May 24, 2017
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Purdue Advances to the NCAA Championships
â€¢ For the second straight year, and the third time in the last four years, the Purdue men's golf team will play in college golf's pinnacle event, the NCAA National Championships, beginning Friday, May 26, at Rich Harvest Farms.
â€¢ The Boilermakers earned the NCAA's No. 26 seed, equaling its highest seed during the last four years. Purdue will be paired with Kennesaw State and Jacksonville in the first two rounds.
The Last Time Out at the NCAA Regionals
â€¢ Hosting the NCAA Regionals at the Kampen Course, Purdue advanced to nationals by placing fifth at 18-over par 882 (292-287-303), to finish three shots ahead of the cutline at 21-over par.
â€¢ Sophomore Jarle Volden posted his first career top-10 finish by shooting a 2-over par 218 (74-68-76), good for an eighth-place tie. Classmate Timmy Hildebrand finished T-17th at 6-over par 222 (71-73-78).
â€¢ Wednesday's final round featured wind gusts that howled to about 40 miles per hour and a scoring average of 76.49 (par 72). Holes 17 and 18, which played into the teeth of the wind, combined to average 1.58 strokes over par in the final round, and No. 17 yielded just five birdies all week.
Miscellaneous NCAA Notes
â€¢ Purdue advanced to its fourth straight NCAA Regional competition, tied for the second-longest streak in school history. Purdue made 19 straight NCAA appearances from 1949-67, for its longest streak.
â€¢ It has now also reached its second straight NCAA Championships for the first time since 2004 and 2005. Purdue hasn't made three straight NCAA Championship appearances since 1965 through 1967.
â€¢ Purdue's 29 appearances are the 19th most of any school in America. It's the second-most appearances in the Big Ten (Ohio State - 46) and second most for a school above 40-degree latitude (BYU - 30).
â€¢ Purdue will be 1-of-17 schools to be making its second straight (or more) NCAA Championship appearance.
â€¢ Since 1950, Purdue is the third-most northern team (40.4259 degrees North; 1961) to win a national championship. Minnesota (44.9778; 2002) and Oregon (44.0521; 2016) are the only schools north of Purdue to win a title in the last 67 years.
The Underdog Role Fits Nicely
â€¢ 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.
â€¢ Purdue is 1-of-3 Big Ten schools to reach the NCAA Championships as the Boilermakers will be joined by Illinois and Penn State.
â€¢ Since 2013, Illinois (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017), Purdue (2014, 2016, 2017) and Penn State (2017) are the only Big Ten programs to reach the national championships.
â€¢ Purdue placed third in the 2014 Regional played at Rich Harvest Farms at 30-over par 894 (309-288-297). The Boilermakers defeated strong programs in USC, California, Clemson, Kent State and UNLV to advance.
â€¢ Austin Eoff has estimated that he has played about 20 competitive rounds at Rich Harvest Farms during his career. He finished tied for 11th as a freshman at the 2014 regional (77-74-71).
â€¢ Purdue is 1-of-3 Big Ten schools to make regionals in each of the last four years (Illinois, Iowa).
â€¢ Purdue is currently ranked 32nd in the latest Golfweek national rankings. It's tied for the second-highest ranking for a Purdue squad since 2000 (31st in final 2005 rankings). Last year's team finished the year also ranked 32nd.
â€¢ Purdue's team stroke average of 289.28 is just 1.09 strokes behind the 2001-02 (288.19) team for the best average in school history.
â€¢ Purdue has had 12 team rounds of even-par or better, the second most in a season in school history. The school record is 13 set last year.