Feb. 8, 2017
Live Scoring / Season Stats / Match Play Bracket
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The No. 33-ranked Purdue men's golf team begins its spring season this weekend, looking for a Big Ten title in the Big Ten Match Play Championship played at the Hammock Beach Resort's Conservatory Course in Palm Beach, Florida.
Eleven teams will play a tournament-type bracket with Purdue's quarterfinal match set to begin Friday morning. The Boilermakers will battle No. 50-ranked Penn State in the morning session, then be off Friday afternoon. The semifinals and consolation round will be Saturday morning, followed by the finals and consolation finals Saturday afternoon.
Purdue will play either Michigan State (#1 seed), Iowa or Indiana in Saturday morning's match, then either Northwestern, Ohio State, Rutgers, Michigan, Minnesota or Nebraska in Saturday afternoon's contest.
The Boilermakers placed third in the event last season with both Austin Eoff and Timmy Hildebrand posting identical 4-0-0 records. In the three years that Rob Bradley has been leading the Boilermakers, the team has finished second, sixth and third, respectively, at the event, posting a 7-3-1 overall record.
Eoff has played outstanding golf in the event, owning a 9-1-1 match-play record in three previous appearances. In addition to Hildebrand's 4-0-0 record, sophomore Jarle Volden is 1-1-2 after last year's event.
Purdue is among one of the favorites and will be pushed by Michigan State (30th), Northwestern (37th), Michigan (41st), Penn State (50th) and Ohio State (59th).
â€¢ Purdue has played one of its toughest schedules in recent memory, owning a 39-25-2 (.606) record through five fall events ... the schedule is ranked 35th nationally.
â€¢ Purdue owns head-to-head wins over top-10 ranked programs Illinois (2nd) and Baylor (8th) this year ... the Boilermakers defeated Illinois at the Tavistock Invitational and Baylor at the Olympia Fields / Fighting Illini Invitational ... the Boilermakers have also tied No. 5-ranked USC.
â€¢ With its next round played (stroke play), Purdue will likely have four players ranked in Purdue's single-season top-25 stroke average list ... Austin Eoff (72.14), Brian Carlson (72.71), Timmy Hildebrand (73.21) and Fernando Barco (73.64) all would currently rank in the list if they had enough rounds (min. 15 rounds).
â€¢ Seven of the best 14, 18-hole team scores in school history have come during the Rob Bradley era.
â€¢ Purdue's current 18-hole team stroke average of 289.79 would be the second-best average in program history (288.19 in 2001-02).
â€¢ Austin Eoff has finished in the top 20 in 24-of-45 career tournaments ... he also owns 15 top-10 finishes, the fourth most in school history.
â€¢ Timmy Hildebrand has finished T-17th and T-8th in his last two tournaments, both career-best finishes ... his 209 at the Bridgestone Golf Collegiate is tied for the 17th-best, 54-hole score in school history.