WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Purdue Sports) — After a one-year hiatus, the Purdue men’s golf team will be back in the NCAA Regional Golf Championship as it will travel to Sugar Grove, Ill., and Rich Harvest Farms for a chance to advance to the NCAA Championships.
Purdue last advanced to the NCAA Regionals in 2012 after also making it in 2011. However, this is just the third appearance since 2007 (2011, 2012, 2014).
“This is obviously very exciting for our team and players and we are thrilled to be selected to a venue close to home near Chicago. We went up and played Rich Harvest Farms a couple of weeks ago in hopes that we may be selected to this regional, so we were able to gain some familiarity with the course,” first-year head coach Rob Bradley said. “We know we have a lot of work to do and are coming off a couple of poor performances, but I think our guys are anxious and excited to prove themselves against a very strong field.”
The teams will play 54 holes and action will begin on Thursday, May 15 and conclude May 17. The 14 squads selected will be vying for five spots into the NCAA Championships to be contested the following weekend at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kansas.
The Boilers will be joined by California (#1 seed), Illinois (#2), USC (#3), UAB (#4), UNLV (#5), Clemson (#6), Kent State (#7), Purdue (#8), Mississippi State (#9), Cal State Fullerton (#10), New Mexico State (#11), Jacksonville State (#12), Cleveland State (#13) and Saint Peter’s (#14).
Purdue has seen five teams this season in the region (Cal, Illinois, Clemson, Kent State, Mississippi State), posting a 4-6-1 head-to-head record against the field.
Purdue is coming off a fifth-place finish at the Big Ten Championship, after leading through 45 holes played. The finish matched the program’s best since the 2007 season and capped off a regular-season that saw Purdue finish in the top half of every event played.
“We have a lot of positives to build on from this year and last weekend. We had early success and played great for two-and-a-half rounds over the weekend,” Bradley said. “We have a good idea of what we need to do and we will get back to work to improve those issues.”
Purdue is one of six Big Ten schools selected, joining Illinois, Iowa, Northwestern, Ohio State and Minnesota.
The Boilers are looking for their first NCAA Championships appearance since 2005.