West: Reto, Purdue rally to move into tie with Vandy
Team leaders: Purdue, Vanderbilt (9 over, 577)
Individual leader: Annie Park, USC (67-71, 4 under)
In position: 3. USC (11 over); 4. South Carolina (13 over); 5. Stanford (17 over); 6. Baylor (18 over); 7. Oregon (21 over); 8. Georgia (27 over);
Chasing: 9. Kent State (28 over); 10. Arizona (30 over); 11. Ohio State (32 over)
Boiling over: Led by Paula Reto's 2-under 69 and a pair of 1-over 73s from Margaux Vanmol and Kishi Sinha, Purdue posted an impressive 2-over 286 Friday at the par-71 Stanford Golf Course to move into a tie for the team lead with overnight leader Vanderbilt.
Reto's leadership is nothing new for the Boilermakers, as she has won three individual titles this season, with Purdue winning the team title in two of those tournaments, including the Big Ten Championships. Reto had 16 even- or under-par rounds coming into the Regionals, by far the leader on the team. The senior has a 72.83 scoring average in 30 rounds this season.
Purdue won four team titles this season and has finished no worse than third in its last five tournaments, which includes three wins.
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The race is on: Barring a blow-up round, the top seven spots in the West Regional seem to be in order, but it could be a crazy battle for that eighth and final spot.
Georgia is holding down the No. 8 spot, but fired a 15-over 299 on Friday and is only one shot ahead of Kent State, which recovered from a poor first round with a 10-over 294 on Friday to climb up the leaderboard.
The biggest surprise fighting for their postseason life is Arizona, ranked No. 5 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings. The Wildcats are 10th, firing a 14-over 298 Friday to sit three back of Georgia.
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Short shots: USC's Annie Park is clinging to a one-shot lead over Oregon's Cassy Isagawa and two over Reto. Park had a solid round, picking up a pair of birdies and bogeys en route to an even-par 71. Park had two victories in seven tournaments this season, the last at the Pac-12 Championships at the end of April. . . . Georgia's Emilie Burger backed up a 3-under 68 Thursday with a 4-over 75 Friday to fall to 1 over on the tournament and five shots off Park's pace for the individual title. . . . The round of the day belonged to Stanford, which used its home-course advantage to post an even-par 284 to move within eight shots of the co-leaders. Mariah Stackhouse had the Cardinal's best round with a 2-under 69 Friday. . . . There were only three rounds in the 60s on Friday, led by a 3-under 68 by Kent State's Jennifer Ha.