Brandon Cloete was MU's third-leading scorer during the regular season at 74.62/round.
May 12, 2015
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|2015 Marquette Men's Golf - NCAA Noblesville Region (host: Ball State)
|The Sagamore Club - Noblesville, Indiana | Tournament Central
||Thursday - Saturday, May 14-16 | Tee Times/Pairings
||Brandon Cloete, Nick Nelson, Pat Sanchez, CJ Swift, Trevor Thomas
||Ilinois, Oregon, UCLA, Alabama, SMU, UNLV, Virginia Tech, Georgia Southern, Colorado, New Mexico State, East Carolina, Marquette, Alabama State, Pennsylvania
||@MUGolfLive (in-round updates)
||MU Regional Notes | NCAA Program | Golfstat Live Scoring
||Par 72 -- 7,173 yards -- 54 holes
- Marquette makes its second appearance in NCAA Regional action when the Golden Eagles open play in the Noblesville Region, May 14-16.
- The 12th-seeded Golden Eagles earned their bid after winning the 2015 BIG EAST championship in come-from-behind fashion, rallying from an eight-stroke deficit through 36 holes to take the program's second BIG EAST crown.
- Junior Pat Sanchez was the BIG EAST co-champion, finishing 54 regulation holes at 1-under-par (73-73-69--215) - Sanchez is the 2015 BIG EAST Player of the Year.
- The championship was fifth-year coach Steve Bailey's first at MU - Bailey is the 2015 BIG EAST Coach of the Year.
- MU is making its first NCAA Regional appearance since the 2008 Central Region.
- Marquette is the BIG EAST team scoring leader at 295.53 (8.33-over-par).
HOW THEY GOT HERE
Marquette, which led the BIG EAST in regular season scoring at 295.15/round, made a steady climb to the top of the leaderboard on all three days of the BIG EAST championship, finishing with a three-day score of 897 (304-297-296) on the Dogwood/Magnolia layout at Callawassie Island Golf Course near Hilton Head, South Carolina. Each day, the Golden Eagles improved their position - they were fourth after the opening round (six strokes back) and third after the second (eight strokes back). MU trailed by as many as 10 strokes in the final round, but used clutch play from all five players on the back nine - the Golden Eagles made par or better on 34 of 45 back nine holes to pull ahead.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
The top five teams from each of the six regions and the top individual not playing on one of the five advancing teams will move on to the 2015 NCAA Men's Golf Championships at Concession Golf Course in Bradenton, Florida, May 29-June 3. The 72-hole event will be televised live on Golf Channel, the exclusive home of the NCAA Men's Golf Championships.
Ahead by two strokes on second-place DePaul, Pat Sanchez sealed Marquette's championship with a par save as part of the the final threesome at Callawassie. Sanchez, playing with DePaul's Freddy Thomas and Xavier's Jose Montano, missed the par-4 18th green in regulation while Thomas and Montano were on in two. Both made two-putts for par, while Sanchez was forced to play off the green - his third shot went to the back fringe and he made his fourth shot - a 20-foot putt - to save par and seal Marquette's title. Sanchez and Dylan Crowley of St. John's went to a sudden-death playoff to determine the NCAA individual bid, where Crowley bested Sanchez on the third playoff hole to earn the berth.
Marquette won its first BIG EAST Championship and made its first NCAA regional appearance in 2008. That edition of the Golden Eagles was led by three of the program's all-time top-seven scorers - current Web.com Tour pro Mike Van Sickle, MU assistant coach Michael Bielawski, and 2008 BIG EAST Individual Champion Ted Gray. Marquette posted a team tally of 874 and Gray carded a winning score of 211 to take the titles at Traditions Golf Club in Hebron, Kentucky.
The Golden Eagles finished 24th out of 27 teams in Central Region play in challenging weather conditions at Ohio State University's Scarlet Course in Columbus, Ohio (314-299-317--930). Van Sickle, then the nation's 20th-ranked player, carded a 54-hole 231 to finish 85th and post MU's top mark. That region included current PGA Tour pros Rickie Fowler (Oklahoma State), Webb Simpson (Wake Forest) and Billy Horschel (Florida).
Marquette only competed in four events this spring - the Desert Mountain Intercollegiate (March 6-7), the El Macero Classic (April 10-12), the Hawkeye-GRE Invitational (April 18-19) and the BIG EAST Championship (April 26-28). Before winning the BIG EAST title, MU's best spring result came at the El Macero Classic, where the Golden Eagles posted their team low round of the season (281 - first round) and their second-lowest event score of the season (281-296-298--875) to tie for second place.
Marquette competed in seven fall events, including its home tournament, the Erin Hills Intercollegiate. Erin Hills Golf Course in Erin, Wisconsin is the site of the 2017 Men's US Open Championships. The Golden Eagles finished third (299-295-284) in a field that included four top-25 teams and Noblesville Regional teams UCLA and SMU, who finished one-two at Erin Hills. MU recorded its season-best tournament score in the fall at the Windon Memorial (283-286-287--856).
FIRST WIN SINCE...
Marquette's BIG EAST team title and Pat Sanchez's individual crown were MU's first wins since:
Team: Marquette (306-298-301 -- 905) was led by Nick Nelson's fifth-place 225 to win the John Dallio Memorial at Ruffled Feathers Golf Club in Lemont, Illinois Oct. 5-7, 2012.
Individual: Nick Nelson posted a 210 score (70-67-73) to finish 4-under-par and win the Wendy's Kiawah Classic at Turtle Point Golf Course at Kiawah Island, South Carolina Nov. 3-5, 2013.
MU TO HOST 2016 REGIONAL ROUND
Marquette University and The Meadow Valleys Course at Blackwolf Run have been selected as one of six regional round hosts for the 2016 NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championship, May 16-18, 2016. The designation as an NCAA regional host is the first-ever in Marquette program history. The Meadow Valleys Course at Blackwolf Run is located in Kohler, Wisconsin - 54 miles north of Marquette's downtown Milwaukee campus. The Meadow Valleys, which features an 18-hole, 7,250 yard, Par 72 layout, was ranked No. 62 in the Golf Digest ranking of America's 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses in 2013-14. Blackwolf Run, a Pete Dye design which consists of The Meadow Valleys Course and The River Course, opened for play in June 1988 and was named that year's "Best New Public Course" in the country by Golf Digest. Blackwolf Run has hosted the Andersen Consulting World Golf Championships (1995-97) and the U.S. Women's Open in 1998 and 2012.
- Marquette's 15 eagle makes this season are 33rd-most in the country.
- MU is 72-43-2 (1-4-2 vs. Golfstat Top-25) head-to-head vs. all opponents in the 2014-15 season
- MU vs. Noblesville Region teams: UCLA (1st) and SMU (2nd) topped MU (3rd) at the Erin Hills Intercollegiate; Oregon led the field at the Desert Mountain Intercollegiate (MU - 7th).
- MU is the only BIG EAST team with four players ranked in the league's top-16 in scoring (4. Pat Sanchez; 6. Nick Nelson, 12. Brandon Cloete, 16. CJ Swift).