Feb. 13, 2014
Big Ten Match Play Bracket
The Concession Golf Club
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- The Purdue men's golf team opens its spring competitive season this weekend as it travels to Bradenton, Fla., and The Concession Golf Club for the sixth annual Big Ten Match Play Championship held on Friday and Saturday.
All 12 Big Ten men's teams will compete with the top four squads receiving byes into Friday afternoon's quarterfinals. The semifinals will be contested on Saturday morning with the finals on Saturday afternoon. The Big Ten Network will broadcast the championship match via tape delay on Sunday, March 16, at a time to be determined.
The Boilermakers received the No. 2 seed based on their Golfstat ranking at the conclusion of the fall season. Purdue enters the weekend ranked 35th in the country and owners on a 50-12-3 (.792) head-to-head record. Purdue will take on the winner of seventh-seeded Minnesota and 10th-seeded Penn State.
Illinois, ranked No. 6 nationally, is the No. 1 seed, while Northwestern (37th nationally) is the No. 3 seed and Iowa (50th nationally) is the No. 4 seed. Ohio State, Indiana, Minnesota, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State, Wisconsin and Nebraska round out the 12 seeds.
Purdue is a combined 4-2-1 in head-to-head action against Big Ten competition.
Leading the Boilermakers are freshman Austin Eoff and senior Adam Schenk. The duo has combined for 13 under-par rounds (out of 28) and with stroke averages of 72.21 and 72.57, respectively. Out of 10 combined events played during the fall season, the duo combined for five top-10 finishes.
Freshman Philippe Schweizer is third in stroke average at 74.07. In every tournament he played during the fall, he improved his placing, finishing tied for 38th, tied for 31st, tied for 23rd, 22nd and ninth in the five fall tournaments.
Newcomer Fernando Barco will make the trip and compete in his first competitive action of his Purdue career this weekend.
Illinois won its first Big Ten Match Play Championship last year.
Purdue will host the Puerto Rico Classic in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, on Feb. 23-25.