Marquette University Set To Host Erin Hills Intercollegiate, Oct. 5-7

Marquette will host Erin Hills Intercollegiate Oct. 5-7
Sept. 17, 2014

MILWAUKEE - Marquette University will play host to the Erin Hills Intercollegiate, which tees off the first weekend in October in Erin, Wisconsin.

The 54-hole men's golf tournament will run Oct. 5-7 at renowned Erin Hills Golf Course and feature 11 schools, which include some of the top amateur golfers in the world. It will be the second time Marquette hosts a golf tournament at Erin Hills, site of the 2017 U.S. Open.

Admission is free for the general public all three days of the event, as well as the practice rounds on Saturday, Oct. 4. Teams will play 18 holes daily, with groups starting off of the first tee and tenth tee beginning at 8:30 a.m. Central time on Sunday, Oct. 5.

"We are excited to bring our home tournament back to Erin Hills," said MU head coach Steve Bailey. "We are thankful for the opportunity to tee it up at a US Open venue against some of the premier college programs in the country."

The Golden Eagles welcome South Florida, currently ranked No. 1 in the country by Golfweek, after opening the season with a tournament victory at the Invitational at the Ocean Course. The field will also include UCLA, who finished the 2013-14 season ranked No. 12 in the Golfstat rankings, along with No. 20 SMU and No. 27 Kentucky.

The in-state rival Wisconsin Badgers will join BIG EAST Conference foe St. John's along with Colorado State, Grand Canyon and Northwestern.

Marquette University will return all five players from last year's Big East Runner-up squad, including 2014 US Amateur participants Brandon Cloete and Nick Nelson. Another notable is Marquette's two-time All Big East Conference selection, Patrick Sanchez, who opened the season with an 11th place finish at the Northern Intercollegiate. The junior from Mazatlan, Mexico, fired a second round 69, on a day when no other player broke 71.

 

 

SMU's Bryson Dechambeau is the top returner from a year ago, finishing in third place at 3-under-par, with rounds of 69-71-73. Dechambeau recently led the USA squad to a victory at the World Amateur Team Championship. Last year's runner-up, UCLA, will be represented by a pair of All-Americans in Jonathan Garrick and Lorens Chan. Garrick set the Erin Hills course record with a final round 7-under-par 65 en route to a sixth place finish. Chan posted a record of his own, playing the back nine in 30, to card a 4-under-par 68 and finish 3rd individually.

"After witnessing some great golf at last year's tournament, Erin Hills is excited to partner with Marquette again," said John Morrissett, Competitions Director at Erin Hills. "It is a pleasure to have many of the game's finest amateurs tackle Erin Hills, and it will be fun to see who returns to play in the 2017 U.S. Open."

The par-72, 7,234-yard Erin Hills Golf Course opened in 2006 and hosted the 111th U.S. Amateur Championship back in 2011. The course was ranked No. 10 in Golf Digest's latest list of "America's 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses."

Live scoring will be available through golfstat.com when the tournament begins.

If you are interested in serving as a volunteer during this year's event, please send an email to volunteererinhills@yahoo.com.

What: Erin Hills Intercollegiate

Where: Erin Hills Golf Course (Erin, Wis.) (Par: 72, Yardage: 7,234)

When: Oct. 5-7, 2014 (practice rounds Saturday, Oct. 4); 18 holes each day with tee times beginning at 8:30 a.m. Central time off 1st and 10th tees.

Participants (11): Colorado State, Grand Canyon, Kentucky, Marquette (host), Northern Illinois, Northwestern, South Florida, St. John's, SMU, UCLA, Wisconsin

Erin Hills Website:  erinhills.com

Former NCAA Champions:
UCLA (2): 2008, 1988
SMU (1): 1954

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