Pat Sanchez finished eighth at last year's El Macero Classic.
April 13, 2016
Marquette will have its final tune-up for the BIG EAST Championships this weekend, as the Golden Eagles travel west to the El Macero Classic, hosted by UC Davis at the El Macero C.C. Friday-Sunday (April 15-17).
This will be MU’s third trip in three years to the par 72, 6,912-yard El Macero C.C. Following the El Macero Classic, Marquette has 13 days away from competition before beginning defense of its BIG EAST championship at South Carolina's Callawassie Island Club.
“Callawassie Island is very similar to El Macero Country Club,” coach Steve Bailey said. “It’s a three-day event, it’s a similar course with fast greens. The layouts are similar in that they’re not long, but you have to keep it in play off the tees. It was good preparation for us to be there last year, and obviously we saw the results. We saw some good progress in Indiana and we’ll continue to work towards where we want to be.”
Field: Air Force, Boise State, Fairleigh Dickinson, Fresno State, George Washington, Marquette, Nevada, Northern Colorado, Oregon State, Sacramento State, Seattle, TCU, Texas Tech, UC Davis, UC Riverside.
Tee Times (subject to change): Friday - 9:25-9:30 a.m. CT (tees No. 1, No. 10); Saturday - Noon CT (No. 1); Sunday - 8:56-9 a.m. (No. 1, No. 10).
Marquette Lineup: Nick Nelson, Oliver Farrell, Charlie Maleki, CJ Swift, Zach Gaugert; Individuals - Austin Kendziorski, Pat Sanchez.
LAST YEAR AT EL MACERO
- Pat Sanchez posted an eighth-place, 3-over-par 219 (72-76-71) to lead the Golden Eagles in their second-place finish (281-296-298–875).
- Marquette’s opening round 281 was the team’s lowest single round score in 2014-15.
- Nick Nelson posted his second spring event total at par or better, finishing with an even-par 144 in the weather-shortened Hoosier Collegiate last week. It was the fourth time in 2015-16 that Nelson went par or better in an event.
- Nelson’s spring has been marked by consistent play - he’s scored 73 or better in six of his eight rounds, including three at par or better.
- He and Oliver Farrell enter the weekend in the BIG EAST’s top four in scoring average - Farrell is third at 72.85, while Nelson’s 73.13 is fourth.
- On the strength of six birdies last weekend at the Hoosier Collegiate, freshman Charlie Maleki continued his strong spring play with a 1-over-par, T-10 finish.
- Maleki has three rounds of 71 this season, including the opening round last weekend.
- Marquette enters the final weekend before the BIG EAST Championship with a 293.48 team average, second in the league behind Georgetown’s 292.85.