Purdue Ready for NCAA Regionals
May 11, 2018

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue men's golf team heads to the Sunshine State for the NCAA Regional Championships in search of its third straight NCAA Championships appearance. The top-five teams from the Kissimmee Regional will advance to Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Oklahoma, on May 25-30, for the NCAA Championships.

Purdue was awarded the No. 7 seed for the second straight year and will head to Florida for the fifth time this season.

Purdue is one of five Big Ten teams to make the field and is the third-highest seeded Big Ten team. The other four Big Ten teams are in the Columbus, Ohio, regional.

BRADLEY QUOTABLE
"We are obviously excited to get to regionals and see what we can do. This is what you play all season for. We have had a good couple weeks of practice and I like our mindset heading down there. There are obviously very good teams in the field, so we are going to have to play well to advance, but I am confident we can do that."

THE COURSE
One of three courses at the Reunion Resort outside Orlando, the Watson Course will play at par 72, measuring 7, 154 yards. Known for its fast and firm fairways, the course was named America's 10th-best new resort course when opened in 2005, and continually ranks among the top resort courses in America. An oddity for a Florida course, the Watson course features very little water and relies on contours and strategically-placed bunkers to show its teeth.

THE FIELD (Seed order; national ranking in parentheses)
Vanderbilt (5), Florida (8), North Carolina (17), South Florida (20), Kent State (29), Arizona (32), PURDUE (41), Colorado State (44), Saint Mary's (53), UCF (57), Coastal Carolina (86), Jacksonville State (142), Georgetown (159), Central Connecticut State (224).

Purdue owns a 5-9-0 head-to-head record against the teams in the field. The Boilermakers are 0-5-0 against the top-four seeds, but have beaten No. 5 seed Kent State (1-2-0) in head-to-head fashion. The Boilermakers are 4-1-0 against teams seeded below them.

MAKING HISTORY AT NCAAs
• Purdue has advanced to its fifth straight NCAA Regional competition, the second-longest streak in school history. Purdue made 19 straight NCAA appearances from 1949-67, for its longest streak.
• Head coach Rob Bradley has taken Purdue to NCAA Regionals in all five years since his arrival before the 2013-14 season. Prior to his arrival, Purdue had five appearances in the previous nine seasons.

THE UNDERDOG ROLE
• Over the last four years, Purdue has exceeded their seeding expectations at NCAA Regionals advancing to the NCAA Championships three times and losing in a playoff in the process.
• 2014 (Rich Harvest Farms; Sugar Grove, Ill.) -- Seeded 8th; Finished 3rd
• 2015 (Rawls Course; Lubbock, Texas) -- Seeded 10th; Finished T-5th
• 2016 (Karsten Course; Stillwater, Okla.) -- Seeded 6th; Finished 5th
• 2017 (Kampen Course; West Lafayette, Ind.) -- Seeded 7th; Finished 5th
• 2018 (Reunion Resort; Kissimmee, Fla.) -- Seeded 7th

BOILERMAKER NOTES...
• Purdue and Illinois are the only two Big Ten teams to make regionals each of the last five years.
• Purdue's team stroke average of 290.50 is the third-best 18-hole stroke average in school history.
• Purdue has had 10 team rounds of even-par or better, the fourth most in a season in school history. The school record is 13 set during 2015-16.
• Purdue has advanced to 29 national championships, the 19th most in NCAA history. Among schools north of the 40-degree latitude line, only BYU (30) has more championship appearances.
• Purdue posted a 34-31-1 record during the fall season, but improved to 66-18-3 during the spring. The Boilermakers improved 20 spots from its fall ranking of 61st to 41st.
• Purdue's fall stroke average was 292.73, while its spring average is 288.53. Purdue has knocked over four strokes off its stroke average from the fall and posted a combined 57-over par this spring in six events. The Boilermakers were 83-over par during the fall season (five events).

PURDUE'S LINEUP
Brian Carlson ... unanimous first-team All-Big Ten ... was ranked No. 142 after the fall season -- now ranked No. 48 ... owns the second-best stroke average in school history (71.66) ... has finished no lower than 12th in six spring events ... his next top-20 finish will tie Lee Williamson (2001-02) for the most in school history and his 18 rounds of even-par or lower are the third most in school history ... has posted the team's low round in 21 of 32 rounds this year.
Jarle Volden ... has shown dramatic improvement this spring, cutting almost four strokes off his fall average (75.56 to 72.00) ... won first career tournament at the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate, posting a tournament-record score of 9-under par 204 ... has been even- or under-par in five of his last eight rounds and in nine of 17 spring rounds ... has played well at two previous NCAA Regionals (T-27 at Stillwater in 2016, but was in top 10 before the final round; T-8 last year at the Kampen Course).
Timmy Hildebrand ... has worked his way back into the lineup, posting back-to-back top-10 showings earlier this spring ... owns the ninth-best career stroke average in school history (73.72) ... five of his 14 rounds this spring have been even- or under-par ... was named a PING All-Region honoree last year.
Jason Hong ... has had a strong freshman season, posting two top-10 and four top-20 showings ... named Big Ten Golfer of the Week on Feb. 21, after finishing sixth at the elite Puerto Rico Classic ... owns the seventh-best stroke average by a Purdue freshman in school history (74.41).
Cole Bradley ... another outstanding freshman, his 74.50 stroke average is the ninth lowest by a freshman in school history ... posted back-to-back top-20 showings at the Boilermaker and Robert Kepler Intercollegiate ... plays for his father, Rob ... started playing golf as a freshman in high school.
 

 

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