WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI/Purdue Sports) – It’s a big weekend for Purdue athletics in West Lafayette. The Purdue golf team hosts the Boilermaker Invitational on Saturday and Sunday at the Birck Boilermaker Complex’s Kampen Course.
It’s the last tune-up before the Boilermakers head to French Lick, Ind. for the Big Ten Championships beginning on May 2.
The field includes 15 teams, nine of which are ranked in the nation’s top 100 according to Golfstat.com. Illinois, UCLA, and Kent State are the only three teams ahead of Purdue in those rankings.
The Boilermakers enter their home tournament 39th in the country, and are headlined by senior Adam Schenk, the No. 30 player in college golf.
With only one player in the tournament ranked ahead of Schenk (UCLA’s Jonathan Garrick, No. 24), and playing on his home course he might be the odds on favorite to win this weekend.
Schenk 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.
Freshman Philippe Schweizer (73.96 / 26 rounds) and sophomore Stuart Macdonald (73.67 / 9 rounds) will round out Purdue’s scoring team.
In addition, Fernando Barco (75.00 / 9 rounds), Sam Fu (76.00 / 5 rounds) and Justin Cho (76.33 / 9 rounds) will compete as individuals.
The tournament kicks off Saturday morning via shotgun start at 8:45 a.m.