MU to Open Spring at Desert Mountain Intercollegiate
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.
SANCHEZ LEADS MU INTO SPRING SEASON
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).
MARQUETTE LOOKS TO `STAY THE COURSE'
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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