April 3, 2014
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- The Purdue men's golf team begins its stretch run this weekend at the 15-team 3M Augusta Invitational, being held Saturday and Sunday at the par-72, 7,028-yard Forest Hills Golf Club in Augusta, Ga.
Action begins Saturday morning with 36 holes and will wrap up Sunday with the final 18 holes. This is the second-to-last scheduled event of the season for the Boilermakers before the Big Ten Championships on May 2-4. The Boilermakers will host the Boilermaker Invitational on April 19-20.
The 42nd-ranked Boilermakers are part of an elite field that features 12 teams ranked in in the nation's top 46 as well as the No. 3-ranked Division II squad, USC-Aiken. The field consists of UCF (#7), Houston (#8), Illinois (#9), Virginia (#10), defending champion Texas (#19), New Mexico (#22), South Carolina (#23), Baylor (#27), Clemson (#28), Purdue (#42), Tennessee (#43), TCU (#46), Augusta State (#66) and Coastal Carolina (#95).
Purdue is 2-3-1 against teams in the field, falling to Baylor and New Mexico at the Lone Star Invitational and to Clemson at the USF Invitational, while defeating TCU and Coastal Carolina and tying Illinois.
Individually, 12 of the nation's top-52 ranked players, and 19 of the top 100, will be competing in the field.
Leading the Boilermakers is senior Adam Schenk, who is ranked 25th nationally and has moved into 17th in the most-recent Palmer Cup standings. Schenk has recorded 10 straight rounds at or under par and has finished tied for third, tied for second and tied for eighth in his last three events while totaling 29-under par combined in the three events. Schenk has five top-10 finishes this year and owns an average of 71.09 strokes per 18 holes.
Freshman Austin Eoff also continues to play well, following Schenk with a 72.35 stroke average. Eoff owns three top-10 finishes this year and after an early slump this spring, placed 26th at the Lone Star Invitational, his best placing of the spring season.
Sophomore Stuart Macdonald gets his first shot in the lineup this year after competing in a pair of tournaments as an individual. In six rounds this year, Macdonald is averaging 73.50 strokes per round and has finished tied for 27th and tied for 30th this year as an individual at the Windon Memorial in September and the Lone Star Invite two weeks ago.
Freshman Philippe Schweizer (73.70 average in 23 rounds) and junior Enzo Perez (73.74 average in 23 rounds) will round out the Boilermaker lineup. Schweizer placed 29th at the Lone Star Invite and has a top-10 finish under his belt at the Bridgestone Collegiate in late October, while Perez has been on fire as of late, finishing tied for 16th in the USF Invitational and tied for 24th at the Lone Star Invite.