March 20, 2007
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. - The Purdue men's golf team currently sits atop the field after the first day of action at the Western Intercollegiate in Santa Cruz, Calif. The Boilermakers shot an opening round 279 in the morning and a second round 283 in the afternoon, for a 562 total and a two shot lead.
Long Beach State sits in second place with a total score of 564 and Fresno State will start the final round in third place with a score of 566. Big Ten conference foe Illinois struggled on the first day, shooting a 585 and currently sits 14th out of 18 teams.
Purdue was lead by current Big Ten Golfer of the Week Pariya Junhasavasdikul. The senior fired an opening round 66 followed by a 68 in the afternoon, putting him at -6 and in 2nd place. Fellow senior Peter Richardson was solid as well, shooting 68-73 and finishing day one tied for 11th at +1.
Sophomore Tom Oliver is currently tied for 24th after posting a 71 in the morning and 72 in the afternoon. Senior Bobby Bennett shot a 74 in the first round to go with a 70 in the second to put him into a tie for 29th. Freshman Ryan Thomas rounded out the Boilermaker lineup with a 74-76 to position him tied for 62nd heading into the final round.
Purdue freshman Vince Nadeau is playing as an individual, but posting solid scores nonetheless. He's currently tied with teammate Peter Richardson and four others for 11th, after posting a 70 in the morning and a 71 in the afternoon.
Long Beach State's Brett Lederer paces the field, however. He leads Purdue's Junhasavasdikul by one shot after firing an opening round 67 and a second round 66 to put him at -7 for the tournament. Xavier's John Streibich remains in striking distance with a score of -4. He posted a 67 in the morning and a 69 in the afternoon to put him in third place individually.
The Purdue golf team will try to hold off these competitors and more today at the par-70 Pasatiempo Golf Course in Santa Cruz, Calif. Final round action begins this morning.