Marquette Will Host Erin Hills Intercollegiate, Oct. 6-8
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MILWAUKEE - Marquette University will play host to the Erin Hills Intercollegiate, which tees off this weekend in Erin, Wis.
The 54-hole men's golf tournament will run Oct. 6-8 at renowned Erin Hills Golf Course and feature 14 schools, which include some of the top amateur golfers in the world.
Admission is free for the general public all three days of the event, as well as the practice rounds on Saturday, Oct. 5. Teams will play 18 holes daily, with groups starting off of the first tee beginning at 8:30 a.m. Central time on Sunday, Oct. 6.
It will be the first collegiate golf tournament to be played at Erin Hills, site of the 2017 U.S. Open, and the first tournament of its caliber hosted by Marquette.
"We are thrilled to bring a top-tier college tournament to Wisconsin and thank Erin Hills for the opportunity," said MU head coach Steve Bailey. "The combination of a major championship venue and an elite tournament field will showcase an exciting three days of golf."
The Golden Eagles welcome Oklahoma, currently ranked No. 10 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, along with top-50 programs Stanford (No. 11), SMU (No. 31) and Oregon State (No. 45).
UCLA, which will be playing in its first tournament of the fall season at Erin Hills, debuted at No. 6 in the GolfWeek/Nike Golf Division I Coaches Poll.
Other participating teams include in-state programs Wisconsin and Green Bay as well as fellow BIG EAST Conference schools DePaul and St. John's. Along with the Badgers, the Big Ten Conference will be represented by Northwestern, Michigan and Michigan State, and Northern Illinois will round out the field.
Stanford, UCLA, Michigan, Oklahoma and SMU have a combined 13 NCAA championships to their credit, led by Stanford's seven national titles.
Northwestern freshman Matt Fitzpatrick is currently ranked No. 1 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR), while Stanford junior Patrick Rodgers is ranked No. 4 in the world. Fitzpatrick is the reigning U.S. Amateur champion and was the top amateur at the 2013 Open Championship (British Open).
Also competing will be Stanford senior Cameron Wilson, the No. 3-ranked individual in NCAA Division I, according to the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index, along with SMU's Bryson Dechambeau (No. 4), Michigan's Chris O'Neill (No. 23) and Oklahoma's Max McGreevy (No. 32).
"Erin Hills has supported amateur golf in many ways over the years and is excited to host a collegiate event for the first time," said John Morrissett, Competitions Director at Erin Hills. "We look forward to welcoming many of the finest teams in the country and know that some of the players will return in 2017 to play in the U.S. Open here. We are honored to team with Marquette University for this event."
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."