th at the Windy City Collegiate Championship.
“I felt like we had a little more motivation than some teams,” Brouse said.
Junior Paula Reto led the way for the Boilermakers, winning her first collegiate individual title by three strokes with a 2-over par 218 total. Reto was a freshman when the Boilermakers won the national championship in 2010.
“She’s gotten a lot more comfortable in her own skin,” Brouse said of Reto’s progress. “I can think of a lot of tournaments where she didn’t get out of her own way.”
Purdue’s Laura Gonzalez finished T-7 at 9 over. Brouse said it’s the kind of leadership he’s been waiting to see this season from Reto and Gonzalez, the only two members of the 2010 championship-winning team.
The Boilermakers will open their spring season Feb. 12 at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.