Purdue in Hunt at NCAA Regionals
May 14, 2018

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KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Despite a frustrating day on the links, the Purdue men's golf team remains in the hunt after 18 holes at the NCAA Regionals held at the Reunion Resort in Kissimmee, Florida.

The Boilermakers totaled an even-par 288 to sit 12 shots behind co-leaders Florida and UCF and are just five shots out of fifth place shared by Vanderbilt and North Carolina. Purdue is tied for ninth after the opening 18 holes.

Jarle Volden led the Boilermakers with a 3-under par 69 to sit in a ninth-place tie after 18 holes. Brian Carlson is tied for 21st at 1-under par 71. Jason Hong is tied for 41st at 1-over par 73 while Cole Bradley and Timmy Hildebrand are tied for 56th at 3-over par 75.

Purdue will be paired with Jacksonville State (8th; -2) and Arizona (7th; -4) for Tuesday's second round, teeing off hole No. 1 at 8:25 a.m. ET.

"It was a disappointing day, but we should be very thankful to be only five shots off the cut line. We left a lot of shots out there on the course today and we really struggled with our putting and distance control. We left ourselves a lot of tough putts and it cost us. We just need to play better, but the good thing is there are birdies out there to be made. I know we will bounce back tomorrow and give ourselves a chance on Wednesday."

Purdue had played just two shots on the day, both by Cole Bradley, when a heavy rain cell moved over the area and dumped a quick half-inch of rain in about 25 minutes, causing play to be postponed for an hour and 10 minutes. The rain continued to fall, albeit lighter, for the remainder of Purdue's front nine, before ending as the Boilermakers were making the turn. The forecast calls for much of the same over the next two days.

Jarle Volden fired a 3-under par 69 to sit in ninth place after day one, just two shots off the lead. It shouldn't come as any surprise as the junior from Oslo, Norway, has finished his previous two NCAA Regional appearances in T-27th and T-8th. As a freshman at Karsten Creek, he was in the top 10 after 18 and 36 holes, before fading in the third round. Last year's T-8 finish at the Kampen Course was his first career top-10 finish. He became the sixth player in school history with two rounds in the 60s during NCAA play (Rick Dalpos, Lee Williamson, Chris Mayson, Shiv Kapur, Bobby Bennett, Jarle Volden). No player has ever had three NCAA rounds in the 60s.

Two months ago, Brian Carlson was on his way to medalist honors at the Desert Mountain Intercollegiate when an approach shot to a green went slightly off course, hit a sprinkler head on the edge of the green and bounced out of bounds. In Monday's first round on the par-3 15th hole, the same fate happened. He hit a shot to the left side of the green that hit a sprinkler head, bounced over a hill into weeds about 20 yards over the green, leaving him with a blind second shot and a third shot from a bunker en route to a double bogey.

• Volden recorded his 12th round (27 rounds) of even-par or better with his 69 ... it marked his sixth round this year in the 60s, four of which have come in the last seven rounds.
• Carlson's 71 gives him 19 rounds this year of even-par or better, tied for the second most with Adam Schenk (2013-14) in school history. The school record is 24 set by Lee Williamson in 2001-02 ... Carlson has had a counting score in 15 straight rounds.
• As a team, Purdue posted its 11th round of even-par or better with an even-par 288. The 11 rounds are the fourth most in a season in school history, just two shy of the school-record 13 set during the 2015-16 season.
• Purdue ranked second in the field in pars made (63), but was last in birdies made (11).



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