May 1, 1997

Golfers Ready for King Cobra Kent Challenge

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- The Purdue men's golf team will be competing in the 1997 King Cobra/Kent Intercollegiate on May 2-3 in Ravenna, Ohio. The 54-hole tournament is being hosted by Kent State and will be played at the Windmill Lakes Golf Club, a par 70 course. A total of 18 teams, including five from the Big Ten, make up the field.

This is the 23rd year Kent State has hosted this tournament. The Golden Flashes have won the title a record eight times. Miami of Ohio won the tournament in 1996 and is a member of this year's field.

Purdue has struggled this spring, but hopes their final pre-Big Ten Championship tune- up is a successful one. They will need consistent, quality play from junior Jim Sudac and sophomore Bert Jones. Sudac, despite playing in just three of five tournaments so far this spring, has Purdue's lowest average (75.1 over nine rounds). Jones, who has golfed all 13 rounds for the Boilers, has a 75.6 average and carded the lowest round of any Boiler this spring with a three-under par 69 at the Legends Invitational on April 19. Senior John Bachman (77.2), junior Harry Channon (77.6) and freshman Ryan Cate (79.6) also need to turn in low scores to benefit the Boilers' cause.

The first two rounds of the three-round tournament will be played on May 2, with the final round beginning at 7:30 a.m. on May 3.