Puerto Rico Awaits Purdue MGOLF
Feb. 16, 2018

Live Scoring / Season Stats / Puerto Rico Classic History

Feb. 18-20, 2018 / Rio Mar Beach Resort, Ocean Course / Rio Grande, Puerto Rico
TEAMS: Alabama (1), Georgia Tech (3), Oklahoma (9), Clemson (17), Kentucky (18), Marquette (33), North Carolina State (37), Northwestern (44), Purdue (52), Middle Tennessee (73), Virginia Tech (76), Maryland (77), East Carolina (79), Georgia (93), UNC Greensboro (116)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- One week after winning the Big Ten Match Play Championship, the Purdue men's golf team looks to keep its forward momentum surging at the ultra-competitive Puerto Rico Classic.

Action begins Sunday and concludes Tuesday with 18 holes each day at the Rio Mar Resort's Ocean Course in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.

The field is consistently ranked as one of the best in college golf and this year is no different. The field features four teams that reached last year's NCAA Championships, including defending national champion Oklahoma. Top-20 teams Alabama (1), Georgia Tech (3), Clemson (17) and Kentucky (18) will also compete this weekend.

In all, nine of the nation's top 52 teams, including Purdue, will be among this week's competitors.

"Obviously, this is one of the top collegiate tournaments of the spring season and we are happy to be a part of it," head coach Rob Bradley said. "There are many great teams here and we are excited to see where we stand and if we can keep the momentum from last weekend going. This will be a really good test for us."

This will be Purdue's 20th appearance in the Puerto Rico Classic all-time, owning a pair of top-three finishes. The tournament has featured such PGA Tour stars as Rickie Fowler, Brian Harman, Matt Kuchar, Justin Leonard and Bubba Watson during its 26-year run in Puerto Rico.

Timmy Hildebrand tied for the second-best finish ever by a Purdue golfer in the event last year, finished tied for third at 5-under par 211. Adam Schenk posted a top-three finish in 2014, while Lee Williamson was second in 2002.

Brian Carlson leads Purdue this year, winning Big Ten Golfer of the Week honors on Wednesday after posting a 4-0-0 record at No. 1 last weekend. He leads the team in stroke average (72.47) and has three top-20 finishes in five fall events this year.

Jason Hong, Cole Bradley and Jarle Volden will join Carlson in the lineup. The fifth spot will be between Joe Weiler, Thomas Lewis and Hildebrand.

Live scoring will be provided by Golfstat.com.



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