Courtesy of Purdue Athletics
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – For the third straight year, the Purdue men’s golf team was selected to compete in NCAA Regional play announced on the Golf Channel Thursday morning.
The Boilermakers received the No. 6 seed, matching their highest regional seeding in school history, in the Stillwater, Oklahoma, regional to be played at Karsten Creek Golf Club (7,449 yards / par 72).
“Karsten Creek is a great golf course. It’s very challenging, but it will be good for our guys who need to drive the ball well. We do a great job putting the ball in the fairway and we have a lot of guys that are confident with their drivers. I think it will be a great course for us,” head coach Rob Bradley said.
The teams will play 54 holes and action will begin on Monday, May 16 and conclude May 18. The 13 squads and 10 individuals selected will be vying for five team spots into the NCAA Championships to be contested May 27 to June 1 at the Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Oregon.
In seed order, the Boilermakers (#31) will be joined by Oklahoma State (#6), Clemson (#7), Oklahoma (#18), Duke (#20), Augusta (#30), Michigan State (#42), Tennessee (#43), Northwestern (#55), Louisville (#56), McNeese State (#68), VCU (#72), UMKC (#93) and Alabama State (#211).
The Boilermakers will enter NCAA Regional play ranked No. 31 in the latest Golfstat national rankings and have had an outstanding season to date. Purdue has won three tournaments this year and has reached its highest national ranking since the final 2005 poll.
Purdue is just 1-of-3 Big Ten teams to qualify for NCAA Regionals in each of the last three years (Illinois, Iowa).
“We are definitely getting better and moving in the right direction, but we are not where we want to be. Our focus this week will be on Regionals and playing our best golf of the year,” Bradley added. “We will do a lot of short game work this week. Our finals are done on Saturday and most of the guys have U.S. Open Qualifying on Tuesday, so that will be really good preparation to get them in a tournament mindset.”
This will mark Purdue’s 12th NCAA Regional appearance (1999, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016) and the Boilermakers have advanced to 27 NCAA Championships. Among Big Ten schools, only Ohio State (46) and Minnesota (28) have reached more NCAA Championships than Purdue. All told, Purdue has advanced to NCAA play 34 times (regional play started in 1999).
Among Northern schools, Purdue’s 27 championship appearances are the fourth most in NCAA history (Ohio State 46, BYU 30, Minnesota 28, Purdue 27).
Purdue is 1-of-7 Big Ten teams to be selected, joined by Illinois (1 seed), Penn State (6), Michigan State (7), Northwestern (9), Michigan (9) and Iowa (10). Purdue is the second-highest ranked Big Ten team.