May 3, 2009
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- The Purdue men's golf team concluded play on Sunday with a cumulative score of 1179 (+43) at the 2009 Men's Big Ten Championships. The Boilermakers shot a tournament-low 283 (-1) on Saturday in round three. However, they struggled in round four shooting a 306 (+22). The score was good for a tie of eighth place.
The tournament, which Penn State hosted, was played at the Blue Course in State College, Pa. The course is a par-71, 7,150-yard venue.
Illinois, who came into the tournament ranked 15th, won their fourth consecutive tournament with a score of 1149 (+13). The Illini were coming off of a victory at the Boilermaker Invitational and will look to continue their strong play in the NCAA Championships. Indiana, who was the highest ranked team coming into the tournament at 10th, finished in third place with a score of 1167 (+31), five strokes behind Minnesota.
Maximo Kopp and Erich Johnston tied for 22nd and led the Boilers with cumulative scores of 296 (+12). The others weren't far behind. Nakarintra Ratanakul shot a 297 (+13) and William Sjaichudin shot a 298 (+14). Tyler Duncan had an up-and-down weekend for the Boilers. His first two rounds didn't qualify for the team's total, then in round three he shot a tournament-low 68 (-3). He finished in round four with a 77 (+6) to bring his cumulative score to 301 (+17)
Eric Chun of Northwestern won the individual title with a score of 283 (-1). Penn State's Kevin Foley, who won the Boilermaker Invitational, finished in second with a score of 284 (E). Jorge Campillo of Indiana came into the tournament ranked second in the country. He finished in a tie for sixth place with a score of 287 (+3).