Boilermakers Face Challenging Field at Puerto Rico Classic
February 22, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
PURDUE SPORTS RELEASE
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. --The No. 38-ranked Purdue men's golf team will face its stiffest competition of the 2013-14 season this weekend as it hosts the Puerto Rico Classic at the Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa's River Course in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. The 54-hole tournament gets underway Sunday before concluding on Tuesday.
The tournament features 15 schools, all of which are ranked among the nation's top 108 teams according to Golfstat.com. Included in the field are five of the top 10 teams in the country and five more ranked between No. 11 and 43 nationally.
The nation's No. 1 team and defending national champion, Alabama, will be in the tournament field. This will be head coach Rob Bradley'sfirst appearance against his former school, where he was an assistant coach during the Crimson Tide's national championship season a year ago.
Also in the field will be Georgia Tech (#3), Georgia (#7), Virginia Tech (#9), Oklahoma (#10), SMU (#25), Northwestern (#33), Purdue (#38), Clemson (#42), North Carolina (#43), Missouri (#59), UNC Greensboro (#62), East Tennessee State (#66), North Carolina State (#93) and Michigan (#108).
Purdue carries a 52-13-3 head-to-head record into the tournament.
Individually, 29 of the top 150 ranked players will be competing, including 11 of the top 50 and six of the top 13 golfers in the country.
Freshman Austin Eoffcontinues to lead the Boilermakers and is coming off an outstanding performance in last weekend's Big Ten Match Play Championship. Eoff went 3-0-0 during the tournament and won or halved 37 of the 43 holes he played. In five tournaments during the fall, Eoff recorded three top-10 finishes and has eight under-par rounds out of 14 rounds played, while recording a stroke average of 72.21. Eoff is ranked 107th nationally and is 15th among all freshmen.
Senior Adam Schenkis having another fantastic campaign and is second on the team in stroke average at 72.57 strokes per round. Schenk has five par-or-better rounds and has four top-20 finishes in five competitive events.
Freshman Philippe Schweizercontinues to show his improvement, bettering his placement in every tournament he has played in. Schweizer, who went 3-0-0 in last week's Big Ten Match Play Championship, has finished 38th, 31st, 23rd, 22nd and 9th in successive tournaments during the fall season. He enters the weekend with a 74.07 stroke average.
Junior Enzo Perezfollows with a 74.64 stroke average and has a top-20 finish in the Crooked Stick Invitational, where he placed 17th.
Sophomore Stuart Macdonaldwill be competing in his second tournament of the year after placing 27th at the Windon Memorial (as an individual) with a five-over par 221.
Freshman Fernando Barco will make his first tournament appearance and playing in two matches at last weekend's Big Ten Match Play Championship.
Alabama is the three-time defending champion in the event, having won the tournament in 2011, 2012 and 2013. The 2010 champion, Texas, holds the tournament record at 42-under par (822), while Oklahoma State's Kevin Tway holds the individual record at 17-under par (199), also set in 2010.