April 18, 2014
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- The Purdue men's golf team tunes up for the Big Ten Championships with its final scheduled regular-season tournament of the season this weekend. Purdue hosts the Boilermaker Invitational on Saturday and Sunday at the Birck Boilermaker Complex's Kampen Course.
The 15 teams competing will play 36 holes on Saturday beginning with a shotgun start at 8:45 a.m., then conclude the tournament with 18 holes on Sunday, also beginning at 8:45 a.m.
The field includes 15 teams, nine of which ranked in the nation's top 100 according to Golfstat.com(.) Ranked teams competing include Illinois (9), UCLA (14), Kent State (32), Purdue (39), Iowa (41), Northwestern (49), Louisville (56), Ohio State (61) and Indiana (82). Other teams slated to compete are Toledo, Michigan State, Miami (Ohio), Drake, Northern Illinois and Wichita State.
Individually, 10 players ranked in the top 150 will be in the field, headlined by No. 24-ranked Jonathan Garrick of UCLA, 30th-ranked Adam Schenk of Purdue and a pair of Illinois competitors in Thomas Detry (41st) and Brian Campbell (44th).
Purdue carries a head-to-head record of 88-31-7 (.726) into the event and hasn't finished lower than seventh in any of its nine tournaments to date this year.
Leading the Boilermakers is Schenk, who owns a 71.12 stroke average this year in 26 competitive rounds. He has finished in the top 16 in six straight events, including four top-eight finishes during that span. He enters the weekend having been at or under par in 13 straight rounds dating back to October's Bridgestone Collegiate.
Freshman Austin Eoff follows with a 72.27 stroke average, also in 26 rounds. Eoff finished tied for 17th at the Augusta Invitational two weeks ago, his best finish of the spring, and he ranks second among Big Ten freshmen behind Minnesota's Jose Mendez, according to the Golfstat.com national rankings.
Junior Enzo Perez is next with a 73.58 average, but is playing his best golf as of late, finishing in the top 24 in each of the last three tournaments.
The Boilermakers' next action will be in the Big Ten Championships on May 2 - 4 at the French Lick Resort in French Lick, Ind.