MU to Open Spring at Desert Mountain Intercollegiate

Brandon Cloete is one of three MU golfers ranked in the BIG EAST Top-10 in scoring.
March 4, 2015

MILWAUKEE - Following a 17-week break from competition, the Marquette University men's golf team returns to action March 6-7 at the Desert Mountain Intercollegiate, hosted by the University of Michigan, in Scottsdale, Arizona.

For the Golden Eagles, the Desert Mountain Intercollegiate begins a 10-day competition and training stretch for the team in Arizona, coinciding with Marquette's spring break. It also begins Marquette's push to the 2015 BIG EAST Championship, set for April 26-28 at Callawassie Island, South Carolina.

Live Scoring | Outlaw Course

Course: Outlaw
Par: 72
Distance: 7,107 yards (Bear tees)
Format: 54 holes; Friday - 36 holes (beginning 9 a.m. CST); Saturday - 18 holes (beginning 9:30 a.m. CST)
Field (12 teams): Florida, Georgetown, Marquette, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oregon, Purdue, Saint Mary's, San Francisco, St. John's, Toledo; Nine Individuals will compete.
Layout: The two-day, 54-hole Desert Mountain Intercollegiate will be played at the Outlaw Course, a Jack Nicklaus-designed layout. Opened in 2003, the course features a Scottish links-style design placed as part of the desert landscape.

Marquette Lineup: Pat Sanchez, Nick Nelson, CJ Swift, Trevor Thomas, Brandon Cloete;Zach Gaugert(individual)




Marquette's low-scorer heading into the spring season is Pat Sanchez, with a team-best 73.39 scoring average (+1.72 vs. Par), good for third in the BIG EAST. Through 18 rounds of play, Sanchez has posted his finest campaign, with three sub-70 rounds, and eight rounds at Par or better. Sanchez was named BIG EAST Golfer of the Month for September, collecting an average of 72.33 in three tournaments.

Perhaps the biggest moments of Sanchez's season have been away from MU, as he was selected to compete in the inaugural Latin America Amateur Championships in January, with the winner earning an automatic berth in the 2015 Masters Tournament. Sanchez made the cut by shooting 1-under in his second round, and finished the tournament in 57th place (out of 109).

An All-BIG EAST selection each season at MU, Sanchez has shaved more than two strokes off his scoring average since his freshman season (75.75).


Beginning this weekend, MU looks to resume one of its best starts to a season. The Golden Eagles finished the 2014 calendar year with a national ranking of 71 (Golfstat), and enter the weekend's competition ranked 77th (Golfstat) and 78th (Golfweek). In all cases, Marquette is the highest-ranked BIG EAST squad. Against all competing schools through November's Wendy's Kiawah Classic, Marquette has a 49-29-1 record and a team scoring average of 294.89.


One factor in MU's success has been consistent scoring throughout the lineup - Marquette is the only BIG EAST school to feature six players in the league's top-17 in scoring - no other team has more than three players within that group. The Golden Eagles have three players in the BIG EAST's top-10 in scoring - Sanchez, Nick Nelson (7th - 74.06) and Brandon Cloete (9th - 74.07).

MU finished the fall season ranked 14th in the nation with 240 birdies over 18 rounds, and starts the spring T-18 nationally with 10 eagles.


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