Feb. 28, 2014
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- The Purdue men's golf team faces more stiff competition this weekend as it heads to the USF Invitational to be played at the Lake Jovita Country Club in Dade City, Fla.
Action begins on Sunday and will conclude on Tuesday with 18 holes being played all three days. The tournament will be played on a challenging par-72, 7,153-yard South Course as part of Lake Jovita's 36-hole layout.
The Boilermakers, ranked No. 36 in the country according to Golfstat.com, will face 10 other teams ranked in the nation's top 90. Headlining the teams is Big Ten Conference member Illinois (No. 5) as well as Florida State (No. 19), Auburn (No. 24), USF (No. 28), Mercer (No. 39) and Memphis (No. 40). Other teams competing will be Ohio State (No. 64), UNC Greensboro (No. 69), Florida (No. 77), Cincinnati (No. 90), Charleston, Eastern Michigan, Air Force, Marquette, DePaul and Wisconsin.
Purdue enters the tournament with a 59-18-5 (.750) head-to-head record after finishing in a tie for sixth out of 15 teams at last weekend's Puerto Rico Classic. Head coach Rob Bradley will travel three freshmen, a junior and a senior this weekend.
Coming off his third-place finish and Big Ten Golfer of the Week accolade, Adam Schenk hopes to continue his strong senior season this weekend. Schenk leads the team in scoring average (71.82) and has recorded three top-five finishes in six events this season.
Freshman Austin Eoff owns three top-10 finishes and is second on the team in scoring average at 72.69 per round. Nine of his 17 rounds have been at or under par.
Freshman Philippe Schweizer owns a 74.06 stroke average and owns one top-10 finish this year. He owns four rounds of even par or better.
Bradley will close out the rotation with Fernando Barco, another freshman, and junior Enzo Perez. Barco compiled a 74.00 scoring average in his first competition of the season last weekend and Perez follows at 74.59 strokes per 18 holes.