COLUMBUS, Ohio (Purdue Sports) — The Purdue men’s golf team overcame a five-stroke deficit early in its third round and surged to the team title at the 47th Robert Kepler Intercollegiate hosted by Ohio State University at the OSU Golf Club’s Scarlet Course.
The Boilermakers tallied a 54-hole total of 3-under par 849, cutting 10 strokes off their score each round (293-283-273). Purdue edged No. 13-ranked Illinois by six shots, overcoming the Illini’s five-stroke lead entering the final round. Penn State finished third (+16), Ohio State (+17) was fourth and No. 25-ranked Kent State was fifth (+21).
Individually, Jarle Volden earned his first career medalist honors with a 54-hole score of 9-under par 204. Timmy Hildebrand finished fifth at even-par 213, while Brian Carlson and Cole Bradley tied for 11th at 3-over par 216. Jason Hong was tied for 75th at 19-over par 232.
“I’m really proud of the guys and it’s obviously great to get a team win. The Scarlet Course is very challenging and is great preparation for next week’s Big Ten Championships. We did a lot of things really well this week, but we still know we have a lot to work on. Jarle (Volden) put together an amazing performance this week. He is a great player and this win is something we knew was coming. He has a lot of offense and he is starting to figure it out.”
THE KEY MOMENT
Purdue trailed by five shots and was in third place entering the third round, looking to chase down the 13th-ranked Illini. The Boilermakers played the first four holes in 4-under par combined, while the Illini played the first four holes in 5-over par to quickly erase the margin. Michigan State, which was in second place and finished seventh, played the first four holes in 7-over par. Purdue would then slowly expand its lead until settling for a six-shot victory.
STAT OF THE DAY
Hard to pick just one, but let’s go with this one – Jarle Volden set a tournament record with a 9-under par 204 (70-68-66) and a six-shot victory. This was the 47th year of the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate.
• The win was Purdue’s 79th team title in school history and the fifth of the Rob Bradley era and second this year (Big Ten Match Play Championships).
• This is Purdue’s first team title in 39 appearances at the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate. The Boilermakers had finished in the top three just five times in 38 previous appearances.
• Purdue’s team total of 849 was one shot off the tournament record set by Georgia Tech in 2015. Purdue’s 849 tied for the seventh-best, 54-hole score in school history.
• Purdue’s third-round total of 273 was the fifth-best, 18-hole score in school history, and fourth-lowest score in relation to par (-11).
• Purdue now has 10 team rounds of even-par or better, the fourth most in a season in school history. Purdue has been at even or under-par in seven of 14 team rounds this spring.
• Purdue heads into the Big Ten Championships with a 60-11-3 (.831) head-to-head record during the spring season.
• Jarle Volden’s total of 204 is the fourth-best, 54-hole score in school history. Volden has finished in the top 25 in four of five events this spring.
• Timmy Hildebrand has posted back-to-back top-10 finishes after a fifth-place showing in Columbus. Hildebrand now has seven career top-10 finishes in 24 career events.
• Brian Carlson finished tied for 11th at 3-over par 216. His eight top-20 finishes this season are the eighth most in a season in school history. He recorded his seventh round in the 60s with a final-round 69 marked his seventh round in the 60s, the third most in a season in school history.
• Cole Bradley’s 11th-place finish was a career-best finish, surpassing the 13th-place showing at the season-opening Gopher Invitational.
• Purdue has now posted 38 top-five finishes during the Rob Bradley era (five seasons) in 65 events. Purdue had 37 top-five finishes in the previous eight seasons.
Purdue heads to Baltimore in search of its second Big Ten Championship of the spring with the Big Ten Championships next Friday through Sunday at the Baltimore Country Club. Purdue was the co-champion of the Big Ten Match Play Championship in February.