Hong Named Big Ten Golfer of Week
Feb. 21, 2018

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue men’s golfer Jason Hong was named the Big Ten Men's Golfer of the Week after leading Purdue to a third-place finish at the Puerto Rico Classic that wrapped up Tuesday.

It marks the second straight week a Purdue golfer earned the league’s weekly accolade after Brian Carlson was named the recipient last week following the Big Ten Match Play Championship.

Hong, a freshman from Lidcombe, Australia, finished sixth at one of the most-competitive events in collegiate golf, firing a 1-under par 212 (69-73-70). He placed sixth behind the nation’s Nos. 1, 26, 46 and 76-ranked players in the country, posting just the fourth top-six finish by a Boilermaker in Purdue’s 20 all-time appearances. The field featured 16 players ranked in the nation’s top 100, including six players in the top 50.

He is the first Purdue freshman to win Big Ten Golfer of the Week accolades since Adam Schenk in April 2011.

He helped Purdue to a third-place finish, defeating top-35 programs Alabama (No. 1), Georgia Tech (7), Kentucky (20), Marquette (29) and North Carolina State (35). The Boilermakers posted just their third top-three finish in 20 all-time trips to Puerto Rico.

For the season, Hong ranks second on the team in scoring average at 73.88 strokes per round. He has recorded two top-10 finishes and three top-20 showings in six events this year. He has posted an even- or under-par round seven times in 18 rounds this year.

Hong and his teammates will head to the Desert Mountain Intercollegiate in Scottsdale, Arizona, on March 3 and 4.



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