Purdue Remains 9th at NCAA Regionals
May 15, 2018

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KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Looking to make a move in round two, the Purdue men’s golf team couldn’t capitalize and remains ninth after 36 holes at the NCAA Regionals at the Reunion Resort in Kissimmee, Florida.

The Boilermakers shot a 3-under par 285 to remain in ninth place and sits eight shots off the fifth-place cutline to advance to nationals entering Wednesday’s final round. Purdue is currently at 3-under par 573 (288-285), eight shots behind Vanderbilt, North Carolina and Colorado State at 11-under par. Arizona is eighth at 5-under par 571.

Florida (-25), UCF (-20), Kent State (-16) and South Florida (-13) occupy the top four positions.

Jarle Volden continues to lead Purdue at 2-under par 142 (69-73), good for 18th place after 36 holes. Jason Hong (73-70=143) and Brian Carlson (71-72=143) are tied for 23rd while Cole Bradley moved up 14 spots to 42nd at 1-over par 145 (75-70=145). Timmy Hildebrand is tied for 65th at 7-over par 151 (75-76=151).

Purdue will be paired with Arizona and North Carolina in Wednesday’s final round, teeing off hole Nos. 8 through 11 in a shotgun start.

BRADLEY QUOTABLE
“We got off to a great start today, but we just couldn’t keep it going in the middle part of the round. I thought Jason (Hong) and Cole (Bradley) played really well but we just needed one more score to move the needle. We know what it is going to take tomorrow and there are good scores to be had out here. We just need all five guys to put it together for one round to make a push and see if we can do something special in the final round and put some pressure on the final spots.”

THE FRESHMEN SHOW PROMISE
Jason Hong and Cole Bradley had mixed results on day one of the NCAA Regionals, but showed their talent in Tuesday’s second round. The duo each shot a 2-under par 70, becoming the first Purdue freshman duo to shoot 70 or better in NCAA action in school history. It has only been accomplished six other times by anyone in school history. One day after making zero birdies, Bradley came out and birdied his first two holes and en route to a team-best six birdies in the second round. Hong, meanwhile, ranks third in the field with 27 pars, showcasing his steady play that he has had all season long.

MIDDLE OF THE ROUND BLUES
Purdue started round two on fire as the five players made eight birdies (and two pars) on the first two holes of the day. But then, much like round one, the birdie well went dry and Purdue made just one more (on hole No. 3 by Timmy Hildebrand) on the remainder of the front line. Purdue played holes three through nine in 9-over par ending any momentum the Boilermakers had after the first two holes.

BOILER NOTABLES
Brian Carlson birdied the last hole of the day to move to even-par on his round, his 20th round of par or better this year, and 51st career round of even-par or better … the 20 rounds of even par or better is the second most in school history.
Jason Hong now has 11 rounds of even-par or better this year, while Cole Bradley has seven.
• As a team, Purdue now has 12 rounds of even-par or better, the second most in a season in school history and one off the school record of 13 set in 2015-16 … Purdue has posted an even-par or better score in 35.3 percent of its rounds this year, the highest percentage in school history.
 

 

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