Purdue was 1-of-4 teams to shoot under par Tuesday
NORMAN, Okla. – The Purdue women’s golf team took full advantage of the second round of the NCAA Norman Regional on Tuesday, shooting three-under 285 to climb to third place after 36 holes at Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club. Junior Micaela Farah had a second straight outstanding round, firing three-under 69 to move to five-under par for the tournament and a tie for third in the individual standings.
The Boilermakers were one-of-four teams to shoot under par Tuesday, joining the other three teams at the top of the leaderboard, and carded their 12th team round of the season under par. Farah and senior teammate Ida Ayu Indira Melati Putri are two-of-21 players in the field under par over 36 holes, and Purdue owns a commanding lead on the field with 34 birdies over the last two days, including 17 on Tuesday.
Farah picked up right where she left off Monday, sinking five birdies in the round and shooting a pristine two-under par on the front nine without a bogey. She capitalized on No. 2 and No. 5 on the way out and dropped birdies on No. 10, No. 15 and No. 16 over the second half of her round. The score is her sixth round in the 60’s this season, matching Putri and three other Boilermakers for Purdue’s single-season record.
Putri had a flawless front nine as well, dropping eight pars and a birdie on No. 3, and added two more birdies on the back nine, taking advantage at No. 13 and No. 16. Her birdie on No. 16 was one-of-seven on the day in the 96-player field, and got her to her 15th round of par or better this season. Her second consecutive score of one-under 71 leaves her two-under par and tied for 14th place in the individual standings.
Sophomore Inez Wanamarta bounced back from a tough opening round at Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club to shoot even-par 72 on Tuesday. She traded three birdies for three bogeys on the front side and then made par the rest of the way in for her sixth round of par or better on the year. She started red-hot with birdies on No. 2 and No. 3 and added a third on No. 6.
Freshman Danielle du Toit turned in the final team score of the day at one-over 73, making three birdies in her round. A double bogey on No. 16 spoiled her shot at extending her freshman record for rounds of par or better, but still continued to lower her season scoring average as she chases Wanamarta’s freshman record from 2017-18. She remains near the top of the individual leaders, tied for 22nd at even par.
Top-seeded Texas has taken the top spot on the leaderboard, shooting seven-under par, 281, and moving to eight-under par for the tournament. The Longhorns lead Florida by one stroke, and the Boilermakers sit five shots behind the Gators. Rounding out the top-six teams are Wake Forest in fourth at one-under, Arizona State in fifth at three-over par and Ole Miss and Texas Tech tied for the final qualifying spot at five-over par. Arizona State’s Olivia Mehaffey shot a blistering six-under 66 on Tuesday and leads the individual standings at nine-under par.
Purdue will open the third and final round tomorrow at 10:20 a.m. ET, playing in the final group off the front side with Texas and Florida.