Purdue | No. 32-ranked Purdue Men’s Golf Travels to Big Ten Championships

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Courtesy of Purdue Athletics

BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS INFO
Friday – Sunday, April 22-24, 2016 / Newburgh, Indiana
Victoria National Golf Club / 7,239 yards, Par 72
Tee Times start at 9 a.m. ET on Friday and Saturday; 8 a.m. ET on Sunday (54 holes)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The No. 32-ranked Purdue men’s golf team travels to Victoria National Golf Club for the Big Ten Championships, starting Friday.

Boilermakers Look For First Big Ten Title in 35 Years at Victoria National
• The No. 32-ranked Purdue men’s golf team aims for its first league title in 35 years when it travels to Victoria National Golf Club in Newburgh, Indiana, for the Big Ten Championships. Action gets underway on Friday morning and the 54-hole tournament will conclude on Sunday. For the first time since the 2005 Championships, teams will play just 54 holes, instead of 72.

Purdue With One of Best Seasons in School History
• Purdue has had one of its best seasons in school history, winning three team titles coming at the Windon Memorial Classic, Bridgestone Golf Collegiate and Hoosier Collegiate. Purdue’s three team titles are the most since 2011 and the fifth most in a season in school history (5 – 1974; 4 – 2011, 1981, 1980).
• Purdue’s current 18-hole stroke average of 288.21 is just .02 strokes behind the school-record average of 288.19 set during the 2001-02 season.
• On the individual single-season stroke average list, this year’s current roster holds down two of the top three, three of the top 12 and four of the top 16 spots. A fifth Boilermaker, Jarle Volden, is just outside the Purdue freshman top-10 list.
• A Purdue player has been named the Big Ten Golfer of the Week four times this year. Brian Carlson was named twice (Sept. 30, March 10) while Austin Eoff (Oct. 28) and Fernando Barco(April 13) were both named once. Eoff was also named Golfweek’s National Player of the Week (Nov. 2).
• Purdue’s current ranking of No. 32 would be the program’s highest since 2005 (31st).

Season at a Glance
• Purdue had a tremendous fall season and after a slow start to the spring campaign, Purdue appears to be playing its best golf of the season. The Boilermakers are coming off a second-place finish in the Boilermaker Invitational by shooting a 10-under par 854, equaling its lowest 54-hole score in the 13-year history of the event and the fourth-lowest 54-hole score in relation to par in school history.
• Over the last two events, Purdue has finished T-1st and 2nd after winning the Hoosier Collegiate the prior weekend at Otter Creek Golf Course in Columbus, Indiana.
• Purdue’s fall season featured finishes of 2nd, T-4th, 1st, 2nd and 1st and dating to last year. The five straight top-four finishes were the program’s most since having eight straight during the 1970-71 season.
• Barring something unforeseen, Purdue will advance to its third straight NCAA Regionals appearance, in just the third year under head coach Rob Bradley. It will mark the first time since 2004-07 that Purdue will have made three straight NCAA Regionals (4).

Boilermaker Gimmies…
• Purdue will be playing in its 90th Big Ten Championships. Purdue has finished in the top three in 30 of the events and has placed 10th or lower just five times.
• Purdue’s counting team this weekend has recorded 62 rounds (of 142 rounds) at or under par, shooting at or under par in 43.7 percent of its rounds.
• Purdue hasn’t placed in the top three at the Big Ten Championships since 2007 or in the top two since 2001.
• Under third-year head coach Rob Bradley, Purdue has finished in the top four of 19-of-35 tournaments. In the six full previous years before his arrival, Purdue had just 20 top-four finishes.
• There have been 20 performances of 65 or better by a Purdue individual in school history. Eight of them have come during the Bradley era.
• There have been 13, 18-hole team performances of 277 or better in school history. Six of them have come under Bradley, including the best score in school history (266 in Bridgestone Golf Collegiate) set earlier this year.
• The two-best, 54-hole scores in school history have come this year (830 in the Windon Memorial Classic; 834 in the Bridgestone Golf Collegiate).
• Over the last six tournaments, Purdue is a cumulative 24-under par.
• All five of Purdue’s regulars have recorded rounds of 67 or better this year. Purdue has produced 22 rounds in the 60s. Last year’s team recorded 14 rounds in the 60s.
• Assistant Coach Jake Amos was named a semifinalist for the Jan Strickland Award, given to the nation’s top assistant coach.

Player Notes
• Austin Eoff … leads the team in stroke average at 71.62 (cumulative 5-under par), the second-best stroke average in school history … career leader in stroke average (72.49) … his seven top-10 finishes are the second most in a season in school history (school record is 8 by Lee Williamson in 2002) … has 14 career top-10 finishes, the fourth most in a career in school history … leads the team in par-4 (+12) and par-5 scoring (-42).
• Brian Carlson … has recorded two straight top-10 finishes … his six top-10 showings this year are the fourth most in a season in school history … third on the single-season stroke average list (72.31) … leads the team in birdies (100) … started the year 30-over par in his first two tournaments; since is 15-under par.
• Fernando Barco … has played well of late, ranking 12th on the single-season stroke average list (72.93) … has six top-20 finishes this year … has finished in the top 12 in each of the last three events … placed third at the Latin America Amateur Championship, missing a spot in The Masters by two shots.
• Stu Macdonald … finished T-5th at the Boilermaker Invitational, his fourth top-10 finish of the year … has six top-20 finishes … second on the team in birdies (99) and par-5 scoring (-22) … competed in the U.S. Amateur in August … member of Canada’s national team.
• Jarle Volden … has shown steady improvement, posting a pair of top-25 finishes in his last two events … owns a 74.73 stroke average this year, just outside the Purdue freshman single-season top-10 list … his 65 in the Bridgestone Golf Collegiate is tied for the best round by a freshman in school history.

PLAYER HOMETOWN RDS. AVG. TOP 10 LOW 18 LOW 54
Austin Eoff Benton, Ark. 29 71.62 7 64 203
Brian Carlson Madison, Conn. 29 72.31 6 65 206
Fernando Barco Lima, Peru 29 72.93 4 65 210
Stuart Macdonald Vancouver, B.C. 29 73.21 4 67 210
Jarle Volden Oslo, Norway 26 74.73 0 65 215

 

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