March 25, 2014
SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- The No.38-ranked Purdue men's golf team was in the thick of the chase for the team title with six holes to play, but struggled down the stretch to finish in fourth place of the 15-team Lone Star Invitational at Briggs Ranch Golf Club on Tuesday afternoon.
The Boilermakers entered the day nine shots off the lead, but quickly climbed to within three shots of eventual champion and 20th-ranked New Mexico after about 10 holes of play. The Boilermakers' five scoring players then played the final six holes in a combined 15-over par to fall back into fourth place with a 54-hole total of 1-over par 865 (292-280-293) on the challenging par-72 layout.
New Mexico won the event with a 16-under par 848, while 25th-ranked Baylor was second at 10-under par 854 (283-290-281). Southeastern Louisiana was third at 1-under par 863 (288-285-290).
Purdue has finished in the top six of all eight tournaments played this year and own an 81-24-7 (.754) head-to-head record.
Senior Adam Schenk led the Boilermakers at 3-under par 213 (71-71-71), good for an eighth-place tie. His final round 71 marked the ninth straight time he has finished under par and the placing was his fifth top-10 finish in eight events this year.
Junior Enzo Perez continued his recent strong play by finishing in a 24th-place tie at 1-over par 217 (74-71-72). Perez has now finished in the top 25 in each of his last two tournaments.
Freshman Austin Eoff finished in a tie for 26th after carding a 6-over par 78 in his final round. Eoff recorded rounds of 72-68-78 and slipped to 26th after being in seventh after yesterday's initial 36 holes.
Freshman Philippe Schweizer finished in 29th place with a 3-over par 219 (75-70-74). Classmate Fernando Barco was 74th with rounds of 80-74-76=230 (+14).
Sophomore Stuart Macdonald competed as an individual, finishing in a tie for 30th after rounds of 70-74-76=220 (+4).
Purdue will be back in action April 5-6 at the Insperity Augusta State Invitational in Augusta, Ga.