March 21, 2013
Greenville, S.C. - The Purdue men's golf team will compete in the 44th Annual Furman Intercollegiate this weekend, March 22-24, at the par-72, 6,994-yard Furman University Golf Club.
This year's 21-team field includes the host Paladins, Akron, Charleston Southern, Chattanooga, Dartmouth, East Tennessee State, Francis Marion, Gardner-Webb, Georgia State, Iowa State, Marshall, North Florida, Presbyterian, Purdue, Samford, Temple, Troy, Virginia Tech, Western Carolina, Winthrop and Wofford.
The Furman University Golf Course was designed by Richard K. Webel of Long Island, N.Y., and Walter Cosby, superintendent of grounds and greens at the Greenbriar Hotel and Golf Resort. Since the late 1970s, the course has been the site of two outstanding college tournaments, the Furman Intercollegiate and the Lady Paladin Invitational. In addition, the course hosts a number of local and state tournaments.
Through the years, a number of familiar names have played the course and participated in the Furman Intercollegiate. Past winners include Curtis Strange, Jay Haas, Mark Calcavecchia, Billy Andrade, Matt Kuchar and Furman's own Brad Faxon. LPGA stars Betsy King, Beth Daniel, Sherri Turner and Dottie Pepper all played their collegiate golf on the course as members of the Furman women's golf team.
Three of the 21 teams are ranked among the top 50 teams in the nation and eight are among the top 100 teams in this week's GolfWeek/Sagarin Rankings, led by No. 15 North Florida. The Ospreys' Kevin Phelan in ranked No. 6 in the country and teammate MJ Maguire is ranked No. 35, while Iowa State's Scott Fernandez enters the week at No. 24.
Clemson captured its third consecutive Furman Intercollegiate title last March with a 54-hole tournament record score of 26-under par. Coastal Carolina's Sebastian Soderberg (-12) fired three straight 68's to claim individual medalist honors at 12-under.
The Boilermakers are coming off of a tie for second at the Mission Inn Spring Spectacular last weekend. Junior Adam Schenk posted a 218 (+2), giving him an eighth place finish and his third top-10 of the season.
Schenk leads the Boilers with a 73.79 scoring average in seven tournaments this season, including a runner-up finish at the Jack Nicklaus Invitational. Sophomore, Enzo Perez, looks to continue his good play after placing fourth this past weekend at the Mission Inn Spring Spectacular with a 215 (-1).
Live results from the Furman Intercollegiate will be available at golfstatresults.com