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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue men’s golf team will wrap its regular season this weekend at the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate at the Ohio State University Golf Club’s Scarlet Course.

The Boilermakers were originally planning to have the weekend off, but asked Ohio State and petitioned the NCAA to allow them into the field. To be able to compete this weekend, Purdue needed enough open dates, which it had due to last week’s final-round washout at the Boilermaker Invitational.

Action will begin with tee times off hole Nos. 1 and 10, beginning Saturday at 7:40 a.m. ET. The 16 teams in the field will play 36 holes Saturday before Sunday’s final round.

TEAMS COMPETING (Golfstat rankings)
Illinois (13), Kent State (25), Penn State (40), PURDUE (42), Michigan State (57), Miami, Ohio (74), Iowa (76), Ohio State (81), Wisconsin (89), Ball State (134), Rutgers (139), Bowling Green (147), Northern Illinois (154), Francis Marion (168), Xavier (238), Colgate (270).

This week will be another Big Ten Championships preview as eight league squads will be in the field. Purdue currently owns a 16-7-2 head-to-head record against conference opponents, having faced off previously against 12 of the league opponents. The Boilermakers will see Rutgers, and first-year assistant coach Austin Eoff, for the first time this weekend.

ABOUT THE COURSE
The Scarlet Course at the Ohio State Golf Club will host a 2018 NCAA Regional, playing par 71 at 7,455 yards. Last year’s team winner, Illinois, finished 12-over par while the individual champ, Illinois’ Dylan Meyer, finished 2-under par to win by five shots. The course has hosted several events, including the Web.com Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship.

QUOTABLE
"This is another chance to for us to get ready for the Big Ten Championships at a course that will host an NCAA Regional in mid-May. I like where our team is at, but we need to tighten some things up as we get ready for the postseason. This is a good field and will be good preparation for next week in Baltimore.”

AT THE ROBERT KEPLER
This marks Purdue’s 39th appearance in the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate, but its first appearance since 2008. Purdue has never won the event, finishing in the top three just five times (2002 – 3rd; 1981 – 2nd; 1972 – 3rd; 1971 – 3rd; 1969 – 2nd).

NOTING THE BOILERMAKERS
• Purdue has had a strong spring season, posting a 45-11-3 head-to-head record and placings of first (tie), third, second (tie), sixth and fourth (tie). Purdue’s 18-hole spring average of 289.45 is over three strokes per round better than its fall average (292.73).
• Purdue's 18-hole team average of 291.35 ranks as the fourth-lowest stroke average in school history. Of Purdue's 26 team rounds this year, eight of them have been at even or under-par, including three of the last four and five of 11 rounds this spring.
• Purdue’s eight team rounds of even or under par are the seventh most in school history. Its 30.8 percentage (8 of 26) of rounds of even or under par is the third-best percentage in school history.
• Senior All-America candidate Brian Carlson has had an outstanding season. Consider the following:
-- His 71.65 stroke average is the second-best average in school history.
-- Owns seven top-20 finishes in nine events this year.
-- He has three straight top-5 finishes.
-- Nine of his 11 rounds this spring are even or under par, posting a cumulative score of 13-under par and a spring stroke average of 70.55.
-- His 16 rounds or even par or better are already the fifth most in school history and 61.5 percent of his rounds this year (16 of 26) have been even or under par, the second-best percentage in school history.
-- His six rounds in the 60s are the sixth most in school history.
-- Owns 13 career top-10 finishes, the sixth most in school history and his career stroke average of 73.35 is the second-best average in school history.

• Freshmen Jason Hong, Cole Bradley and Joe Weiler are the third-, fifth- and sixth-ranked freshmen in the Big Ten Conference. Hong's 74.23 stroke average is the sixth best by a freshman in school history, Weiler's 74.58 average is the 10-best average and Bradley’s 74.62 average ranks 11th.
• Junior Jarle Volden has also had a strong spring season, averaging 72.91 strokes per round, down from 75.56 during the fall season. Volden has recorded top-30 finishes in all four spring events, including a 12th-place showing at last week’s Boilermaker Invitational. He has five rounds of even-par or better during the 11 spring rounds.
 

 

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