Knoxville, Tenn. – Purdue's Paula Reto drained a birdie putt at No. 17 and recorded a par on her final hole to edge Furman senior Laura Wearn (-4) by one stroke for individual medalist honors in the Mercedes-Benz Intercollegiate at the par-72, 6,447-yard Holston Hills Country Club in Knoxville, Tenn., on Sunday afternoon.
Wearn, who entered Sunday's round with a three stroke lead on the field at six-under par, birdied three holes to finish with a two-over 74 final round and carry the lead into the clubhouse. Reto birdied No. 9 to move to four-under before completing a three-under 71 final round with her birdie at the par five, No. 17.
"I'm so proud of Laura," said Furman head coach Kelley Hester. "She had a real solid tournament and a second place finish is pretty impressive. She and Stephanie both had a strong effort for the week."
Furman freshman Stephanie Carlozzi (+4) finished the 54-hole tournament by recording two birdies on the back nine to shoot a 74 and earn a share of 20th place. Sophomore Laura DeMarco, playing as an individual, posted a final round 75.
Penn State (+3) fired a 287 on Sunday to hold off host Tennessee (+7) for the team title while Purdue (+8) claimed third place. The Paladins (+33) placed ninth in the 16-team Mercedes-Benz Intercollegiate field that included six of the top 31 teams in the country and 13 golfers ranked among the nation's top 100.
Full tournament results and statistics a are available at www.golfstatresults.com.
Furman will host the annual Lady Paladin Invitational at the Furman University Golf Club on October 26-28.
9 Furman 300 295 302 897
2 Laura Wearn 70 68 74 212
T20 Stephanie Carlozzi 74 72 74 220
T52 Alexa Rancourt 79 75 77 231
65 Aubrie Street 78 80 77 235
85 Valentina Romero 78 83 89 250
T60 *Laura DeMarco 78 80 75 233
* - playing as individual