May 18, 2011
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue men's golf team will begin its quest for a spot at the NCAA Championships on Thursday when it takes the course for the first of three rounds in the NCAA Arizona Regional.
The Boilermakers will be making the eighth NCAA Regional appearance in program history, and their first since the 2007-08 campaign. Purdue owns a pair of regional titles, having captured back-to-back trophies in 2001 and 2002.
Competitors will play 54 holes on the par-71, 7,199-yard Catalina Course at Omni Tucson National Golf Resort that had played host to more than 30 PGA Tour events and has been dubbed one of the top 75 golf resorts in North America by Golf Digest. This year's event also marks the University of Arizona's fifth turn hosting an NCAA Regional at Omni National.
Action is slated to get under way at 11 a.m. ET on Thursday and Friday, and move up to 10:30 a.m. ET on Saturday. The top five teams from each of the six regions, as well as the top individual on a non-advancing team from each site, advance to the NCAA Championships in Stillwater, Okla., from May 31-June 5.
Ranked 58th in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Ratings, Purdue is one of 10 top-75 programs that will be in action in Tucson this week. Top-seeded Texas A&M is ranked sixth in the nation, while No. 13 San Diego State, No. 15 Texas Tech, No. 19 California, No. 27 Liberty, No. 30 Washington, No. 36 Pepperdine, No. 46 Oregon State and No. 66 Arizona are also in this week's field.
The Boilers will be led by freshman Adam Schenk in the No. 1 position, while junior William Sjaichudin is set to play No. 2, senior Erich Johnston will play No. 3, sophomore Henry Plager will play No. 4 and junior Tyler Duncan will man the No. 5 position.
The Big Ten Freshman of the Year, Schenk leads Purdue and all Big Ten rookies in scoring with an average of 73.13 strokes per round on the season. He won two individual medals during the regular season, tied for 10th at the Big Ten Championships and has scored at par or better in more than 45 percent of his rounds on the year.
Sjaichudin ranks second on the Purdue roster with a 73.50 stroke average, while Johnston ranks third with a mark of 74.58. Plager owns a 76.00 stroke average on the campaign, and Duncan checks in at 75.17.
Live scoring for the NCAA Arizona Regional, and all NCAA Regional sites, is available by clicking here.