Sept. 14, 2015
MILWAUKEE -- Marquette University will once again host one of the nation’s premier Division I men’s golf events as the Erin Hills Intercollegiate returns to Erin Hills Golf Course, site of the 2017 U.S. Open, Oct. 4-6.
2015 ERIN HILLS INTERCOLLEGIATE
Where: Erin Hills Golf Course (Erin, Wis.)
Course Information: Par: 72, Yardage: 7,812
When: Oct. 4-6, 2014 (practice rounds Saturday, Oct. 3); 18 holes each day with tee times beginning at 8:30 a.m. CT off 1st and 10th tees.
Participants (11): Colorado State, Marquette, Miami (Ohio), Mississippi, New Mexico, Northern Illinois, Oklahoma State, SMU, St. John’s, UCLA, Wisconsin.
Erin Hills Website: erinhills.com
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In addition to host Marquette, the 2015 BIG EAST champions, the third annual Erin Hills Intercollegiate will feature an 11-team field that includes eight NCAA tournament programs from last season and three programs that are currently ranked in the Top 25.
Erin Hills will also welcome two of the world’s top-20 amateur players - 2015 NCAA Champion and U.S. Amateur Open Champion Bryson DeChambeau of SMU, and 2015 Open Championship Silver Medalist (top amateur) Jordan Niebrugge of Oklahoma State.
DeChambeau, the 2014 Erin Hills Intercollegiate medalist, is ranked fourth in the world (as of Sept. 6) while Niebrugge, a native of nearby Mequon, Wisconsin, is ranked 19th according to the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR). DeChambeau and Niebrugge represented the United States in the Walker Cup, Sept. 12-13 in England at Royal Lytham and St. Anne’s.
“We owe a huge thanks to Mr. Ziegler and all the folks at Erin Hills for allowing us to host a top tier college event at a U.S. Open venue,” Marquette head coach Steve Bailey says. “The opportunity to play Erin Hills for four straight days against some of the best competition in college golf will certainly be a memorable experience.”
Just 21 months away from the start of the 2017 U.S. Open, Erin Hills is regarded as one of the nation’s finest publicly-accessible golf courses. The par-72, 7,812-yard layout opened in 2006 and hosted the 111th U.S. Amateur Championship in 2011. The course was ranked No. 8 in Golf Digest's latest list of "America's 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses” and No. 42 in the list of “America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses).
“Erin Hills is excited to welcome, for the third year in a row, not only the best collegiate golfers in the country but many of the best amateur golfers in the world,” says John Morrissett, Erin Hills’ Competitions Director. “We are committed to amateur golf and are honored to host such a distinguished competition. It’s safe to say that several players in this year’s tournament will return to Erin Hills to compete in the 2017 U.S. Open.”
One of the defining elements of the Erin Hills Intercollegiate is the strength and depth of the field. This year, three programs with NCAA team titles in their history will appear - Oklahoma State, UCLA, SMU - all three schools advanced to the NCAA championship rounds last season. UCLA (No. 7), Oklahoma State (No. 16) and SMU (T-20) are ranked in the GCAA Golfweek/Bushnell Preseason poll, while New Mexico is receiving votes.
In addition to DeChambeau and Niebrugge, three other players headed to Erin Hills finished ranked in the Golfweek NCAA top-100 rankings, including UCLA’s Jonathan Garrick (21st - NCAA), who ranks 53rd in the WAGR. Oklahoma State’s Kristoffer Ventura (Norway) was No. 66 and UCLA’s Lorens Chan was No. 84 in last year’s NCAA rankings.
Host Marquette figures to be near the top of the leaderboard - the Golden Eagles finished third in the event last year behind UCLA (No. 1) and SMU (No. 2), and are coming off one of the most accomplished seasons in program history. MU won its second BIG EAST title, led by conference co-champion and player of the year Patrick Sanchez. Sanchez is joined by a group that includes five returning starters: seniors Nick Nelson, CJ Swift and Zach Gaugert, and sophomore Trevor Thomas.
The Erin Hills Intercollegiate is one of two high-profile events hosted by Marquette in 2015-16 - in May, MU will serve as a first-time NCAA Region host at the Meadow Valleys Course at Blackwolf Run in Kohler, Wisconsin.