April 20, 2008
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue men's golf team climbed three spots into a third place tie with Indiana in the Boilermaker Invitational. The Boilermakers shot a final round of 281 with an overall score of 854 (283-290-281) to finish 10-under par in the tournament.
The strong finish from the Boilermakers was not enough to earn championship honors as 38th-ranked Kent State won the event by 11 strokes with an overall score of 842 (284-285-273). No. 23 Michigan State finished second with team total of 853 (281-282-290).
Indiana's Jorge Campillo recorded a three-day total of 201, including the low round of the tournament with an opening round 63, to earn medalist honors. Kent State's John Hahn (70-68-67=205) finished second and Purdue's David Gersztein (67-75-65=207) was third.
Freshman David Gersztein had one of his best performances as a Boilermaker finishing third with a nine under-par 207. He had an impressive final round making nine birdies to shoot a 65. As for the veterans, Tom Oliver finished tied for eighth (71-72-70=213) and Michael Randle tied for 32nd (74-72-73=219).
The Boilermakers head to East Lansing on April 25 to begin play in the Big Ten Championships. Purdue must earn the conference's automatic bid by winning the event in order to qualify for the NCAA Regionals.