Boilermakers looking for fourth trip to nationals in last five years
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Boilermakers making fifth straight regionals appearance
Senior golfer has second-best stroke average in Purdue history
Boilermakers to make fifth straight NCAA Regionals appearance
Brian Carlson Photo Gallery
Purdue at the Crooked Stick Intercollegiate (Oct. 12, 2015).
Stuart Macdonald photo gallery from Monday's first round at the 115th U.S. Amateur.
Action from the final round of the Big Ten Championships (April 26, 2015).
Purdue hosted the Boilermaker Invitational at the Kampen Course on April 18-19, 2015.
Rob Bradley enters his fifth year as the head men's golf coach at Purdue, resurrecting a program from the middle of the Big Ten pack to one of the top teams in the league in a short amount of time.
The Boilermakers have reached the NCAA Championships in three of his four years in charge, with the lone exception coming in 2015 -- a year Purdue was a No. 10 regional seed, but lost in a playoff to advance to nationals. Purdue and Illinois are the only Big Ten teams with more than one NCAA Championships appearance over the last five years. Last year, Purdue was 1-of-17 schools to advance to two straight NCAA Championships.
Bradley has turned around a program by tireless recruiting and an upgrade in talent. It's evidenced in the record books, as eight of the top-20 single-season individual stroke average totals have come in the last four years. In addition, four of the five lowest, 54-hole team scores in school history have come under Bradley, including a school-record 830 (-22) at the Windon Memorial Classic this year.
Lastly, there have been six instances in school history, in where Purdue was even or under par in every round of a 54-hole tournament. Five of them are under Bradley.
A year ago, Purdue produced the second-best stroke average (290.26) and the highest percentage of rounds under or even par (12-of-35) in school history. Three golfers finished in the top 15 of the single-season stroke average chart, with all three earning PING All-Midwest Region accolades.
The 2015-16 season was one of the most successful in school history, as the Boilermakers reached the NCAA Championships for the 28th time. Purdue won three events as a team, the most since 2011 and the fifth most in a season in school history. Purdue advanced to the NCAA Championships for the second time in three years and finished the season ranked No. 32, its highest final ranking since 2005 (31st).
The Boilermakers' 18-hole stroke average of 290.50 is the third lowest in school history.
Bradley had three players named to the PING All-Midwest Region team and three players ranked in the single-season top 13 stroke average list, led by Austin Eoff's 72.76 average. Four times during the year did a Purdue player win Big Ten Golfer of the Week honors and two players (Eoff, Brian Carlson) won individual medalist honors.
In his first year at Purdue, all Bradley did was lead the Boilermakers to their first NCAA Championship berth since 2005, the program's highest NCAA Regional finish since 2002 and matching Purdue's best Big Ten finish since 2007.
Purdue accomplished all that with just one senior and three freshmen in its top six golfers. Two Boilermakers (Austin Eoff, Adam Schenk) were named to the All-Big Ten team for the first time since 2007 and three golfers (Eoff, Schenk, Enzo Perez) were selected to the PING All-Midwest Region squad for the first time in school history.
Bradley, a former player of Devon Brouse's at North Carolina, was named Purdue head men's golf coach on July 10, 2013.
Bradley spent the 2012-13 season as an assistant coach at Alabama, where he helped guide the Crimson Tide to a national championship.
Prior to Alabama, Bradley enjoyed a successful three-year tenure as an assistant at the University of North Florida (2009-12), during which the Ospreys qualified for the NCAA Regional three times and advanced to the NCAA Championships twice, finishing 14th in 2011 and tied for 12th in 2012.
During his time at UNF, Bradley helped tutor two players who combined for three All-America honors. Sean Dale was a two-time All-American, earning second-team honors in 2010 and third-team accolades in 2012. Kevin Aylwin garnered honorable mention recognition in 2012.
"I am looking forward to coaching at a university with such high academic and athletic standards," Bradley said. "The Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex is a first-class facility that displays the university's commitment to both men's and women's golf. I am excited to begin working with this talented group of players as we begin to take Purdue men's golf to the next level."
Bradley was a four-year starter for Brouse at North Carolina before embarking on a professional career. During his time in Chapel Hill, he helped lead the Tar Heels to nine tournament victories, two ACC Championships, four NCAA Tournament appearances and a third-place finish at the 1993 NCAA Championships.
"Rob Bradley brings success and a reputation as a 'players coach' to the tradition of Purdue golf," Brouse said. "He is a tireless recruiter and has a record of success at the highest levels of college golf, both as a player and a coach. I know that our players will enjoy working with him."
Brouse remains the Director of Golf Operations and will enter his 16th year as Purdue's head women's golf coach. The Hall of Fame coach has guided the women's golf team to eight-straight top 10 finishes in the NCAA Championships, including the national title in 2010.
Bradley captured two medalist honors at UNC, including the 1995 Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate and the 1995 Cavalier Classic. He finished seventh individually at the 1993 NCAA Championships and was a two-time honorable mention All-American (1993 and 1996).
"We are excited to welcome Rob and Chastity and their family to Purdue," athletics director Morgan Burke said. "Rob's background, experience and knowledge are exactly what our men's program needs at this time. He has `been-there, done-that' as a collegiate and professional golfer and as a coach, and he knows what it takes to be a champion. I know he is eager to work with Devon, his college coach, and support him in the overall development of both teams as well as the golf complex."
The 2012 graduate of Excelsior College spent seven years as a full member of the Nationwide Tour (1997, 2000-04 and 2008) and was a two-time participant in the U.S. Open (1997 and 2003). He was a six-time finalist at the PGA's Q-School and won the 1999 Kentucky Open Championship. Bradley also claimed the 1995 New Jersey State Amateur Championship.
Bradley and his wife, Chastity, have a son, Cole, and a daughter, Wesley.