WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. –The No. 23-ranked Purdue men’s golf team is staying in the Southeast before heading home, taking on a packed course at the Calusa Cup, hosted by Calusa Pines Golf Club in Naples, Fla.
The action begins Sunday at the challenging Calusa Pines Golf Club as just nine teams descend on one of Golf Digest’s Top 100 courses in the nation. Teams will play 18 holes over three consecutive days, beginning Sunday and ending Tuesday.
Seven of the nation’s top 23 teams will be on the field, and Purdue is 6-3-0 head-to-head against the other eight teams on the field (0-1-0 vs. Oklahoma; 0-1-0 against Georgia; 0-1-0 against Florida; 2-0-0 against Iowa; 4-0-0 against Marquette).
THE COURSE (Golfstat Rankings)
11 Georgia Tech
17 Wake Forest
LAST TIME OUT
After a month-long hiatus, Purdue returned to action at the Hootie in Bulls Bay, finishing 12and out of 16 teams. Herman Sekne led the Boilermakers with a 7and-place the finish at 6 under par 210, and Joe Weiller followed in 11and place at 5 under par 211. However, the Boilermakers had no other finisher berths in the top 70, suffering their worst finish of the season.
- Herman Sekne / Second year / Oslo, Norway
- Sekne continues to excel, earning his fourth Big Ten Golfer of the Week honor on Thursday — now tied for second most honors in league history.
- Has five top-20 finishes and four consecutive top-10 finishes.
- Leads the team with 79 birdies and 15 of his 18 rounds have been par or under par.
- Posted 12 consecutive rounds of par or better, the second longest streak in school history.
- In his last four tournaments (all in the top 10), Sekne is a cumulative 42 under par.
- Has eight rounds in the 60s, already the fourth most in school history in a single season.
- Ranked #27 nationally by Golfstat and #19 by Golfweek.
- Joe Weiller / Senior / Bloomington, Indiana
- Second on the team in stroke average (70.11) and round par or better (13).
- Had one tally score in all 18 innings this season.
- Only five double-bogeys or worse in 324 holes.
- Finished in the top-20 in all six events this season, including five top-12 finishes.
- Has the third-lowest career stroke average in school history (72.93).
- André Farraye / Junior / St. Augustine, Florida
- Has an average of 73.20 shots and a cumulative total of 18 over.
- Has six top-20 performances in 22 career events.
- Posted a 2-0-1 with a dominating pair of wins at the Big Ten Match Play Championships.
- Cole Bradley / Senior / West Lafayette, Indiana
- Has an average of 71.89 shots with a pair of top 10s.
- Leads the team with 205 pars.
- Became the eighth player in school history to amass more than 10,000 career hits.
- Has the fifth-best career stroke average in school history (73.30).
- Luc Pall / Sophomore / Carmel, Indiana
- Has an average of 73.47 strokes in five events, including three as an individual.
- T-22 completedn/a at Marquette Intercollegiate and T-40 at Hootie in Bulls Bay.
- Has six rounds (out of 15) of par or better.
Calusa Pines Golf Club, designed by Hurdzan/Fry, is located in Naples, Florida and is the site of the Calusa Cup. The scenic course is known for its beautiful views and stylistically varied holes. Consistently ranked among Florida’s top golf courses, Calusa Pines rewards experienced players who can be aggressive in their style of play and know when to take risks. The vast par 72 course stretches over 7,203 metres.
HISTORY OF THE CALUSA CUP
This is just the second Calusa Cup appearance for the Boilermakers, finishing eighth out of nine teams a year ago. The Boilermakers finished the event with a par 902 of 38 over (298-295-309), finishing two strokes behind Iowa. Herman Sekne led Purdue to 3-over by 219, while Joe Weiller and Cole Bradley followed at 6-over by 222. The winner shot 5-under by 211, while the winning team, Oklahoma, was 5-under by 859.
Sunday: Partly sunny, chance of showers, 82 degrees; West wind 5-15 MPH.
Monday: Scattered thunderstorms, 86 degrees; Wind SW 10-15 MPH.
Tuesday: Sun, 88 degrees; Wind SSE 15-25 MPH
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