Freshman’s score helps TCU jump to 15th place finish

Freshman Sanna Nuutinen’s 72 helped TCU move up two places to finish 15th after Tuesday’s final round of the Battle at Rancho Bernardo Inn in San Diego.

Nuutinen, a Helsinki, Finland, native, recorded four birdies in a seven-hole stretch. She tied with teammate Brooke Beeler for 25th individually.

Beeler birdied four of her final seven holes en route to a final-round 73. She dropped her score each round of the tournament.

Each team in the field was ranked in the top 50. Golfdigest.com rated The Battle at Rancho Bernardo Inn as the fourth-toughest event in the nation during the 2011 spring season.

No. 33 TCU lowered its score each day. With a 306, the Horned Frogs concluded play at 937.

NO. 7 Purdue won the team title with an 879, seven strokes ahead of top-ranked USC.

Only three of the 96 golfers shot below par. With a 7-under-par 209, Purdue’s Laura Gonzalez took medalist honors by six shots over UNLV’s Therese Koelbaek and USC’s Lizette Salas.

TCU returns to action April 1 at the PING/Arizona State Invitational in Tempe, Ariz. It will be the Horned Frogs’ final tournament before beginning play April 14 at the Mountain West Conference Championships.

Team Scores

1. Purdue – 295-292-292=879

2. USC – 299-295-292=886

3. UCLA – 293-304-290=887

4. Georgia – 310-304-289=903

5. Auburn – 305-307-293=905

6. UC Davis – 294-307-308-909

7. Arizona – 303-302-307=912

T8. Pepperdine – 311-308-295=914

T8. Texas – 303-306-305=914

10. UNLV – 304-303-308=915

11. Arizona State – 297-316-304-917

12. Denver – 314-305-304=923

13. California – 306-314-304=924

14. Oregon – 309-318-307=934

15. TCU – 322-309-306=937

16. New Mexico – 312-317-311=940

17. San Diego State – 309-321-311=941

TCU Scores

T25. Brooke Beeler – 78-76-73=227

T25. Sanna Nuutinen – 77-78-72=227

T75. Melissa Loh – 85-77-80=242

T75. Katy Cardno – 82-78-82=242

T88. Rachel Raastad – 85-84-81=250